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All of that is inconsequential.  In Game 5, Cassidy will control the matchups for the most part and always puts Bergeron out against the Matthews unit.  Its why I suggested switching up Matthews wingers on the road to Marleau/Marner.

Now, for game 6... then it does present the option of keeping Plekanec between Marleau-Marner against the Bergeron line and seeing if Johnsson-Kadri-Kapanen can get something going together.  This gives you the option to also drop Bozak's line's minutes at 5v5.

Yeah, I guess I was thinking specifically of that one goal where Plekanec got trapped on the ice after an icing and the Marchand line came out and the scored a goal.  Although it was only one of the 5 (for the forwards) that line has put up so far in this series.

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Dreger said on the radio today that his educated guess is that Komarov goes right back in when he's healthy. I, reluctantly of course, agree with that assessment.

What does he know without Nonis on staff though?

Maybe he has an Athletic subscription?

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https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/bruins-announcer-goes-nuts-leafs-injury-causes-whistle/

Not sure if anyone posted this but what a tool Edwards is. Never seen a bigger homer in my life.

Yeah he had a pretty epic rant when the Bruins beat the Habs in the playoffs a couple of years back.

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Marleau - Matthews - Marner
Hyman - Kadri - Nylander
Jvr- Bozak - Brown
Johnsson - Plekanec - Kapanen

I think that's definitely worth a shot on the road.

Those top two lines happened at times during the season when they were doing road matches with just the centres. Itíll come up again in game 5. Now we have the added benefit of rolling out Plekanec as an option with Kadriís line if there is a shuffle for whatever reason.

The thing is, what made Plekanec effective?  Was it his linemates, his renewed enthusiasm because he felt useful, the fact that he hates Marchand?  I think that is the question that needs to be answered, because if he isn't as effective if he is centering Johnsson and Kapanen, then he shouldn't be put back there.  The Leafs need him to be more effective than he was in games 1 and 2.  They need him to be as effective as he was in game 3, and hope that it wasn't just a one time thing.

1.  I'm sure being moved up in the lineup made him more engaged, for sure
2.  I hate Marchand too, and would love to be on the ice pestering him if I was Plekanec.
3.  Plekanec with Kapanen and Johnsson has actually been decent, regular season and in game 2.  Game 1 he had Komarov on his left wing, and they got buried.  Plekanec also got buried when playing with Komarov in the regular season.  I see a familiar pattern here.

And maybe that's it.  Maybe it's just he and Komarov don't play well together.  They'll have one more game to evaluate the situation.  If Plekanec has a solid game in game 4, then I think they'll have some decision making to do.  I guess there is nothing stopping them from going back to the original line up, and if stuff isn't working well, try something different mid game in game 5.

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Marleau - Matthews - Marner
Hyman - Kadri - Nylander
Jvr- Bozak - Brown
Johnsson - Plekanec - Kapanen

I think that's definitely worth a shot on the road.

Those top two lines happened at times during the season when they were doing road matches with just the centres. Itíll come up again in game 5. Now we have the added benefit of rolling out Plekanec as an option with Kadriís line if there is a shuffle for whatever reason.

The thing is, what made Plekanec effective?  Was it his linemates, his renewed enthusiasm because he felt useful, the fact that he hates Marchand?  I think that is the question that needs to be answered, because if he isn't as effective if he is centering Johnsson and Kapanen, then he shouldn't be put back there.  The Leafs need him to be more effective than he was in games 1 and 2.  They need him to be as effective as he was in game 3, and hope that it wasn't just a one time thing.

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So if Plekanec does a good job on the second line in the next game, does that mean we ice a lineup in game 5 that has Kadri between Johnsson and Kapanen?  Cuz knee jerk reaction me thinks that would be awesome.

Problem is Babcock won't be controlling the match-ups in game 5, so he likely won't be able to get the Plekanec line up against Bergeron.

Right, but in that case, he has three lines that we would feel comfortable with on the ice against the Bergeron line.  I think that Kadri on a defacto 4th line with Kapanen and Johnsson, along with a rejuvenated Plekanac with Marner and Marleu, and then the first line with Matthews, Hyman and Nylander would all be able to hold their own for the most part against that line.  That really only leaves the Bozak, JVR, Brown line as the line you really don't want to have out there against them.  And even then, you just hope that Bozak can win the faceoff and they can get the puck out for a change in that case, because the only case where I see that happening is on an icing.

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So if Plekanec does a good job on the second line in the next game, does that mean we ice a lineup in game 5 that has Kadri between Johnsson and Kapanen?  Cuz knee jerk reaction me thinks that would be awesome.

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I don't like that the Might Odin and Mot The Barber have the same avatar.  Can we get some kind of ruling on that?

Also, just keep in mind that a person trolling another team says more about that individual as a person than it does about your team.   

Iíve been a member since 1999 and have had this avatar for just about as long.  So I call dibs!😎

Also, as you are the all father to the Norse gods, that should probably come with some perks.

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"Steve Simmons, in your wildest imagination, could you ever have predicted that after more than 25 years in the business you'd be considered one of the worst sports writers in all of North America?"

Hey I'm all for the "Gretzky looks like he is skating with a piano on his back" effect if it means that Matthews comes out with a virtuoso performance.  Thanks again Bob Mackenzie.

The big difference in your example is that Bob McKenzie was and is considered one of the premier hockey analysts around, Steve Simmons is viewed as a tabloid hack.  Being called out by one isn't the same as being called out by the other.

This is true.  But maybe the only person crazy enough to ask it was Simmons.
Is it a productive question? I don't think so. The question is impossible to answer. He's acknowledged he needs to better.

As a pro, you need to be able handle the heat but there's also a element of professionalism that should be met by the media.

No, but it's also not productive to say that a player is skating around with a piano on his back. 

I agree that Simmons shouldn't have asked a boneheaded question like that.  It's akin to someone asking someone from the losing team "Hey sport, your team just lost in overtime in game 7, how do you feel right now?"  Geez, I don't know random media person, how do you think he feels?

Same thing here.  "Could you have ever imagined....?"  Geez Steve, I didn't really go in to the series thinking to myself "Hey guys, what happens if Bergeron's line has 20 points before I get my first one?"

However, it's the effect after the fact that I am more interested in.  If this adds a little more fuel to the fire of Matthews, then great.  Although as you have stated, he already acknowledged that he needed to be better, so perhaps the furnace is fully stoked anyways.  And actually having typed that, maybe it just becomes another false narrative in sports that surrounds Matthews.  He comes out and has a great game, powers the Leafs to a win, and then it becomes about Steve Simmons firing him up, when really he was just plain embarrassed from the first two games and elevated based on that embarrassment.

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"Steve Simmons, in your wildest imagination, could you ever have predicted that after more than 25 years in the business you'd be considered one of the worst sports writers in all of North America?"

Hey I'm all for the "Gretzky looks like he is skating with a piano on his back" effect if it means that Matthews comes out with a virtuoso performance.  Thanks again Bob Mackenzie.

The big difference in your example is that Bob McKenzie was and is considered one of the premier hockey analysts around, Steve Simmons is viewed as a tabloid hack.  Being called out by one isn't the same as being called out by the other.

This is true.  But maybe the only person crazy enough to ask it was Simmons. 

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"Steve Simmons, in your wildest imagination, could you ever have predicted that after more than 25 years in the business you'd be considered one of the worst sports writers in all of North America?"

Hey I'm all for the "Gretzky looks like he is skating with a piano on his back" effect if it means that Matthews comes out with a virtuoso performance.  Thanks again Bob Mackenzie. 

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Did anyone else see the cringe worthy question asked to Matthews?

Could you imagine after 2 games your line would have zero versus the Bergeron line that has 20 points?

Straight to the bone, get angry Matthews, let's go.

Mat-Thews:  And the Members of the Maple Leafs

Auston:  I am Auston. Centre of the Leafs and defender of the secrets of Bauer Hockey. This is Nylander... my fearless winger. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my Nexus N1 and said... By the power of Bauer!

Mat-Thews: I score the GOALS! Nylander became the Mighty Assist Master, and I became Mat-Thews the most powerful goal scorer in the NHL. Only a few others share this secret... Our friends: Mitch Marner, Marleau and Hyman. Together we defend the Neutral Zone from the evil forces of Boston.

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Dubas:  Psst, Lou, pass this note to Shanny.
*Lou passes note to Shanny*
*Shanny unfolds note and reads it*
Note:  Am I the Leafs next GM, check yes or no. 
                yes                no



But I'm all Dubas. 

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If the Leafs are losing at the half-way point of this game we have to put Nylander-Matthews-Marner together and play them like every other shift.

I swear to god, if they do that, they need to play the Voltron music the first time they take the ice.

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Oh I know, the Leafs are on the upswing and even the most pessimistic fan has to acknowledge that.  They're finally building a team with mostly home-grown talent.  We have more young guys coming (Johnsson and Kapanen weren't all season regulars yet), Grundstrom, Engvall, Aaltonen have all seemed to progress well and have a shot at making the Leafs next season.  The future is brighter than I've ever seen it in the last 40 years.

My favourite aspect of this playoffs 'run' so far is how very clear it must now be to the front office that Dubas is the way to go moving forward.

I did see Shanahan roll his eyes when they showed a reaction shot last game, and that screams Dubas.


C'mon man, that's a bit of a stretch seeing an eye-roll and assuming Shanahan is pining for Dubas to run the team  ;D

I would be more on board with this if after said eye-roll, Dubas is standing behind Shanahan and Shanny turns to him and points and we see Dubas nod his head.  ;D ;D


Dubas:  Psst, Lou, pass this note to Shanny.
*Lou passes note to Shanny*
*Shanny unfolds note and reads it*
Note:  Am I the Leafs next GM, check yes or no. 
                yes                no


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