Leafs welcome Sabres tonight at ACC. And though we've known this for a while now, we still do a double take at the standings: with 51 points Buffalo is the fourth seed in the East, and just four points behind Ottawa for tops overall.
Buffalo is 15-1-1 over their last 17; goalie Martin Biron has won 13 straight starts. Leafs fans who cry for the youth movement should look down the QEW for their model. Afinogenov, Briere, Connolly, Kotalik, Vanek, Drury, Campbell, Roy (I could go on) -- all under 30 years of age, all have the wheels and the skills. Not feeling good about tonight's game. But that's fine because I don't get Leafs TV and that's the only place you can watch it, so tonight's a good night to check out our 2-0 junior squad, facing Norway tonight in what should be a scrimmage for our boys.
Paul Hunter takes us through the Leafs infirmary ward, with Steen, Colaiacovo, Lindros, Allison and Antropov hurting. Hunter reports Steen could be back and Wozniewski will replace Colaiacovo.
Gotta say the way Steady Eddie's been playing the Leafs have a chance against anyone. But I have to ask:
What's up with Mats Sundin's linemates?
What happened to Jeff O'Neill? 9 ppg and he's no longer on the first unit?
Could Matt Stajan be the next top two-way specialist?
Should Kyle Wellwood be playing more? With Sundin?
Should Darcy Tucker have been suspended?
Bonus coverage: Damien Cox debuts a new web-only column today on waymoresports, with the news that the Devils could have Patrik Elias back in their lineup in time for Saturday's date with Toronto, thanks to some clever moves by GM Lou Lamoriello. It's a neat read just to see how he worked his roster and the cap to make things fit. (SW)