7PM ET: SNET-O
Southeast opponent on a Tuesday night? Check. Ex-Leaf Bryan McCabe? Check. Backup goaltender? Check.
The '67 Sound put it succinctly in the comments this morning:
We’ll know this team has turned a corner when we consistently win games like this. It really is looking like a perfect storm of crapitude, isn’t it?
This is a game that last years squadron would come out completely flat for. Failing that they'd take 50 shots on net and lose when Vesa Toskala let in a goal from the red line.
The last time Scott Clemmensen played in the ACC was March 23rd: a Tuesday night. The Leafs took 43 shots on net and scored once to give Clemmer a 0.977 SV% that night.
Per Mirtle the Leafs will start Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net. He had a shaky outing against Philadelphia but as he's a positional goaltender I doubt he forgot where to stand in the crease overnight. The season is early and Giguere is warming up and working through some early season rust. He's taking a lot of starts right now presumably as Francois Allaire looks to work with Jonas Gustavsson on larger issues.
Do the Leafs break their skid tonight before heading to Boston? We can only hope: it will mean a lot to people who have watched this team since the lockout if the Leafs can come out firing on all cylinders tonight.