On the plus side for the Leafs...Pitkanen left the game against NJ mid-way through and will likely not play. He's been the Canes best defenseman this year and eating up over 24min / game, leads the Canes defensemen with 6 points and a +8.
With him out, it means the Canes have to play both Corvo and Sanguinetti (who has been brutal defensively). Leafs should be able to get a lot of scoring chances if the Canes have to ice that defense.
Have you been living under a rock for the past week or two? The leafs are hotter than hell at the moment! They beat the s*** out of Montreal (they suck anyways) and made Philly look like an AHL team. Kadri, Frattin, JVR, most of our D, Kessel, Bozak (beast at FOs so far), the 2nd line, 4th line have been playing exceptional hockey, and I hope they continue to show consistency.
I'm fully expecting the leafs to show up like they did in the past few games and give the Canes a run for their money! I see a change in the atmosphere, folks. Call me cynical, but we're witnessing a completely different hockey team from what we're all used to here in Toronto.
The only thing I'm worried about is Scrivens. I really hope he comes out strong and plays like he's contending for the #1 goalie spot.
No I haven't been living under a rock. I know the Leafs are running on a 4 game streak and it's been fun watching them. I know they've been playing well on the road. I also know that they have had a hard time playing against the Canes. I also know that their starting goaltender is out and now one of their best goal scorers so far this season is out as well.
It's great seeing what the team is able to do but you said the word 'consistency' and that is what this team has yet to prove. They haven't played nearly enough games to prove they are a consistent team. I would hope that they show up tomorrow and play hard. I never said that I think the Leafs are going to get stomped. I said I don't think they're going to win. There's a difference. Expecting a loss doesn't mean that they team can't or won't play well or really try. I hope this team has the fortitude to dig down deep and rise above adversity. They rose above it with Lupul and Gardiner not in the line up. We're about to see the depth of this team and how much more adversity they can face. It's not that I think the Leafs can't win a game without Reimer and Frattin in the line up, I just think that of all teams, the Canes are a very big test to a team that's still a work in progress and a team that has lost several important players due to injury.
No Frattin, no Reimer, and no problem muh fugga, just let MacArthur run loose on the Winnipeg Blue Bomber line, you know how Clarke likes to kick the ***** of those son of a *****es on the regular degular you know.