Join us at 2 p.m. as Damien Cox will answer readers' questions as the Leafs get set to take on the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final tonight.
by edtsportsedit 5/1/2013 5:06:19 PM
Hey folks. Here to chat about tonight's Game 1 between Leafs and Bruins. .Fire away.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:02:36 PM
Well, sure. Bruins lost three times in the first round alone last spring to Washington. They lost at home to Ottawa on the last day of this season. Boston is a very strong home team, but playoffs are different and the best chance for Toronto to steal one on the road is probably tonight.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:05:02 PM
I'm not really sure what to expect of Reimer. A kid like Braden Holtby had no playoff experience last spring going in and he did just fine, including upsetting Boston in the first round. All I can tell you is that Reimer has had a strong season, and seemed cool as a cucumber when we chatted this morning.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:07:01 PM
Depends on your definition of a classic. I think, if it goes long, it will be extremely hard fought and some new heroes will emerge. That said, the very low-scoring style of NHL playoff hockey makes it tough to produce a "classic," at least in my mind.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:08:07 PM
I find it amazing that you think you can speak for "all fans." Really, you're just speaking for yourself and your friends. No athlete gets to run away from their past, particularly when they've yet to write a new chapter for themselves. Kessel seemed just fine answering questions about his time in Boston this morning.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:09:47 PM
Yeah, that's an interesting one. I think Carlyle believes he has to strike a balance between the physical element and the skill element. On the back end, he needs D-men who can move the puck quickly and effectively. That's something Kostka does much better than O'Byrne. But I think this is a series in which you may well see the Leafs use all 25 bodies currently on the roster.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:11:25 PM
Wish I could tell you. If I could guess, wrist or shoulder. Hard to say.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:11:55 PM
Strong prospect for a long time, had a solid season this year, has won a playoff series, but that was several years ago and he hasn't had many opportunities in the past two springs. I think this is a huge series for him.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:12:53 PM
I'll let you know in five years. Seriously, they're both young D with lots and lots to learn. Which is why neither is playing tonight.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:13:25 PM
I've always subscribed to the theory that you are what the standings say you are. Doesn't mean you'll be that again next season automatically. You might be worse. Or better. I think this Toronto team played very well this season and earned a playoff spot. That's all that really matters.
by Damien Cox 5/1/2013 6:14:39 PM