The Toronto Maple Leafs face the Ottawa Senators for the first (kind of) instalment of the battle of Ontario. Watching on TV? Or prefer a Live Stream? Either way we have all of the information you need to get the Leafs game into your home, in all the gloriousness of your HD TV or ever so conveniently live streaming on your laptop, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action.
Date: Thursday September 19, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: TSN
Live Stream: NHL Game Center
After several rounds of cuts, the Toronto Maple Leafs roster is finally starting to look (somewhat) like one that could actual play in an NHL game. While there are still a few AHL stragglers clutching and holding to their time with the big boys, we a can now take a look at and assess the play of what will essentially be the Leafs regular season lineup.
That being said, it still is just the third preseason game, so players are still working themselves back into game shape and shaking off the preseason rust. While the veterans may be much more talented than the now cut counterparts skating down in training camp with the Marlies, they tend not to put forth the same effort in preseason games that those looking to make an impression do. You can expect the continuance of sub par hockey that you can’t look away from for some reason.
Like most preseason games, the players that you will want to keep an eye on are those whose roster spots have not yet been decided. Whether Phil Kessel scores a hat trick or ends up minus-5 on the day, he’s going to be on the Leafs first line, but guys like Morgan Rielly, Mason Raymond, and David Broll have a limited number of reps in which to make impressions in hopes of securing a job by the end of camp.
Given Randy Carlyle‘s “old school” mindset, I believe that barring an unmitigated disaster of a training camp James Reimer will be rewarded the starting job on opening night due to his status as the incumbent, that doesn’t mean his preseason performance doesn’t matter, it’s just that it means very little. The real battle between Reimer and Jonathan Bernier will come once the real games start.
(Likely) Line Up: