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[Tuesday's FTB] Shakin' It Up

The Leafs' first line will look a lot different heading into tonight's game against the Sabres.

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According to James Mirtle of The Globe & Mail, Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul will accompany Phil Kessel on the Leafs' top line tonight, in an effort by Randy Carlyle to shake up his team after a terrible outing against the Bruins.

On Saturday night, Kadri's line was the only trio to pose much of an offensive threat to the Bruins' defence, and let's face it, he's always looked like a better C than Tyler Bozak. There's an argument to be made that the team is better off maintaining a dangerous second line, but it's interesting to see what kind of creative attack Kadri and Kessel can put together.

On to the links!

Leafs Links:

The Leafs’ Penalty Kill – Problem Solved?

40 Leafs Fancy Stats Facts
Shawn Reis puts together a list over at TLN.

Things I miss about old-time hockey….
We haven't heard from Michael Langlois as often around here, and the article I'm linking is already over a week old, but I like this one.

Other stuff:

Chris Kreider ejected for long-distance boarding on Jonas Brodin (Video)
Quick rundown and video from Wyshynski.

Sharks John Scott gets two game ban for altercation after legal line change
Huh. Well, I support this suspension. Man, does Patrick sound a lot like his dad.

Olli Maatta needs surgery to remove tumour
"I feel fine," Maatta said. "The only thing that's different is now I know that I have a cancer. It's tough news but I really don't think it has affected me much." Wow. Story from CBC.