I hope that nobody minds that I'm creating a special edition of a GDT for this one.
I see this game as being close to a playoff game in terms of the hype and media circus that will surround it. Mats Sundin returns home to Hogtown in what will either be a lovefest or a public execution. Will the hockey mad (or is it "hockey neurotic") center of the universe welcome back their prodigal son, or will he be reviled for abandoning them when they were 'on the verge of winning a Cup'
The team is on a roll and this game will be the best opportunity to prove the eastern biased press that they are a contender. They have to be up for this one. Sundin has to be up for this one. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how the team reacts to being under the magnifying glass.
So far this month, the Leafs are 2-3-3 compared to our 7-1. Their PK and GA are worst in the league. Their shootout record is the same as ours.
Is Luongo back to form? .926 in his last two game might indicate yes!NHL.com PreviewTHN.com Tale of the TapeHow will the fans react?
(CTRL+Click to open in a new window)GO CANUCKS GO!GO MATSGO!