Sports Dave Feschuk: It’s early, but the Leafs might not have the backup goaltending they need to reach their goal

07:40  06 october  2019
07:40  06 october  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Few bright spots in Leafs 5-3 loss to Sabres

  Few bright spots in Leafs 5-3 loss to Sabres The projected fourth liners were great! The rest. not so much.Michal Neuvirth started in his first game for the Maple Leafs and played very well, stopping 20-22 in the first two periods. John Tavares, Pierre Engvall, and Trevor Moore each scored for the Leafs as well, keeping the score tight the whole way through. Toronto’s incumbent fourth liners from last year — Moore, Nic Petan, and Frederik Gauthier — all had great nights, as did Kasperi Kapanen, who was a menace on offense and defense in the neutral zone. That was the positives from tonight.

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a hockey game in the snow: Leafs goalie Michael Hutchinson gets a piece of a point shot, while defenceman Jake Muzzin keeps the Canadiens’ Max Domi from pouncing on a rebound in Saturday night’s game at Scotiabank Arena.© Steve Russell Leafs goalie Michael Hutchinson gets a piece of a point shot, while defenceman Jake Muzzin keeps the Canadiens’ Max Domi from pouncing on a rebound in Saturday night’s game at Scotiabank Arena.

There was a time when Toronto’s two big-league arena sports didn’t cross over much. Hockey and basketball had mostly separate fan bases and disparate demographics. Members of the Maple Leafs and Raptors didn’t often speak about each other, let alone to each other.

But now that the Raptors are NBA champions, the hockeyists want a piece of the pebble-grained leather. Perhaps you saw the Maple Leafs’ new post-victory tradition — the bounce-passing of an NBA Finals-stamped basketball from head coach Mike Babcock to the Maple Leafs’ man of the match. It played great on social media.

Canucks' Brock Boeser, Oscar Fantenberg placed in concussion protocol

  Canucks' Brock Boeser, Oscar Fantenberg placed in concussion protocol The Vancouver Canucks have announced that both Brock Boeser and Oscar Fantenberg have been placed in the concussion protocol, but gave no update on their recovery timeline. Boeser was crunched into the boards by Ottawa Senators forward Chris Tierney Tuesday night, which is likely when he suffered the concussion. The Ottawa player received a two-minute minor, but Boeser did return to the game. This is terrible news for a team looking to compete for the playoffs this season and a player that has struggled with injury throughout his young career.

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But by Saturday you could get the sense that Babcock, who spent part of training camp speaking glowingly of the lessons his team could take from Kawhi Leonard’s stoic excellence, was almost regretting wearing a Raptors sweatshirt to the rink.

“I’m wearing this because they gave it to me,” Babcock said. “I was real selective with the lights out there — my wife was sleeping this morning.”

Babcock has at least something in common with members of the sports media: He’s never met a piece of free swag he won’t repurpose as workwear. He also realizes there are limits to the basketball/hockey parallels. While the NBA’s best teams are star-fuelled rocketships, the recipe for a Stanley Cup champion is more layered. Connor McDavid’s fruitless residency in Edmonton tells you hockey’s top talents can’t move the needle nearly as dramatically.

Maple Leafs preseason recap: Leafs tie Red Wings

  Maple Leafs preseason recap: Leafs tie Red Wings There might have been a shootout but it’s preseason and I don’t care,Specifically, Babcock has said they’re going to be giving a lot of minutes and a long look at the currently favoured third pairing of Sandin and Big Safety (aka Martin Marincin). So that should be fun.

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Not that there aren’t exceptions. Goaltenders come to mind. A hot puck-stopper can steal games in heaps. And on the other end of the spectrum, a struggler in the crease can render moot the best of team efforts.

Which is why Michael Hutchinson’s season debut in the Maple Leafs crease on Saturday was such a less-than-encouraging sign. As Frederik Andersen’s backup in a season in which Andersen has expressed his hope to play fewer regular-season games in the service of title-chasing endurance, Hutchinson is a critical piece to the puzzle.

It was one game. And certainly it wasn’t solely on Hutchinson that the Maple Leafs watched a 4-1 second-intermission lead turn into a 6-5 shootout loss. If you’re being generous to the home team, you blame that third-period stall-out on the schedule — the fact Toronto played Friday night and Montreal did not. You take solace, as Babcock did after the game, that the Maple Leafs, in opening their season with three games in four nights, took five of a possible six points.

Dave Feschuk: The Maple Leafs are going to get their back-to-backs up, at least in the early going

  Dave Feschuk: The Maple Leafs are going to get their back-to-backs up, at least in the early going If you were going to characterize the opening month of the Maple Leafs’ schedule in a word, it’d have to be something severe. “Gruelling” might work. Maybe “unfair” is more apropos. Not only do the Leafs play the defending Stanley Cup champions and the reigning President’s Trophy winners in the opening eight days of the campaign, they’ll also play four sets of back-to-back games in the coming three-plus weeks, including Friday in Columbus and Saturday at home to Montreal. And in each of those four instances of two games in two days, Toronto’s opponent in the second game will spend its previous night idle.

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“It’s disappointing because you were up, for sure,” Babcock said. “But on the other side, it’s a lot of hockey right out of the gate.”

And in the opening two periods Hutchinson, to be fair, looked wholly competent — quietly efficient, even, in a way predecessor Garret Sparks rarely ever did. Heck, the other end of the ice was occupied by the great Carey Price — a goaltender who was once so dominant he won the Hart and the Vezina trophies in the same season back in 2014-15. And even the great Price — though he would stop both Mitch Marner and John Tavares on overtime breakaways, and though he’d stop all three of Toronto’s attempts in the shootout — had his moments of weakness on a wild and not so defensively sound Saturday night. If Auston Matthews can own Price — and Saturday night’s pair of goals gave Matthews 10 goals in 10 career games against Montreal’s No. 31 — it goes to show that sometimes even the best goaltenders don’t come to the game with an answer for everything.

“I felt bad for Hutch,” Babcock said. “In the end, we hung him out to dry … It’s unfortunate.”

Edmonton Oilers linked to Hurricanes’ Julien Gauthier

  Edmonton Oilers linked to Hurricanes’ Julien Gauthier Edmonton Oilers might have their mindset on acquiring the up-and-coming power forward Julien Gauthier.The Edmonton Oilers may have a solution to the situation: a trade. The Edmonton Journal’s Kurt Leavins reports that there continues to be interest out of Edmonton in acquiring Gauthier. This is not the first time that his name has come up as an Oilers target, as it was previously noted that his name popped up as a possible swap for divorced prospect Jesse Puljujarvi.

Still, considering the difficult end of back-to-back sets promises to be Hutchinson’s chief assignment this season — there are 13 more to come, including three this month — surely Babcock would like to think he could trust his backup to lock down one like this in the final 20 minutes.

“That’s a game we’ve got to put away, for sure,” said John Tavares, the team captain. “It’s going to leave a sour taste.”

As much as the Leafs stopped skating for the bulk of the game’s latter half, Hutchinson looked abysmal on Montreal’s second goal, when he sloppily swam out of his crease and ceded an empty net to an oncoming rush. He didn’t look great when defenceman Jeff Petry scored on the penalty shot that made it 4-4 — although that brain cramp was owned by Kasperi Kapanen, who acknowledged he wasn’t aware a penalty shot is awarded when a player throws his stick toward the puck in the defensive zone, as Kapanen did during a late-regulation penalty kill.

And you have to wonder, when you look at Hutchinson’s underwhelming career save percentage of .908, if there’s a chance the Leafs are headed down the same road as last season — not fully trusting their No. 2 goalie and sacrificing points in the standings because of it. On the bright side, Hutchinson only gave up five goals. When Sparks made his debut as Toronto’s doomed No. 2 a year ago, he gave up six.

Not that Babcock was anything but positive even after Saturday’s setback. As much as he’s used the local hoops squad as a template for his team — “We’re hoping to learn how to play right, like they did,” he said — he’s also used a phrase more than once in the early going that the Maple Leafs seem to be adopting as a team mantra: “It’s our time.”

As the coach said in the lead-up to Saturday’s game: “You know, it’s time. It’s ‘Why not us?’”

On Saturday night, other than the defensive-zone hiccups, the inexplicable mental lapses and the mediocre second-string netminding — hey, two points could have been theirs.

Dave Feschuk is a Toronto-based sports columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @dfeschuk

Maple Leafs will have tough roster decisions to make once Dermott, Hyman return .
The Leafs may have to clear four players from their roster in order to add Dermott and Hyman. He said the moves could be demotions to the Toronto Marlies, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Toronto made a trade or put a player on waivers.Elliotte Friedman suggested in the same segment that Toronto is seeking to trade Nic Petan, who the Maple Leafs acquired at the trade deadline last season and isn’t a favorite of head coach Mike Babcock. Petan only played five games after the trade last year and has only appeared in three this year.

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