LGD: Ending The Blues

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Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars was disgracefully bad. I’m mad at myself for even mentioning it. But with that mess in mind, the Leafs are heading into the Scottrade Center in St. Louis looking to pull away from back-to-back regulation losses and get back to picking up standings points in a late-night match against the Blues.

The Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

All the lines are shuffled. Ryan Fancey wonders if the Leafs should take further advantage of that. Ben Smith is back, and Frederik Gauthier has headed back to the Marlies. Morgan Rielly may or may not be back; we’ll know for sure in a few hours. This is a really different lineup, but we’ll see how it works.

The Blues

St. Louis Blues lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

The Blues are shaking things up in a much bigger way today. Ken Hitchcock was fired yesterday, and Mike Yeo is the new bench boss in his place. You know St. Louis is going to have an emotional game in reaction.

Oh, and Kevin Shattenkirk gets to face his definitely maybe future team.

Starting Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen starts in goal for the Leafs. He gave up three of eight against the Stars, but everybody was terrible in that period and the goals he gave up were high-danger chances. Thankfully, he got the mercy pull rather early, and with Curtis McEhlinney not faring much better, you’d have to assume he’s gotten some extra mental and physical rest.

Jake Allen took some time off to hit his own mental reset button recently, and his return.. didn’t go so well on Tuesday. He gave up four goals on 23 shots. We’ll see how he does in his first game under Yeo tonight.

What to Watch For

Toronto’s starving for points, the Blues are starving for redemption. Both teams are of similar calibre, and both need this game. Honestly, this could go any sort of way; a 1-0 shootout win/loss, a blowout, or maybe even just a regular hockey game. Puck drop for this one is at 9:00 PM.

  • LukeWarmWater

    Jeff glad to see you didn’t sit on the fence regarding the out come this evening.
    As Stan the man pointed out the leafs play a brutal 35 games in 69 days. But heh the toadies and lap poodles of TSN and Rogers will simply suggest it is the league computer that decides the schedule. Whereas the real truth is M.L.S.E. could give a rats ass about both the leafs and their poor cousins the Raptors schedule. Just remember in back to back the leafs have two wins as all teams struggle the second night. Should the leafs miss the playoffs by a few points, leaf fans can once again look at the extremely difficult second half schedule and the as usual huge number of back to back games. But in the mean time and in between time M.L.S.E. is winning as usual at the bank.

    • LukeDaDrifter

      Also looking at the league standings there is real parity. Buffalo and Detroit in 27th/28th spot are tied with 49 points. Both teams are only 3 games out of a playoff spot. A short win streak or losing streak at this time, could define the season for a lot teams this year.

      • LukeWarmWater

        Well this indeed is paradise for little man Bettman. Baseball by adding the wild card teams now has the selling point of meaningful games in September. PARITY is the word that league commissioners and owners glorify.