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His initials are M and M.  How can he be bad?

Well, he does spell his first name the wrong way. I've discussed this with him on a few occasions, but he seems unwilling to change.

Stop pretending that you aren't Mark Masters. We know that you're Mark Masters.

Mark Masters just said that Andersen and Ward start tonight.

Meaning McBackup likely gets Ovi and the Caps. Guess Babs really wants the two points here and is gonna cross his fingers for tomorrow.

I actually think Martin has played pretty well this year, and given he plays 8 minutes a game, a 25 point pace is pretty damn decent. 

His one 3-point game, which I mean let's face was a fluke and might never happen again in his career, is really skewing things though. Take that out and he's on pace to score 15 points, which is exactly his career average.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 10:33:16 AM »


The funny thing is, Martin hasn't annoyed me so much this year. He's been fairly adequate and even done some decent things.

But really I think this decision probably makes the Leafs a better lineup so you can't really argue.

I hope it works cos you know as soon as anything goes wrong Martin will be back in. Tie goes to the veteran after all.

I feel like he becomes really noticeable (in a not-good way I mean) the most when Babcock tries to run 4 even lines like he is here. He just feels like such an anchor on any line that he would go on. So I'd be fine with Babs alternating between using 4 even lines like this and sitting Martin and loading up the top-9 a little more and running a Martin-Moore-Soshnikov 4th line.

14-8-1, 29 points | 9-7-4, 22 points 

Projected Lines




Skinner-Lindholm-Di Giuseppe




Matt Martin
Dominic Moore
Roman Polak

Victor Rask
Klas Dahlbeck

Game Notes

•McElhinney (2-1-0, 3.05 GAA, .910 Sv%) will likely start for the Leafs
•Back to back situation, and while the Leafs usually start Andersen in the first game we play at home against the Capitals tomorrow night, so I'm going to guess Andersen gets the start in that one instead
•The Leafs made some changes at practice yesterday, most notably bumping Matt Martin out of the line-up in favour of Leivo. It's expected Martin will be a healthy scratch for the first time as a Leaf

•Scott Darling (6-5-4, 2.69 GAA, .900 Sv%) will likely start for the Hurricanes
•After a stretch where they went 5-1-1, Carolina is coming off their worst loss of the season: a 6-1 beating by the Rangers. The game saw Scott Darling give up a goal where a Ranger player just lobbed it on net from 90 feet away and Darling failed to properly catch it
•Teravainen and Aho will be the Hurricane players to watch tonight: Teravainen has 11 points in his last 5 games while Aho has 10 in his last 5
•Victor Rask, who is in year 2 of a 6 year deal that carries a $4mil AAV, is in the dog house. He's pointless in his last 7 games and after a 2-point season debut he has just 3 points in his last 17 games. He's been a healthy scratch in Carolina's past 2 games but might return to the line-up here


•Nathan Horton - Back - Out indefinitely
•Joffrey Lupul - Actually Injured - Out indefinitely
•Lee Stempniak - Upper Body - Injured Reserve

Stream Options

Rielly's now one point away from surpassing his last seasons MOTM point total.


Josh Leivo:

It's gonna be great when he changes his mind and plays Martin anyway on Friday.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« on: Yesterday at 11:12:18 AM »
Sparks leads all AHL goalies in GAA (1.56) and Sv% (0.946), and is tied for 1st in wins (9) and shutouts (2). He's the clear cut best goalie in the AHL right now.

Bibeau is also having a hell of a season for San Jose's AHL affiliate. He's only 4-3 but he has a 1.82 GAA and 0.933 Sv%.

Although my fantasy line-up at this point is (while still keeping Bab's rule of needing Martin):


Sure, it's loading up the big-3, but the 2nd line still has three 20-30 goal scorers and the 3rd line has two 50-60 point scorers plus a forward who can cover their defensive issues. It's hardly stretching things too thin.

Its interesting.  If we do trade Komarov, I'm starting to lean towards a "shutdown line" of Marleau-Kadri-Brown.  They generated our only goal last night.  I liked the three lines we rolled with in the 3rd:

(4th without Komarov would have to be Martin-Moore-Sosh)

And you can swap Marner and Nylander if you think Matthews needs another finisher with him.  That said, Marner seems to have been given a jolt of energy playing with Matthews.  He had been improving compared to his sluggish start, but my god, was he full of energy the last few games playing with Matthews.

Yeah, I was just in the process of writing up this top-9 as well. I think that's what I would start trying right now even before trading Leo, and going Martin-Moore-Komarov on the 4th line.

Trying to run 4 even lines with Bozak or Marleau as 4C seems like a bit of a waste. We don't really need two "shutdown" lines plus a Matthews line. Mats showed last night that he's more than capable of handling tough assignments.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« on: Yesterday at 09:43:39 AM »
Stay calm everyone, Liljegren's back. Picked up an assist in a 5-2 win last night. These were the lines the Marlies went with:




Aaltonen had a pretty nifty goal in the win:

Just his 3rd in 17 games though. He has 9 points on the season.


Now this is MUCH better than his crappy "having two great players on a line is bad" excuse that he used earlier (which doesn't make any sense anyway because if Marner is playing with Matthews that leaves Nylander as a "line driver" for another unit but whatever). I'm glad he expanded a little bit on his rational. If only there was a way to have Matthews play with a passer AND a shooter...

Matthews really didn't look like his best against Arizona and even he admitted he wasn't quite at 100% yet so I was a little worried that the Leafs were rushing him back. But he was great last night. Over 21 minutes in ice-time. 73% CF. 8 shots on net, 7 of them coming at 5-on-5. And that was while playing largely against the Huberdeau-Barkov-Dadanov-Yandle-Ekblad unit.

He usually doesn't go head to head with the other teams top player but last night he was incredibly effective against Barkov. Barkov's CF against Matthews was 31.5% in about 9 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time. Barkov's CF without Matthews on the ice was 73.3% in about 6 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time.

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