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Toronto finished its season series with Pittsburgh, ending up clearly second-best in chances in all three games. In this one, though, they managed to earn a point after they scored three times in the second, as they responded well after falling behind 2-0. While the Leafs had the better of the scoring in the second, Pittsburgh still had more of the chances. The Leafs then played a tight third period, limiting Pittsburgh's chances and holding on to earn a point. The Leafs' ES Close numbers were really poor, as some of their better play came when they were down two in...

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It feels like it's still early in the season, but we've passed the 25% point with the Leafs having played 21 of their 82 games. I've been tracking scoring chance numbers for a couple of seasons, (see a discussion of my methodology at the top of my first post at MLHS), and here I'll give a little look at how the season's gone thus far for the Leafs in my tracking. It's worth noting that 21 games is still a relatively small sample, and when looking at even strength close chances -- which tend to be the most reflective of...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially played a quarter of their season, and we are still no closer to figuring out where this team will finish once 82 games is up. Before the start of the season, we posted our annual season predictions on MLHS and I wrote, in part: “I can make a case for this team to finish in the top 5 in the East, or the bottom five in the East, and I think both would be reasonably valid. Neither would surprise me. They have great goaltending, a good power play, some depth scoring, and some nice defensemen....

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The Maple Leafs just surpassed the quarter pole of their schedule with a win over the Detroit Red Wings in game #21 of the 2014-15 season. Last week I looked at how individual players are performing. This week, let's take a look at how the team is performing as a whole. It has been a bit of a roller-coaster season to say the least, especially the past 8-10 days. A mediocre start --  2-3-1 in their first 6 games -- turned for the better in a big way as the Leafs went 7-2-1 in their following 10 games. Then, everything went haywire: They lost their next three games, two...

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Friday Links: The Pens Blog: Diary of a drunk Leafs fan: Follow the emotions of sitting next to a Leafs fan MapleLeafs.com: Super intense kid grills Lupul about his relationship status (Video) James Mirtle: Maple Leafs get their quarter-season report cards (The Globe and Mail) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs struggle with the man advantage but thrive with the man down (National Post) Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs rally for 'moral' victory in Pittsburgh (TSN) Dom Luszczyszyn: Maple Leafs point projections: Playoffs? (The Leafs Nation) Michael Langlois: A few more memories of Pat Quinn (Vintage Leaf Memories)

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A point out of a visit with the league's best and highest-scoring team (15-4-2 with a +27 goal differential after this win) is something any team in the League will take, no questions asked. Especially if you spot them a 2-0 lead. The Leafs had yet another poor start, scored on in the first five minutes for the eighth time this season, with Morgan Rielly and Jonathan Bernier losing sight of the puck coming out from behind the net and Blake Comeau depositing his first of three goals on the night 27 seconds in. The Leafs could've put themselves in much better shape...

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Toronto finished its season series with Pittsburgh, ending up clearly second-best in chances in all three games. In this one, though, they managed to earn a point after they scored three times in the second, as they responded well after falling behind 2-0. While the Leafs had the better of the scoring in the second, Pittsburgh still had more of the chances. The Leafs then played a tight third period, limiting Pittsburgh's chances and holding on to earn a point. The Leafs' ES Close numbers were really poor, as some of their better play came when they were down two in...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins on Wednesday night.
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The Maple Leafs are in Pittsburgh taking on the hottest team in the league for a true 'measuring stick' game. Looking at the table below, it's easy to see why the Penguins have reclaimed the position as the elite team in the East. Best record in the league. Check. Best goal differential. Check. Most goals for. Check. Best power play. Check. They aren't lacking in any one area of the game right now and are piping hot with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games. The Leafs are the Leafs we've come to know with this core group. Lights...
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For the first time this season, the Maple Leafs are going to ice a lineup featuring a fully healthy group of forwards tonight with the returns of David Booth and Joffrey Lupul. Who's the other forward coming out? What are the lines going to be? We'll find out as game time approaches.   Wednesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - November 25  (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Leafs Scoring Chance Tracking -- At the Quarter Mark (MLHS) Stephen Burtch: On Big Ice #2 -- "Basically like TED Talks for Hockey" taking place Thursday at Bathurst and Bloor (PPP) Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts (Points 14-16 deal with #SaluteGate) (Sportsnet) James Mirtle: Lupul knows the Leafs...

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It feels like it's still early in the season, but we've passed the 25% point with the Leafs having played 21 of their 82 games. I've been tracking scoring chance numbers for a couple of seasons, (see a discussion of my methodology at the top of my first post at MLHS), and here I'll give a little look at how the season's gone thus far for the Leafs in my tracking. It's worth noting that 21 games is still a relatively small sample, and when looking at even strength close chances -- which tend to be the most reflective of...