Pre-Game Talk: Boston @ Toronto - Saturday Jan 12

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  1. Kamiccolo

    Kamiccolo Big Chungus

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    I knew the stats already when I posted that. I knew Andy had a winning record and looked good and the Leafs beat them last year. I was going to say it in the post but didn't bother.

    I added on after you quoted me, but this is since the series. Every game this year they play scared, and as the series went on, the team was more and more intimidated.
     
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    I wish I could confidently say that none of this is true.
     
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    Marshy Behind Enemy Lines

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    Go out and make it a war. From shift one run over as many Bs as you can. Get the refs to the point where they start panicking to the point they have to start making make-up calls. Make it a special teams battle. If we lose we show them another look to worry about for the playoffs.

    Just don't keep trying what has failed in the past. That just shows weakness and inability to adapt.
     
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    What? Since the first two games, the leafs went on to win 3 of the next 5 in the playoffs. They're fine
     
  5. Kamiccolo

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    I would 100% love to be wrong. I would LOVE to meet them in the playoffs and win and have @CantLoseWithMatthews and co laugh at me and bump my posts. I will sit there and take it with a smile.

    I'm just trying to be realistic. Last year I let the hype get a hold of me and playoffs were crushing. This is still the Leafs after all. I need them to prove it before I give them the credit.
     
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    Ok then. Neither one of us can prove we are right. Let's put this off until later in the year. Saturday will be a little bit of a preview but even if they win it doesn't mean much. If they beat them in the playoffs I will admit I was wrong. However if they face them again I am willing to bet it's another 1st round exit.
     
  7. Clark4Ever

    Clark4Ever What we do in hockey echoes in eternity...

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    Last year's playoffs shouldn't be demoralizing. We had Andersen play his worst hockey of the season, we lost Kadri for almost half the series, and we still almost pulled off an incredible comeback down 3-1 in the series.

    If both teams are healthy and firing on all cylinders, we can beat them. They have the edge in playoff experience and on the blueline, but I think we have more talent overall. We just can't let them push us around and we need to get over the psychological hump. We have owned them in the regular season in recent years.
     
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    I was pretty realistic going last year. I put a lot of faith in what the oddsmakers say and IIRC, we were about 42-43% to beat them. I thought that was a bit low (I would have said 46-47%) but still accepted the fact that we were underdogs and thus losing wasn't a big shock (although the way it happened was incredibly painful).

    Right now I see it the same as last year - whoever has the home advantage will be a small favourite, that's it. But people who think we're just so much more talented and added Tavares and whatever else and thus will win easily are nuts IMO. If we do play them it should be a super tough series that could easily go down to the 3rd period in game 7 again. I really hope it doesn't because if it does, I think I have to give the edge to Boston at this point. Hopefully we wipe them out in 5 and then we can forget about them for a while but that's going to take some doing.
     
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    Would love nothing more than to make quick work of them. A 7 game series with the Bruins isn't good psychologically for this team and by the time that series is over even if the Leafs win they'll likely be exhausted.
     
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    I agree with you. It's like Babcock says, no matter who you are playing if you don't work hard you won't win. The league is too close. This is especially true over a 7 game series where skill might win you a few but hard work is more reliable.

    I was hoping the team learned that lesson last year after some of the play by our best players but I am not sure man. I am not convinced there is another gear the team can turn on when they want like a lot of vet teams but they seem to think they have it.

    I'd argue that their "next gear" where they play 60 minutes once a week should be their standard and to win a cup they need to find one after that.
     
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    Well, it would be good psychologically if we win. :)

    I guess it's always better to win as fast as possible but especially in this case. It would be really hard for our players to go into game 7 and not have the past weighing on them to some extent.
     
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    Why does this feel like it will be a statement game for Naz? Not sure I want Nylander matching up vs Marchand-Pasta and Bergy though.

    Will JT be clutch or anti-clutch?
     
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    regular season success against a team means nothing. we don't have to go too far for examples

    sens owned the leafs in the regular season with alfie, spezza, heatly line; then came playoffs and leafs mopped the floor with them; Twice!
     
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    We need to start Andersen and we need to win this game.

    This Bruins team, or should I say the Bruins top line needs to get out of our heads since there's a decent chance we'll be seeing them in the first round.
     
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    I agree, this team has to somehow figure out how to get the most out of their talent. Talent doesn't mean a thing without the consistent effort and without it, you just don't survive for long in the playoffs it's that simple.

    When Hyman's work led to that goal last night I was thinking about the kind of player Nylander would be if he had half the work ethic that Hyman does, but I digress ...
     
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    Would have loved to see a task master like Hitch or Keenan get hired on as assistant coach, good cop bad cop thing. We need someone to be the bad guy and call out our stars (in private). Some of them seem to be coasting a bit lately, AM, JG, Kappy
     
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    IMO Leafs had the control in Game 7; they had a lead going into 3rd period

    babcock had all his centers on the bench for a 4 on 4 play; sent out marleau-marner

    Freddy gave up a soft goal on a un-screened shot by krug; and then....

    Jake Gardiner's stupidity took over Game 7. He kept on making stretch pass after stretch pass; I don't understand till this day why did Gardiner kept making the same plays when they were failing....
     
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    I would add that there's no point in talking about how good we've been against Boston in the regular season because this season this hasn't been the case, quite the opposite actually, we've looked terrible. IMHO, beating them and looking good in doing it would help us, it wouldn't help much but it would help a bit and at this point, every little bit helps considering our history. For Boston it doesn't matter though, if we play them again in the playoffs they will be very confident no matter what happens during the regular season considering the history. To make a long story short, tomorrow's game means more to us than it means to them.
     
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    If that is the case, no better way to get them out of our heads than getting into theirs. I'm chopping, poking, giving that extra face wash, if you're gonna lose , might as well get in their heads. A little chop on the back of the leg behind the knee or by the Achilles always feels great... ;) Ref watching? Nope? I'm hacking.
     
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    That might work but we don't have the guns for a war. The game will be more like a run for the hills. All the warhorses are gone and our GM has no interest in going to war.

    Bruins will forcheck hard and compete hard and we will get penned in their own zone and/or cough up the puck and hope our goalie can keep it close. Nylander will be absent at even strength. After attempts are made to hurt our skilled players, Tavares and Kadri may step up and end up in the box, because no one else has courage to step up. Many posters here will say that it's only one game...look where we are in the standings...no need to panic...
     
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    We won't win a war of attrition versus Boston.

    We have to focus on out-scoring them pure and simple.
     
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    the smurf habs back in the day skated circles around the bruins d-men and beat them with speed and skill.

    that said, that habs team had compete in their smaller players even; look at gallagher he is like what? 5'7? look at his compete level.

    if our skilled guys show compete and speed boston is toast; if our skilled guys only rely on skill boston is gonna run away with the game.

    i call out babcock on many things but i cannot dispute when babs says "if you put skill before your work; you won't have much success"
     
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    But making a guy play scared is fun.. :D
     
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    This is going to be a blood bath
     
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