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When Kyle Dubas was named GM of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, one of the first things he did was buy every member of the front office a copy of Jonah Keri’s 'The Extra 2%.' For those of you who have not read the book, it archives the Tampa Bay Rays rise to prominence after a near decade of failure. Baseball Prospectus wrote a review summarizing the plot: The book’s title refers to Rays owner Stuart Sternberg’s philosophy that rather than attempt to lap the field—an unrealistic goal, given the team’s financial realities and the challenge posed by sharing a division with baseball’s...

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Since the 2014-2015 season began, I have been tracking my own internal metrics on Leafs games. I thought I’d take the time to explain what it is I’m keeping record of and what I am hoping to accomplish by doing so. If you do not care and just want to read notes, quotes and ‘5 Things I think I’d Do,’ just scroll down and skip this part; otherwise, read on to learn more about what we are doing here at MLHS to take things (hopefully) to the next level. Corey Sznajder’s zone entry and exit work was released over the summer,...

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The Maple Leafs were faced with a unique opportunity to keep their top prospect in Toronto playing in the AHL, yet they elected to send him back to Sweden instead. Since 2005, 14 players drafted in the top 10 have played their draft season across the pond somewhere in Europe or Russia. There is no exact science to developing prospects and every individual person is, of course, unique. That said, odds are that some AHL time will occur, even if only for a handful of games before graduating to the NHL, provided Nylander becomes the player they hope he can be. Nylander...
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In my last post, I looked at which Maple Leaf players are producing their fair share of the offense. In the comments to that post, a few readers wanted me to take a look at the players defensively to see who is performing up to par in that aspect of the game. Today, I'll look at the defensive side of the game in conjunction with their offensive performance. It may be worth while to go back and read it now if you haven't yet read the previous article, but I'll remind you of the process below:  If you are not yet aware,...

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The Leafs earned a second straight win against a short-handed Blue Jackets team, getting some opportunistic third period goals to secure the victory. The first two periods were fairly close in chances until the Leafs scored their second goal, after which a couple of strong shifts saw them open a gap in chances. While Toronto managed only two shots on goal, both goals, in the third, they were even in chances, a sign of a very good defensive road effort. This was the lowest overall chance game the Leafs have played this year; they were content to defend their lead after...

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The Blue Jackets are riddled with injuries, but the Maple Leafs would need short memories to take them lightly; they were thoroughly outcompeted by the Blue Jackets in their three meetings last season, losing by a combined score of 13-3. There are some rumblings of 7D, and of Carter Ashton's season debut, but that's been the case for almost every game this season. . Projected Lines MAPLE LEAFS Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Phil Kessel James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - David Clarkson Leo Komarov - Mike Santorelli - Daniel Winnik Carter Ashton - Peter Holland – Richard Panik Dion Phaneuf - Cody Franson Jake Gardiner -...
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Tough back-to-back weekend on the docket for the Maple Leafs: First, a visit with a (albeit banged-up) Blue Jackets team that's had their number followed by a member of the league's elite in the Chicago Blackhawks, who will be rested and waiting in Toronto for the Leafs to arrive back from Columbus tomorrow. How Carlyle handles the minute allocation this weekend amid the recent line changes is going to be an aspect worth monitoring. Yesterday the Maple Leafs recalled Stuart Percy, who was sent down for a few days but didn't feature in a game for the Marlies.  If the Leafs...
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Hockey Abstract's Rob Vollman (@robvollmanNHL) joins Michael Langlois and Anthony Petrielli to discuss the start of the new season. Listen on Soundcloud Click here to listen to on iTunes (subscribe if you like, too) To purchase the 2014 Hockey Abstract, in print or pdf, click here.

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The Maple Leafs were trounced by the Blue Jackets to the tune of three regulation victories by a combined score of 13-3 in three meetings last season. Helping the Leafs' cause tomorrow: Blue Jackets fans have resorted to pleading with the hockey Gods in an attempt to repent for whatever sin was committed that is costing them player after player to the injury list.  Among those definitely out for tomorrow are starter Sergei Bobrovsky, James Wisniewski, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Nathan Horton, Matt Calvert and Nick Foligno; Artem Anisimov's condition is also unknown after taking a high hit from Eric Gryba the other night. Cam Atkinson also nearly lost his eye in...

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Buffalo is projecting as one of the worst teams in the modern era, but this win was convincing and much needed. If you want to put a positive spin on it, the Leafs have been generous with their shots allowed against even the worst of opponents in the past year; tying a franchise record for fewest shots against in a game – 10 – is a plus regardless of the opponent. The decision to go with Bernier over Reimer seemed somewhat curious given their recent form, but both goalies got the night off as it turns out. Bernier was credited with the...

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After getting a lot of media heat from Saturday night's loss, the Leafs had the perfect response. They played what was, by the numbers, easily the most dominant single performance from a Leaf team in a long time, as they allowed Buffalo just ten shots on net, and had over 80% of the chances at even strength. Through most of two periods, they were playing with fire a little, not having turned the domination into any goals, but in the third Buffalo ended up paying for their struggles, and the Leafs were able to win easily. These numbers are nuts; to...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 4-0 win over the Sabres on Tuesday night.