LGD – Give Jim Nill every hockey award forever

It’s December, often known as “Deathcember” for Leafs fans, and the team is starting the month off with a game against a not-so-familiar foe. The Stars, who look sort of scary at first glance, are in town, and they’re desperate for wins. After an eventful summer that had folks ready to hand them the Cup for ten years in a row, they’ve stumbled in a big way, and are a wreck defensively, conceding 84 goals through 24 games. Those are almost Oilers-level numbers. 

This will be the second of a five-game home stand for the Leafs, which started off nicely with a destruction of the Capitals this past Saturday.

The Leafs

Projected lines via DailyFaceoff.com

James van Riemsdyk-Young Bozak-Phil Kessel

Joffrey Lupul-The Dream-Mike Santorelli

Daniel Winnik-Peter Holland-Davey Clarkman

David Booth-Trevor Smith-Richard Panik

Dion Phaneuf-Cody Franson

Jake Gardiner-Korbinian Holzer

Morgan Rielly-Stephane Robidas

The Stars

Projected lines via DailyFaceoff.com

Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Ales Hemsky

Erick Cole-Jason Spezza-Patrick Eaves

Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt

Shawn Horcoff-Vernon Fiddler-Travis Moen

Trevor Daley-Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski-John Klingberg

Jyrki Jokipakka-Jordie Benn

I’m not sure what that defence group is supposed to be, but it’s certainly something. 

As mentioned above, the Stars are having a rough time keeping pucks out of their net this season. They used a little three-game win streak last week to get out of the lottery talk, but then dropped games to the Wild and Avalanche, giving up ten goals in the process. If the Leafs get four lines going and start things off aggressively, they should be able to get the offense going early and put the Stars in a hole. 

Starting Goalies

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What to look for

  • Lots of goals, maybe.
  • Some replays of Robidas breaking his leg with the Stars last year.
  • Young Bozak to get into the NHL’s top-20 in points 
  • More talk about the Kessel-Seguin trade, but totally more tolerable now
  • A Jason Spezza drop-pass to nobody
  • I’m not sure if the Toronto rule applies to Spezza because he played with the Sens for so long, but a quick Google search shows that Daley is also from the Big Smoke, so pencil him in for a goal. All we can do is hope it’s not too damaging.

  • Chris Johnston ‏”Tyler Seguin says “I’m still a bit of a Leafs fan at heart.”

    Does anyone have the video of this interview? I can’t find it anywhere. Also, pretty sure this is going to be all over the place this week because we only have 3 games week.

  • jasken

    Like to see Bozak score another goal myself just to keep his goal scoring streak to 4 games and points streak to 5 games. If Kessel is actually looking to change those long delays between streaks tonight would be a good time 5 games without him scoring is unbearable I need a Kessel fix.