March 10, 2015

steve laidlaw

2015-03-10

Okposo and Luongo to return, Zetterberg is hot, Grigorenko’s a bust and more…

 

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You've got to love the complete lack of shame shown by Rogers. They are pimping the Leafs-Sabres game they have televised on Wednesday night like it's the damn Super Bowl.

 

"It's not about playoffs. It's about pride."

 

That's your slogan for Tankapalooza 2015. Bravo! When the fans are throwing jerseys and wearing bags on their heads I'm not sure there's much pride to be had.

 

In their defense. They got me talking about it. Any press is good press, right? Sure, they've got a better chance of selling me on getting my bikini area waxed than watching this game but they've still got me talking.

 

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The Leafs blew a pair of two-goal third-period leads last night to the Islanders, eventually losing in overtime, 4-3.

 

James van Riemsdyk scored a pair of points for his first multi-point effort in exactly two months. They've been a dark two months.

 

David Booth scored a goal for his third straight game and a point in his fourth straight game. Someone get the devil a jacket.

 

Tough news for those in leagues with hits and blocks as Roman Polak will miss the remainder of the year following surgery to repair a hernia.

 

That allowed room for Eric Brewer (when the hell did the Leafs add Brewer?!?!) to step into 23 minutes last night. He landed five hits and three blocked shots. There's your Polak replacement ladies and gentlemen.

 

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A pair for John Tavares including the overtime winner helped to pad his scoring lead. He's now three clear of Ovechkin and Backstrom in the race.

 

Tyler Kennedy made his Islander debut and skated a surprising amount with Tavares en route to his own two-point night. I can envision a scenario where Kennedy returns to relevance in deeper leagues. He was always a good asset for SOG. I'm not jumping to grab him just yet, though. He could easily get scratched for the next game.

 

Word is Kyle Okposo may return tonight. That would be reason enough to push Kennedy out of the lineup right there. I suspect he returns right onto Tavares' wing and Anders Lee gets pushed onto line two. That means