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The Marlies' star keeper will make his NHL debut tonight

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The Leafs kick off a grueling week tonight by hosting the Edmonton Oilers at the ACC after which they set off on a five day Central Division road trip to face the Jets, Wild, and Blues.

I will have a game preview up for you this afternoon, but we know already that Garrett Sparks will make his NHL debut in net tonight. Sparks made our 2014 Top 25 Under 25 at number 18, but didn't make this year's list. Draglikepull had some things to say about that.

Garret Sparks set to make NHL debut against Oilers - Pension Plan Puppets
Starter James Reimer has had a pretty great start to the season until he went down with an injury. Yesterday, the Leafs called up Garret Sparks to back-up Jonathan Bernier. Tonight Sparks gets his NHL debut.

Last Night's Games

Yesterday Afternoon's Game

There was only one NHL game yesterday. Why? Who knows.

Sharks douse Flames - Fear The Fin
The Sharks had five goals from five players to beat the Flames tonight at SAP Center

Other News

Nikita Soshnikov Developing in the AHL
In this interview, Leafs prospect Soshnikov talked about his role on the team, his production, and confirmed that he isn't interested in getting back home.

My introduction to product review and the Budweiser Red Light goal lamp - Raw Charge
Getting a pricey-but-cool item just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Revived hockey brand faces a new power play - The Globe and Mail
NHL promotional deals are out of financial reach for the small equipment company, so owner Steve Davies looks for another way.

Ask The MSM: Elliotte Friedman - Toronto Sports Media Blog
Friedman answers your 30 questions!

Brendan Gallagher puts Jim Kyte on blast - Eyes On The Prize
Jim Kyte learned not to mess with Brendan Gallagher the hard way.

The curse of the Forum - Eyes On The Prize
In the 22 years since the Canadiens left the Forum, they have yet to win it all. Is there a bad voodoo associated with their departure?

Eskimos defeat Redblacks to win Grey Cup - CBC Sports
Jordan Lynch's one-yard touchdown run with 3:17 remaining rallied the Edmonton Eskimos to an exciting 26-20 Grey Cup win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday night.

Poor Willie!

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