A week ago, everyone was going to get fired and traded. Now? The Leafs have won three in a row, have finally put their best centre and winger on the same line, and are looking to keep rolling. So it’s pretty darn appropriate that they are in the desert to play the Phoe-, Seatt–, Las Veg–, Arizona Coyotes tonight. Cause it’s hot in the desert. And the Leafs are hot right now. Get it? Okay good.
Lupul remains out, and the Leafs have looked fine without him. Sustained success without him could lead to him being moved methinks.
Winnik – Kadri – Kessel
van Riemsdyk – Bozak – Clarkson
Komarov – Santorelli – Holland
Panik – Carrick – Ashton
Phaneuf – Franson
Rielly – Polak
Gardiner – Robidas
It’s looking like this could be the year where the Coyotes finally don’t exceed expectations. They’ve been really bad so far this year, but most concerning to Don Maloney has to be the team’s inability to play defensive hockey, which has been their bread and butter for years. Maloney has threatened change if things don’t turn around.
But hey, maybe letting your best offensive player go without getting anything in return and signing a very average goalie to a long-term deal isn’t smart.
On a positive note, the Yotes could finally get that game-changing F they’ve been looking for for so long. I, of course, mean via the draft. Because the Yotes are bad.
Projected Lines via DailyFaceoff.com
Rieder – Vermette – Doan
Erat – Hanzal – Hodgman
Korpikoski – Gagner – Boedker
Yandle – Stone
Summers – Murphy