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Lightning @ Maple Leafs - Apr. 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050

Started by CarltonTheBear, April 02, 2024, 11:17:16 PM

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CarltonTheBear

Tampa Bay Lightning
41-26-7, 89 points
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Toronto Maple Leafs
43-22-9, 95 points



                                                                      Projected
Lineups
                                                                     
Duclair-Point-Kucherov
Hagel-Cirelli-Stamkos
Eyssimont-Paul-Chaffee
Jeannot-Glendening-Motte

Hedman-Raddysh
Dumba-Cernak
Lilleberg-Perbix

Vasilevskiy
Bertuzzi-Matthews-Domi
McMann-Tavares-Nylander
Knies-Holmberg-Robertson
Dewar-Kampf-Reaves

Rielly-Lyubushkin
Benoit-McCabe
Brodie-Timmins

Woll



Scratches
Conor Sheary
Austin Watson
Calvin De Haan
Haydn Fleury
Noah Gregor
Mark Giordano
Martin Jones



Injuries
•Jonas Johansson - Lower Body - Injured Reserve
•Logan Brown - Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
•Mikhail Sergachev - Leg - Injured Reserve
•Morgan Rielly - Upper Body - Probable
•Mitch Marner - Lower Body - Injured Reserve
•Timothy Liljegren - Upper Body - Injured Reserve
•Joel Edmundson - Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
•Calle Jarnkrok - Hand - Injured Reserve
•John Klingberg - Lower Body - Injured Reserve
•Matt Murray - Hip - Injured Reserve



Game notes
TB
•Andrei Vasilevskiy (28-17-2, 2.86 GAA, .900 Sv%) will likely start for the Lightning
•Tampa has clawed their way back into a playoff position after spending much of the season on the outside. They've gone 11-3-2 in their past 16 games and are 6 points behind the Leafs currently

TOR
•Joseph Woll (11-9-1, 2.87 GAA, .910 Sv%) will likely start for the Leafs
•Morgan Rielly is expected to return to the Leafs line-up after missing the past 4 games with an upper body injury
•With Rielly probably coming in one of Giordano or Timmins are the likely candidates to come out of the line-up



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herman

I am in favour of Keefe stress testing his youngsters; just wish he did it before being forced into it by the old guys' wheels falling off. The bottom half of the Tampa roster is exploitable if we are patient and weather their forecheck with all five players supporting the puck.
#27

Bender

Quote from: herman on April 03, 2024, 10:28:00 AMI am in favour of Keefe stress testing his youngsters; just wish he did it before being forced into it by the old guys' wheels falling off. The bottom half of the Tampa roster is exploitable if we are patient and weather their forecheck with all five players supporting the puck.

I was gonna say they really don't look like a deep team anymore. Two line, 1 D-Pair team really...
"They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. So here is the professor's oldest friend, a grotesque, stinking lobster." - Bender

herman

Quote from: Bender on April 03, 2024, 11:34:50 AM
Quote from: herman on April 03, 2024, 10:28:00 AMI am in favour of Keefe stress testing his youngsters; just wish he did it before being forced into it by the old guys' wheels falling off. The bottom half of the Tampa roster is exploitable if we are patient and weather their forecheck with all five players supporting the puck.

I was gonna say they really don't look like a deep team anymore. Two line, 1 D-Pair team really...

Nick Paul and Eric Cernak are still pretty legit and Anthony Duclair is a nice pick up that pushes their depth down, but I like how we've looked against them this season. Noting that we are still missing Marner, Jarnkrok, and Edmundson, I think we still line up pretty good against this team. Zero-ing out Kucherov and Point will go a long way but it might be a tad tricky without Marner/Jarnkrok; one way would be to try to keep the puck in their end for as much of their shift as possible. This will require Matthews to sacrifice on offensive risk taking.
#27

Kaberle15

We might have a Bos x TB and Tor/Fla x Fla/Tor coming up.

Anyway, home ice can be achieved as Florida is 4 points up, but Leafs have 2 games in hand and play them again.

Go Leafs Go!!!
Go Leafs Go!!!

herman

Quote from: Kaberle15 on April 03, 2024, 11:54:20 AMWe might have a Bos x TB and Tor/Fla x Fla/Tor coming up.

Anyway, home ice can be achieved as Florida is 4 points up, but Leafs have 2 games in hand and play them again.

Go Leafs Go!!!

Annoyingly, Tampa is the team I'd most prefer to face in Rd 1 lol
Fortunately, the strategy against all three of them is the same.
#27

herman

#27

cw

A regulation win by the Leafs tonight would put them 8 pts up on Tampa with 7 games to play - that would all but guarantee a 2nd vs 3rd team matchup involving the Leafs.

A few weeks ago, when Florida was on top, I would have been quite content with that.
A number in the media thought they were the toughest opponent.

Since then, Florida has faded some and Tampa has been playing .800+ hockey.
They all look like tough opponents to me.

With a win tonight, maybe they can make a contest for home ice in the 1st round.

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate

I think we shouldn't worry about which opponent we play.  They are all tougher in the playoffs and we need to step up our game regardless.


Zee


Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate


barney_rebel

WE _____ MAN

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate

Woll gives up another on the first shot.  Not good at all.

Zee

Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on April 03, 2024, 06:28:28 PMWoll gives up another on the first shot.  Not good at all.

Probably a bit in his own head honestly since Keefe mentioned it one game and he was waiting for a shot for half the period