Leafs @ Rangers - The battle of powerplay giants.. um scratch that
New game. Clean slate.
Rangers are struggling offensively, but King Henry is steady on his head.
Burning question that is in front of Leafs nation is: Who will start the game on Saturday?
Regarding last game: Goaltending was bad, but our team lost its feet when playing final 2 periods of 3 games in 4 nights, or 2nd in 2 or 4th in 6. Not that I am not upset, but I am not going to keep pointing to this ugly loss, especially if we play like we did in first 3 games (even if it is a loss).
Will be interesting to see how mad Carlyle is today. The line-up will see some changes for sure.
Kessel is playing the perimeter game that caused his slow start/slumps many yeasr,and you would think he would learn from it. I think he is a slow learner. The first game he starts driving the net good things will happen again. Kaleta scared him away i guess.
The turnovers/sloppy play with a 2 goal lead was cockiness,and not laying back to exploit mistakes.The message was clear defense first,and these guys won't do it.
I blame Phaneuf not for the loss but,for the stinky display of Captaincy. Disgusting. He needs to make it disappear this game,and run this team.
I don't imagine they'll get much rest after Carlyle gets done with them today.
That's what I'm thinking as well
It's funny, because looking at our PP, I don't know how the team went 2 games scoring all their goals on a the PP and actually coming out with a win in one of those games.
Team played well at MSG last year. Hope the building continues to help the Leafs but no amount of magic is going to help them if they bring the kind of effort they brought last night. They need defensive awareness like they had in the Pens game and if they bring a steady defensive game, it may not matter as much who's in net.
This looks like a tough game to win. The Rangers are a much better team and should be hungry for a win. I think we get blown out, but I hope I'm wrong... Reimer should get the start and hopefully he has a good game and can keep us in it. Kessel will need to get his game going.
it'll be b3 games in 4 nights for the rangers to i believe
what we saw last night in the 2nd period alot of teams will go through
the leafs will have to adjust better and play a better stay at home game.
much like 2nd OT in the playoffs
come out hard for the first 5 min. then sit back and send 1 or 2 guys in,make a late push last few minutes of the period
so no jake gardiner or phaneuf end to end rushes, and no unneccessary pinching with turnovers causing 2 on 1s
People are talking about Gardiner but lets remember this is his sophomore year and he will struggle regardless of his concussion. Most if not all NHL D usually struggle that 2nd season and lucky for us its only 48 games long.