Maple Leafs at Canucks

hosea24hours

The #Leafs last win over the #Canucks came in Nov 2003. Vancouver is 7-0 since.

The Vancouver Canucks are Stanley Cup contenders. The Toronto Maple Leafs are not. One team is 7-2-1 in their last 10 and the Leafs are 4-5-1. This is the last game of the West Coast Waffle week that has been a mixed bag with a great 4-1 win over the Oilers and a dispiriting 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. These two teams played a pretty good game in Toronto with a weak goal allowed by Jean-Sebastien Giguere torpedoing a strong effort by the Leafs. The Canucks' offence features seven players with more than 17 points while the Leafs have six. The big difference? Daniel and Henrik Sedin who have 37 an 36 points respectively. That top-end talent is what the Leafs need to find a way to insert into the line-up.

Seeing Leafs fans take over another Canadian arena is always great. The presence of two large groups of opposing fans makes for a better atmosphere. What I could do without is the Napoleonic Complex their fans have. I understand it's hard to be the only team out of six without a real rival so they try to manufacture one when they can. It's funny because even out West they are at best third in relevance and arguably fourth. Edmonton and Calgary hate each other more and you only needed to read their respective papers over the past week to know they get their knickers in a twist over the Leafs more than Vancouver. Hell, considering how many fans are out there Montreal is probably above Vancouver as well.

Nucks Misconduct's good preview of tonight already features the tired whining about the start time in the comments. I know the dirty hippie stereotype is overwrought but something has to be responsible for having so few brain cells left that they cannot understand that more viewers is better than fewer viewers.

WAAAHCast has his collection of whining including, shock!, more on the game's start time. The insults he levels at Leafs fans are pretty fresh. There's 'godforsaken sense of loyalty' which I understand is an odd concept for a fanbase that became NBA fans during the club's tough times. Of course, once they saw that the Grizzlies sucked they let that team leave the city. They are the bandwagoniest of the bandwagon fans in Canada. Levelling the 'delusional' card at Leafs fans is pretty funny considering they revered and just retired the jersey of a player that only got his team past the first round when St. Louis was ravaged by the flu. Then again, they also have high hopes for the team to win the Cup when they have made no big changes and have the same core that's been run over by the Hawks in two consecutive playoffs.

Anyway, once we're done with them I'll be glad to have their small man syndrome in our rearview mirror. Nazem Kadri and Brett Lebda are scratches tonight. Mike Komisarek slides back into the lineup. Getting a win tonight is definitely a big ask but what isn't is that they put forth an effort they can be proud of.

Tonight's starters courtesy of Left Wing Lock: 

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jonas Gustavsson 16 844 4 8 41 2.91 416 375 .901 0
GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 24 1404 14 8 59 2.52 669 610 .912 2

Facebook_16 Twitter_16

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pension Plan Puppets

You must be a member of Pension Plan Puppets to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pension Plan Puppets. You should read them.

Join Pension Plan Puppets

You must be a member of Pension Plan Puppets to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pension Plan Puppets. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker