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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #210 on: April 21, 2019, 08:03:58 AM »
Anyone else notice that without Kadri, DeSuck has been virtually invisible?

I thought the exact same thing last night when I was guessing who they'd put on with the pulled goalie. I didn't even think of Debrusk
Amazing isn't it? I guess that's why Babs told Kadri to shut up during game 1 when Kadri was chirping him. If the Bruins have no one to fight with, their tactics become a waste of time. Leafs have stayed away from the glove in the face and all that after whistle crap that these analyst seem to think is playoff hockey. Kypreos' comment after the game about it lacking intensity and that he loved the intensity of game 2 is really mind boggling.

Kypreos is mind boggling.

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« Reply #210 on: April 21, 2019, 08:03:58 AM »

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #211 on: April 21, 2019, 08:52:43 AM »
Please, please Hockey gods give us this win, as a leaf fans we have suffered long enough.

On that note I am all in and ready for 3pm. GLG...............

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #212 on: April 22, 2019, 06:19:52 AM »
Laugh, cry, wring your hands, pray...


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« Reply #213 on: April 22, 2019, 10:23:40 AM »
Laugh, cry, wring your hands, pray...


It's like we were saying in the game thread. The team is worse when Babcock has a greater opportunity to control the flow of the game through line match-ups.

Babcock needs to let his best players play and force the other team to make adjustments. He also needs to drastically cut down Marleau's ice-time. Shades of Komorov from last year.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #214 on: April 22, 2019, 10:51:07 AM »
5 changes I would make heading into game 7:

1) Bump Ennis to the 3rd line. I know everyone wants this to be Moore, but I don't think he would bring a much different element than Marleau or Brown already do. Ennis has the skill that someone like Nylander needs to play with. Don't care which winger gets bumped down, Babcock can alternate between the two throughout the game.

2) Have Tavares take face-offs on the PK. Whether he stays there if the Leafs clear it or he plays the Bozak role of face-off/get-off I don't care, but Hyman's getting devoured by Bergeron out there. His PK face-off percentage is 24%.

3) On the powerplay keep Matthews out for an extra 30 seconds or so after PP1 comes off. I, somewhat, understand the idea between not wanting the top unit to be gased after a powerplay (they probably want the Tavares line fresh for when the Bergeron line comes out shortly afterward), but that doesn't apply to Matthews so let him stay out there.

4) Especially if there's a long stretch of 5-on-5 time, start double shifting Matthews on the 4th line. Maybe have this coincide with Marleau's time on that unit.

5) Similar to 4, try to have Rielly take some shifts on the 3rd pairing. It's painfully obvious that Gardiner and Dermott, especially Gardiner, are playing injured. In game 6 when Hainsey was out Rielly got a bunch of extra ice-time and he was absolutely flying out there. There's really no reason he should be playing less than 25 minutes in game 7.

The prevailing theme here is that Matthews, Tavares, and Rielly need to be leaned on heavily in game 7. It's do or die now so there's no point in worrying about fatigue levels anymore.

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« Reply #215 on: April 22, 2019, 11:35:04 AM »
It's going to be difficult to watch, even if we're up by 10.
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« Reply #216 on: April 22, 2019, 11:57:30 AM »
I'll watch Game 7 in the end, but I'm seriously considering watching the Raptors game and then checking the Leaf score when it's over and deciding if I want to watch the reply at that point. My brain tells me that's what I should do, but I won't. I'll suffer through the Leaf game. Not to say I think they'll lose or suck or anything, it's just that there are really only two ways the game can go. Either I'll have anxiety all game or I'll be some combination of mad/sad.

And am I the only one who's sick of playing Boston? The whole division thing is supposed to create rivalries? But even if the Leafs win, I don't think I'll feel that vindication of beating Boston, I'm actually a little bored at the thought of another Game 7 against them. Maybe it's just a defeatist mindset I'm in.

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« Reply #217 on: April 22, 2019, 12:16:14 PM »
I'll watch Game 7 in the end, but I'm seriously considering watching the Raptors game and then checking the Leaf score when it's over and deciding if I want to watch the reply at that point. My brain tells me that's what I should do, but I won't. I'll suffer through the Leaf game. Not to say I think they'll lose or suck or anything, it's just that there are really only two ways the game can go. Either I'll have anxiety all game or I'll be some combination of mad/sad.

And am I the only one who's sick of playing Boston? The whole division thing is supposed to create rivalries? But even if the Leafs win, I don't think I'll feel that vindication of beating Boston, I'm actually a little bored at the thought of another Game 7 against them. Maybe it's just a defeatist mindset I'm in.
IF... if they beat Boston I am on the Stanley cup bandwagon.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #218 on: April 22, 2019, 01:06:06 PM »
I'll watch Game 7 in the end, but I'm seriously considering watching the Raptors game and then checking the Leaf score when it's over and deciding if I want to watch the reply at that point. My brain tells me that's what I should do, but I won't. I'll suffer through the Leaf game. Not to say I think they'll lose or suck or anything, it's just that there are really only two ways the game can go. Either I'll have anxiety all game or I'll be some combination of mad/sad.

And am I the only one who's sick of playing Boston? The whole division thing is supposed to create rivalries? But even if the Leafs win, I don't think I'll feel that vindication of beating Boston, I'm actually a little bored at the thought of another Game 7 against them. Maybe it's just a defeatist mindset I'm in.

It's for sure the fact that we have continual trouble getting over that hump. Hope they can do it, but I'm already preparing myself to not feel super horrible if they lose.
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« Reply #219 on: April 22, 2019, 01:59:13 PM »
5 changes I would make heading into game 7:

1) Bump Ennis to the 3rd line. I know everyone wants this to be Moore, but I don't think he would bring a much different element than Marleau or Brown already do. Ennis has the skill that someone like Nylander needs to play with. Don't care which winger gets bumped down, Babcock can alternate between the two throughout the game.

2) Have Tavares take face-offs on the PK. Whether he stays there if the Leafs clear it or he plays the Bozak role of face-off/get-off I don't care, but Hyman's getting devoured by Bergeron out there. His PK face-off percentage is 24%.

3) On the powerplay keep Matthews out for an extra 30 seconds or so after PP1 comes off. I, somewhat, understand the idea between not wanting the top unit to be gased after a powerplay (they probably want the Tavares line fresh for when the Bergeron line comes out shortly afterward), but that doesn't apply to Matthews so let him stay out there.

4) Especially if there's a long stretch of 5-on-5 time, start double shifting Matthews on the 4th line. Maybe have this coincide with Marleau's time on that unit.

5) Similar to 4, try to have Rielly take some shifts on the 3rd pairing. It's painfully obvious that Gardiner and Dermott, especially Gardiner, are playing injured. In game 6 when Hainsey was out Rielly got a bunch of extra ice-time and he was absolutely flying out there. There's really no reason he should be playing less than 25 minutes in game 7.

The prevailing theme here is that Matthews, Tavares, and Rielly need to be leaned on heavily in game 7. It's do or die now so there's no point in worrying about fatigue levels anymore.

These are all good suggestions ... that should have been done in G6.

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« Reply #220 on: April 22, 2019, 02:03:21 PM »
I don't quite understand why we even use a 4th line at this point?? 23 or 24 minutes for Tavares and Matthews lines only leaves enough for a Nylander line.  Load it up and don't worry about overusing anyone.

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« Reply #221 on: April 22, 2019, 02:10:02 PM »
5 changes I would make heading into game 7:

1) Bump Ennis to the 3rd line. I know everyone wants this to be Moore, but I don't think he would bring a much different element than Marleau or Brown already do. Ennis has the skill that someone like Nylander needs to play with. Don't care which winger gets bumped down, Babcock can alternate between the two throughout the game.

2) Have Tavares take face-offs on the PK. Whether he stays there if the Leafs clear it or he plays the Bozak role of face-off/get-off I don't care, but Hyman's getting devoured by Bergeron out there. His PK face-off percentage is 24%.

3) On the powerplay keep Matthews out for an extra 30 seconds or so after PP1 comes off. I, somewhat, understand the idea between not wanting the top unit to be gased after a powerplay (they probably want the Tavares line fresh for when the Bergeron line comes out shortly afterward), but that doesn't apply to Matthews so let him stay out there.

4) Especially if there's a long stretch of 5-on-5 time, start double shifting Matthews on the 4th line. Maybe have this coincide with Marleau's time on that unit.

5) Similar to 4, try to have Rielly take some shifts on the 3rd pairing. It's painfully obvious that Gardiner and Dermott, especially Gardiner, are playing injured. In game 6 when Hainsey was out Rielly got a bunch of extra ice-time and he was absolutely flying out there. There's really no reason he should be playing less than 25 minutes in game 7.

The prevailing theme here is that Matthews, Tavares, and Rielly need to be leaned on heavily in game 7. It's do or die now so there's no point in worrying about fatigue levels anymore.
Won't argue with this but I would keep the whole PP1 unit out there for 1:30. You don't use as much energy as a regular shift on the PP so they should be good to go. As far as having someone ready for Bergeron after the PP, he and Marchand usually help kill the pp.
Marleau def needs to be moved off the 3rd line even tho he has as many assists as Marner this series. How sad is that? Marner has 1 even strength point since game 1 and only 2 points since game 1. We need some Marner magic in game 7.

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« Reply #222 on: April 22, 2019, 02:25:41 PM »
I don't quite understand why we even use a 4th line at this point?? 23 or 24 minutes for Tavares and Matthews lines only leaves enough for a Nylander line.  Load it up and don't worry about overusing anyone.
Agree. There's no reason to not run with just 3 centres. Goat is doing nothing. No points, doesn't win faceoffs so what's the point? Start doing stuff like JT line, Matthews, JT line, Matthews line, Willy line. Throw Willy on with Matthews here and there. Boston can't match that and having 1st change should allow Babs to dictate the game. Let them react to it.

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« Reply #223 on: April 22, 2019, 04:23:09 PM »
As CarltonTheBear suggests, there is no better time to run with your best players than tomorrow.  Time to unshackle Matthews and give him the 24 to 28 minutes like other stars get in the league.  And I'm sure Rielly could handle 30+.

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« Reply #224 on: April 22, 2019, 04:33:31 PM »
As CarltonTheBear suggests, there is no better time to run with your best players than tomorrow.  Time to unshackle Matthews and give him the 24 to 28 minutes like other stars get in the league.  And I'm sure Rielly could handle 30+.
Totally agree. How many think Babs will do it? I don't think he will unfortunately.

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« Reply #224 on: April 22, 2019, 04:33:31 PM »