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GDT #9: OCT 19, 7:00 HNIC - Bruins @ Leafs

zeke

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Ok so the "it's early" stuff is starting to wear a bit thin. The Leafs have played mostly well but the results haven't been good enough yet....and a loss tonight would bring us back down to .500, and would be another loss to the hated bruins, which would put the town into a bit of a frenzy. So this is kind of big for an october game.

Of course we lost Tavares, which really sucks.....except that, remember, Tavares and his line have kinda sucked this year so far anyways, so it might not actually be that much of a loss.

And the Bruins are definitely missing Krejci....and now it seems Bergeron is also a game time decision tonight, which is obviously a huge deal.


Either way, there's a couple things to really watch closely tonight imo:

1. The Matthews line has been absolutely dominant possession wise this year. (which is why breaking them up to put willy at C didn't work for me). Elite, elite stuff - even if the actual production has only been good, not great. With Tavares out, Matthews will finally get the full-on test against arguably the best possession line in hockey - if Bergeron is healthy. It'll be very interesting to see if their new level of play can match up evenly with Boston's top line. I sure as hell hope it does.

2. Mucho Marner gets to show what he can do without relying on the captain in the middle. He'll get MUCH, MUCH easier matchups tonight as a result of Tavares' injury - with Krejci out Boston's 2nd and 3rd and 4th lines all look pretty crappy. And Kerfoot and Mikheyev have both been very good possession wise and production wise so far this year, so Mitch doesn't have much excuse not to shine here. Hope he can come through.


So yeah, kind of a big game. And Bergeron may not actually be in this lineup here....and I really don't know that Boston would do without him....healthy scratch Backes in at C? Lindholm as 2C? I dunno.



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zeke

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Interesting to note that the Bruins have really been relying more than ever on PP + goaltending this year. 5v5 they actually haven't been very good so far, despite their dominant top line.

5v5 adj

TOR: 56.7cf% (#1), 52.1xgf% (#8) ------> 97.7pdo (#25), 48.7gf% (#17)
BOS: 51.1cf% (#12), 45.3xgf% (#27) --> 101.2pdo (#11), 54.7gf% (#8)

A good game from Andy would be nice.
 

Preston

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I mean .. not for nothing but I don't hate the look of the team without tavares + 11m in cap space.
 

Volcanologist

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Kyle Dubas.
Interesting, will Kyle be playing goal? we could use one of those.

Plus I'm not saying I'd prefer it... But it wouldn't have been catastrophic without him. Now let's just hope JT doesn't decline rapidly.

Oh and they'd have Jake.
oh goody. they'd have Jake.

that would be so awesome to have the human hand grenade instead of a 47 goal centre.
 

Preston

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Interesting, will Kyle be playing goal? we could use one of those.



oh goody. they'd have Jake.

that would be so awesome to have the human hand grenade instead of a 47 goal centre.
Hahaha. Well the problem with the JT contract was never the first 3-4 years.

And yeah dubas doesn't waste cap space. He would have found a goalie.
 

Preston

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Matthews with 10.9arner? Fun fact: in his career Austons points per 60 rate 5 on 5 is better with Willy than with money man.
 

Preston

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This should break Willy free at least. He should drive his own line better than the greediest man in sports. Matthews line vs bergeron is kind of a wash at best.
 

MindzEye

Wayward Ditch Pig
Chara gets away with more than anyone else in hockey. Retaliatory cross check on Spezza, in open ice, in clear view of a ref...no big deal.
 
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