LGD: No More Hot Dogs, Much More Mustard

Some might say that the Nashville Predators are the reason that the Toronto Maple Leafs are who they are right now. Their blowout win over the blue and white last November created a downward spiral of catastrophe for a team that really didn’t have too much expectation placed on it to begin with, and ever since, things have been bottomed out for the sake of being built back up.

With that said, fans still don’t want to see another seven-goal defeat, and neither does the team. Let’s take a look at what’s going down tonight.

The Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs lines via Daily Faceoff

Bobby Cappucino didn’t like these lines and got the roast of a lifetime for it. Personally, I’m just wondering what the heck Frank Corrado has to do to get back into an NHL lineup. He’s better than guys than the Canucks picked over him, and he’s certainly better than Roman Polak. Does the NHL have a Woodbridge bias? Did they serve expired Brio at a GMs meeting?

The Predators

Nashville Predators lines via Daily Faceoff

Everybody on this roster who was signed by not Paul Holmgren (sorry Weber offer sheet) makes a combined total of nineteen dollars. I’m not sure if I’m more amused by Mike Fisher being a first liner or Cody Hodgson being a right winger but hey, if it works in Tennessee.. 

Starting Goaltenders

James Reimer will start in his sixth consecutive game tonight. Jonathan Bernier is back on the bench, but he’s still recovering from his injury; not to mention, Reimer is putting on a show of late. In his last five starts, he’s had a whopping 0.941 save percentage to bring him up to a respectable 0.918 on the season. Nashville is a pretty middle of the pack team in terms of 5-on-5 shooting percentage at the moment, so he’s not up against a massive challenge if the Leafs stay disciplined.

In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne. Rinne is consistently inconsistent, rarely able to string together a multi-year stretch of top level hockey. This year, he’s starting off the year at a 0.910 through twelve games, though he’s also picked up 18 of a possible 24 points with his 8-2-2 record.

What To Watch For

  • Nazem Kadri has a good history against the Predators. He’s four days away from the 5-year anniversary of his first NHL point, which was earned against them. As well, he’s got five points in five games against them in his career, joining Morgan Rielly and PA Parenteau in the point-per-pred club.
  • Toronto has ended regulation with a score that doesn’t reflect a loss in four of their past five games. Maybe that means something, or maybe it doesn’t. The Preds, on the other hand, have just one regulation loss at home this year.
  • Filip Forsberg is really good, and the part of me that wants Alex Ovechkin to win a cup one day is not 
  • We all like to talk up James van Riemsdyk’s sick contract, but have you seen Roman Josi? He’s become one of the league’s elite defenders and makes $4 million a season until the apocalypse.
  • GOLD HELMETS! Actually, I think those are only on certain days. Uhh.. GOLD JERSEYS!

The puck drops at 8 PM, and you can catch this game on TSN.

  • CMpuck

    Ugh, that 9-2 lost was on my birthday, Dangle’s video was the silver lining, well that and it was the point of no escape moment where the rebuild fans like me have been beating the drum for since the Quinn era.

  • Gary Empey

    Jeffler Re- Roman Polak. Like you, I would like to see Corrado in a game soon.

    One has to ask themselves why does Babcock continue to play Polak in every game.

    Do you feel it is bad coaching on his part?

    If you bench Polak do you have two defensive pairings other teams can push around at will?

    Petter Granberg is back practicing with the Marlies this week after rehabbing a torn achilles he suffered in June. As soon as he is back in shape I expect Leafs will call him up and Polack may then sit.

    Talent Analysis

    Granberg is a defensive defender with very good size. He has both strong defensive acumen and can chip in offensively on occasion with a strong first-pass. He plays a smart defensive game and is rarely caught out of position. Granberg does a good job containing opposition forwards in the defensive zone due to his large wing span and body position. He plays a similar style to one-time Maple Leaf defender Carl Gunnarsson but with more of a physical edge to his game. He is expected to become an even more dominant defender as he matures

  • SEER

    New player to keep your eye on for the 2016 Draft, folks..! Now, one of my top considerations, for sure…

    For all those out there, who think that shorter players aren’t worth looking at, I dare you to keep your position, after watching this kid’s highlights.. He’s a lot like a Theron Fluery / Doug Gilmour type of player.. and might even be higher scoring….

    He’s already had 3 hat-tricks, one 4 goal game.. and a FIVE goal game, in his first 16 games of the 2015-16 season.. and was the OHL AND CHL Rookie Of The Year, last season…. Alex is the OHL’s present top-scorer, 12 goals ahead of the 2nd place player..! … and just recently won the October 2015 Player Of The Month, for the OHL..

    Alex DeBrincat
    Center — shoots R
    Born Dec 18 1997 — Detroit, MI
    17 yrs. ago
    Height 5.07 — Weight 161

    RECENT STATS:

    2014-15 Erie Otters – OHL
    68 Games… 51 Goals… 53 Assists… 104 Points… (and get this) a +59
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    2015 PLAYOFFS
    20 Games… 9 Goals… 7 Assists… 16 Points… +1

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    2015-16 Erie Otters – OHL
    (*1st 2 months)
    16 Games… 25 Goals… 19 Assists… 35 Points… +9
    —————————————-­————
    2015-16 Team Columbia – USA -S17
    5 Games… 1 Goal… 0 Assists… 1 Point… +2

    Turbo Otter: Alex DeBrincat 2014 & 2015 Highlights

    —-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFjTzTi0tRA

  • Gary Empey

    Alex DeBrincat is very good for sure.

    Leafs, like every other team, really do need another elite defenceman.

    I expect there will be a lot of different opinions once again this year come draft time.

    • Gary Empey

      i feel like debrincat will fall into the 2nd round because he’s only 5’7. i don’t think anyone is going to pick him in the 1st round. look at bracco. i hope he’s there for the leafs to take him in later rounds!