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From the Branches: Mr. Sparkle or Optimus Reim?

Who will start today?

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Maple Leafs start a road trip and the first stop is tonight in Phoenix Atlanta Winnipeg! The big question is, who will start? They've told us it will be Garret "Mr. Sparkle" Sparks if James "Optimus Reim" Reimer is still out. So is Reimer good to go? Wait until the preview to find out.

We got another little tidbit of info for you. Garret Sparks was the first goalie drafted by Brian Burke to win a game since Manny Legace. Thats some gap between wins there Burkie.

Let's hit the links already.

Leafs Links

Garret Sparks named AHL Goalie of the Month - Pension Plan Puppets

Hockey Canada announces 2016 World Juniors camp roster: Marner and Dermott make the cut - Pension Plan Puppets

Garret Sparks' historic shutout: did Mike Palmateer actually do it first? - Pension Plan Puppets

Voting for the 2016 NHL All Star Game starts at noon: How will we mess with it this year? - Pension Plan Puppets

BREAKING: Joffrey Lupul has been placed on injured reserve, Rich Clune recalled - Pension Plan Puppets

Van Riemsdyk embracing new role on top line - Article - TSN

Nicholson: Loss to Leafs was 'rock bottom' - Article - TSN

Garret Sparks has gone his entire career without allowing a goal | Barry Melrose Rocks

On Harvard's Jimmy Vesey, who everyone thinks will sign with the Maple Leafs | The LeafsNation

The Steve Dangle Podcast - Dec 1, 2015 - Condon-sation | The LeafsNation

NHL Recaps

Postgame/Rank the Players: Kopitar Sinks the Canucks in OT - Jewels From The Crown

Game Recap: Sabres 4 - Red Wings 5 (SO) - Winging It In Motown
Sabres at Red Wings recap: Sabres almost steal one, lose 5-4 (SO) - Die By The Blade

Game #26 Recap: Bad Decisions Cost Jackets in 2-1 Loss to Montreal - The Cannon
Canadiens vs Blue Jackets Top Six Minutes: Max Pacioretty is captain clutch - Eyes On The Prize

Panthers Vs. Blues Recap: No Jagr-Bombs Here. - St. Louis Game Time
ReCat: MAC ATTACK! - Litter Box Cats

Quick Bite: The Pens mightier than the Sharks - Fear The Fin

Ottawa Senators Lose Game, Michalek, and Zibanejad to Philadelphia Flyers - Silver Seven
Flyers vs. Senators recap: It's called a winning streak. It has happened before. - Broad Street Hockey

Nashville Predators 5, Arizona Coyotes 2: Filip Forsberg Leads Nashville - On the Forecheck
Arizona Coyotes get horribly outshot by Nashville, fall apart in the third period - Five For Howling

New Jersey Devils Trapped by Colorado Avalanche, 1-2 - All About The Jersey

Dallas Stars Falter in Third, Fall in Shootout to Calgary Flames 4-3 - Defending Big D
Game Recap: Calgary Flames Host Dallas Stars, Take Shootout Win Over Seguin And Sharp - Matchsticks and Gasoline

Other Stuff

Projecting Keith Yandle’s next contract :: Blue Seat Blogs

Down Goes Brown: The NHL's Kobes: Ten legends who held on too long

2016 NHL All Star Game: Voting for team captains opens today - Lighthouse Hockey

NHL All Star Game Fan Balloting: 2016 'Vote For Rory' Pacific Division Possibilities - Anaheim Calling

Reactionary Journalism - The Copper & Blue

Expansion vote not on Board of Governors agenda - Article - TSN

Former players, CTV's W5 petition court to unseal secret NHL emails - Article - TSN

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