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LGD: But am I, still waiting?

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs play game 81 of 82 in the regular season, and nothing sums up my feelings right now more than this.

I’m not going to tell you about the scenario they need to make it further, because I’ve done that twice so far this week and they’ve lost both times. I’m not nervous, you’re nervous!

There’s not much more to say. Let’s dive right in to the lineups:

The Leafs

Nothing I say will make your feel better or worse about the lineup. You know the lineup, I know the lineup. It’s a good lineup. I hope they’re playing NHL Hockey next Saturday, too.

The Penguins

Defensive Pairings
Brian Dumoulin
Brian Dumoulin
Justin Schultz
Justin Schultz
Ian Cole
Ian Cole
Trevor Daley
Trevor Daley
Ron Hainsey
Ron Hainsey
Mark Streit

Mark Streit

Brownie points if you could say with a straight face you’d have Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz as the Penguins #1 d-pairing at this point of the year. The Penguins have like six dudes who have never been impact players in the NHL before this year, (and some of them are still waiting for that chance.)

Added note, doesn’t look like we’ll get to see Frank Corrado tonight.

Toronto’s fortunate enough I guess that Pittsburgh’s missing all of Olli Maatta, Kris Letang, and Evgeni Malkin to injuries.

It’s a weakened lineup, but it’s still the Penguins and they’re still very good. Let’s see how this one goes.

Between the pipes

Frederik Andersen goes up against Marc-Andre Fleury, who’s putting up a .911 save percentage as a backup this year.

Where to watch

CBC, you goofball.

Spoiler: I’m legitimately terrified. But let’s have some fun tonight.

  • FlareKnight

    Yeah, I just don’t get people. Sure there would be things to take away from this season and feel good stories. But would that be enough? No!

    There were low expectations going in. Maybe a bottom 10 finish, make some small progress, good stuff. But they put themselves here. Needing 1 win to clinch with 4 games left on the schedule. They did that. Once they put themselves in that position the expectations changed.

    It would be a massive disappointment to falter here. Doesn’t mean it was a total waste, but it would be a failure. So they need to go out there and utterly defeat Pittsburgh. They got themselves to this point, so go the rest of the way and win this game.

  • lukewarmwater

    First of all you look great in your grad ceremony gown there young man. Would I be crushed??? Not particularly, But, but, but how could I make that sacrilegious comment. Freaking easy, if you been a leaf fan well for 60 years, I mean What’s 50 freaking years out in the wilderness. The rebuild is indeed in fine form. Oh yeah all the clearasil crowd will be heart broken but the bottom line is that this squad has entertained the hell out of us and is in a very rapid rebuilding stage. So no matter what the heck happens I salute the management and players on a wonderful season of entertainment.

  • Gary Empey

    Boston has lost. They finish the season with 95 points. Ottawa has won and sits at 98 points. They play the Islanders tomorrow to finish the 82 game season. There will be plenty of time for postmortem assessments after the fat lady sings. We have seen some exciting hockey from the Leafs this year. This game against Pittsburgh will be no exception. Playing in these sort of races is precisely the type of experience our Leafs needed. Now next year when Babcock says, “these October, November games are really important”, all the guys will now know for sure, just how important those games can turn out to be. LukeWarmWater has a bottle of champagne chilling on ice. (VEUVE CLICQUOT – BRUT)

    • lukewarmwater

      Indeed I do Gary, now a fun event I will be attending tomorrow is one of the finer wine stores in God’s country, a.k.a. Vancouver has as their special guest none other than one Dave Tiger Williams presenting a fine bottle of Chile wine that he happens to be promoting. Now the Tiger and I will gang up on the first ugly Habs fan we see. It will be great to see the Tiger again and buy some of the quality Chile wine. Btw Gary I have really, really enjoyed your postings all season long. Your wit, satire and general knowledge of the game has been a true delight. If I can convince the better half to travel to your neck of the woods I would love to take you and your better half out for an evening of wining , and dining. The Veuve Cicquot Brut is indeed cold and I have a felt pen ready to put a big X on it which is synonymous with making the playoffs. Go leafs Go.

      • Gary Empey

        I has been a pleasure for me to read your thoughtful insights into the hockey and the Leafs in particular. If you do make it over here you would be as welcome as the flowers of May. Rumour has it there may be a wee bit of a celebration tonight. Some Leaf fans will be coming home in a wheel barrow.