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  1. MattySnipes

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    I agree with this. Every team wants to win every game! Does that happen? Ofcourse not! But that is the goal. Whether you play on back-to-back nights should not matter. Dallas is also fighting to stay in playoffs so they should definitely be hungry to win this game. Rest is on our side, as long as we come out to start the game on-time and get a few early - that should put them out of their misery. Their legs will also feel very heavy starting in the 3rd period. I give us the edge in this game, being home helps as well! We just gotta shutdown the Benn-Seguin-Radulov line and keep Klingberg in check. Definitely do-able.

    Looking for big games from Nylander, Kadri, and Rielly.
     
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    No doubt Leo has been very ineffective in the first half of the year offensively! Players go thru periods like this and some come out of it! Hey we could have went after Saad, many thought he could be the answer and what do you do when you commit to that contract?

    Leo is in the right spot now, a 4th liner who will be used often in other key defensive situations! Unless we can steal Tom Wilson's clone, Leo may well be worth 2x2 to keep until Grunstrom and company show us they can play this role on the Leafs.
     
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    Does this mean no Bishop tonight?
     
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    Finally some games. I am looking forward to the next 4 days where the Leafs play 3 games. It's fun for fans.
     
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    He seems like a guy who could go into coaching once his playing career is done.
     
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    Would be nice to win this one. Not a whole lot left to play for, so playing the role of spoiler against Dallas would be awesome.

    We’re rested and they’re coming from Montreal after a loss last night.
     
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    Completely false the exact reason he is valuable is because komarov is the guy that gets the puck out of our zone. You can criticize his offense but c'mon i dont think you actually believe he is the reason we cant get out of our zone? I hate the untrue exaggeration of the deficiencies of our players
     
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    The league creates the schedule with input from the Teams.
     
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    Dallas has been on a gradual slide too.

    The West playoff race is a good one. Only 3 teams have really cemented their spot, with 7-8 teams jockeying for both divisional and/or Wild Card spots. And as it stands, not one particularly team is heating up down the stretch. A lot of so-so records in their last 10.
     
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    Our problem is the ACC is one of the most utilized facilities in the NHL. Because of the number of exception dates we give the NHL, we continue to get ****ty schedules.
     
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    Also because Toronto is a marquee team for TV ratings, they basically have to play almost every Saturday night. That can bugger up scheduling as well. I was amazed when I moved to Calgary, seeing how many Saturday night's they play compared to Toronto - same with Edmonton.
     
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    :laugh: at the thought of Leivo for Komarov.
     
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    I thought there schedule has been good this year. Lots of games when they're fresh at the beginning of the year, lighter schedule at the end when they are tired.
     
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    considering they started lehtonen yesterday on the first of a back-to-back, bishop probably isn't playing today. either lehtonen or mike mckenna
     
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    Was wondering how the Kadri-Marner line was doing defensively and these are the numbers I've compiled from natural stat trick comparing it to the Kadri-Komarov line.

    Even strength on ice stats

    Oct 4th - Jan 23rd

    Kadri
    47 games
    24 goals against
    0.51 goals against per game
    125 high danger chances against
    2.65 HDCA

    Marleau
    49 games
    39 goals against
    0.79
    128 high danger chances against
    2.61 HDCA

    Komarov
    49 games
    26 goals against
    0.53 goals against per game
    126 high danger chances against
    2.57 HDCA

    Marner
    49 games played
    33 goals against
    0.67 goals against per game
    91 high danger chances against
    1.85 HDCA

    Jan 24st-March 14th

    Kadri
    20 games played
    19 goals against
    0.95 goals against per game
    78 high danger chances against
    3.9 HDCA

    Marleau
    20 games played
    16 goals against
    0.8 goals against per game
    75 high danger chances against
    3.75 HDCA

    Komarov
    20 games played
    8 goals against
    0.4 goals against per game
    41 high danger chances against
    2.05 HDCA

    Marner
    20 games played
    15 goals against
    0.75 goals against per game
    66 high danger chances against
    3.3 HDCA

    So this is all without the context of the quality of their opponents. I don't really know how or where to get into that stuff.
     
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    I didn't go back far enough to see who originally posted this, but thanks. Not often you get to see an interview that allows a player more than just the sound bite reply.

    Forgot to add the vid (I hope this works), recommended.
     
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    Not a lot to play for in terms of the standings, that's true. We should still be playing hard though and fine tuning everything so that we're a well-oiled machine when the playoffs start, and definitely not just mailing it in. Dallas lost the lowly Canadiens last night so yeah, we should be huge favourites to take them down on home ice on the second night of their back-to-back.
     
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    Yes you're right that we have a very good sched going forward.

    We still have had 14-5 b2b's vs competition this year and still have 2 more and only tonight catch a team on their b2b.

    Onwards and upwards!! We have overcome the tuff part of our sched and can be fairy healthy heading to the playoffs,,, right?? fingers crossed:)
     
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    The Kadri line with Komarov on it had a combined 47% possession rate, with Komarov rocking a solid 45% (Marleau and Kadri had 49% and 48%).

    Once Komorav was taken off the line, they all went above 50%.

    In fact:
    Kadri's Possession with Komarov: 46.83%
    Kadri's Without him: 51.5%
    Marleau's Possession with Komarov: 47.68
    Marleau's without him: 50.77%
    Komraov's without Kadri: 42%
    Komravo's withouth Marleau: 43%

    They've been carrying this guy for far too long 5 on 5.

    You really need to step your game up before you try arguing with me.
     
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    I've always thought we had a great schedule. Most important thing is to not have a huge workload in the last month and we have that, that's most of the ball game right there.
     
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    Feels like a game where Dallas comes out and outshoots us like 10-1 the first ten minutes, then we get our legs and dominate the rest of the way.
     
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    isn't that like every game honestly
     
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    Agreed!

    I think the key issue will be injuries as we head to a great playoff series against Boston. Boston has to play ~ 10 playoff teams down the stretch all fighting for position, They are dinged up and another 3 down last nite.

    The series will be a war of attrition and lets hope the the Bruins stretch will wear heavily on them!!
     
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    That line is obviously better defensively with Leo, the extra offence offsets losing Leo but I don't know why people are pretending that Marner makes the line better defensively, he doesn't. That doesn't mean Leo should go back to his wing but Leo is better defensively than Marner at this point, that shouldn't really surprise anyone.
     
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    Komarov is one of the best in his own end, but lots of our guys have a better defensive impact due to being able to transition better and sustain pressure offensively. Komarov can defend, but you don't want to defend the whole time
     
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