I'm not as confident as others are about this game. The Leafs are a physical team and the Canes can struggle against teams like that. They are also a very opportunistic team that makes the most of other teams mistakes so the Canes will have to minimize any mistakes to be successful.
The Kings game gave me confidence in the Hurricanes' physicality when needed, hopefully they can be just as physical here.
Toronto seems to have beefed up some I think and I wouldn't be all that surprised to see Muller dress Westgarth (for some/no reason). I hope Komi sticks it to them if he plays. don't see a win though with the matchups on the road either.
Listening to M vs W about how Toronto's numbers are much worse than their current record would belie, I would think that we could come out ahead on this game. The key is our zone control I think, and solid goal tending as per usual.
I hope Komi comes up strong against his old team. We need his big body presence with the goonish size Toronto has gained. I agree that it would make sense for him to go in and Bellemore to be the healthy scratch. I think Murphy's play making factor is just too strong to take him out of the equation, where we need pass control and a bit more offensive sting. He also appears to be good at keeping his head up.
Word on the twitter is that Lindholm could be good to go for the Islander game, and Gleason is riding with the team and should start skating soon.
Will be interesting to see if the lines stay the same. Ruu seemed pretty snappy on the first line last night.