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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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The Maple Leafs played a strong, low-chance game against a Red Wings team that dominated them in chances in two previous meetings. Toronto had more chances at ES than the Wings in the first and third periods, including the winning goal from Peter Holland, and for a second straight game, the Leafs did a good job defending their third period lead at even strength. Detroit did have the better of the game in the second period, but Toronto was able to limit them to one goal, and got out of the period tied. Pretty much an even game at ES, as there...

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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...

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Just a small selection of an outpouring of excellent tributes to Pat Quinn yesterday as the hockey world stopped to mourn the loss of one of its greats: Tributes -- RIP Pat Quinn (1943-2014) Anthony Petrielli: The Mighty Quinn James Mirtle: Leafs players & staff remember Quinn Steve Milton: Humble, full of heart, Quinn was pure Hamilton Steve Simmons: Quinn was a larger than life figure Michael Langlois: Remembering Quinn with fondness and deep respect David Shoalts: Quinn -- A leader who was always 'just hockey' TSN1050: Darcy Tucker shares memories of Quinn TSN1050: Scotty Bouwman shares memories of Quinn Tuesday Leafs Links: Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook - November 25th (MLHS) Jonas Siegel:...

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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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I never did meet Pat Quinn or get to him know personally, but as a Leafs fan growing up he meant a great deal to me. I won’t talk about Quinn’s contributions as part of the Flyers, Kings, Canucks or Oilers. He did a lot of great things outside of Toronto, and so many fans will rightfully recognize him as a key part of their organization instead of this one, but I’ll always remember him as a Maple Leaf. If you are in your mid-30s or older, Pat Quinn might not represent the head of the best Leafs team you...

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Roman Polak is out for what is being described as "a while," which is not particularly surprising given the optics of the injury he sustained to his ankle on Saturday. Also injured is the Leafs' only defence call-up so far this season, Stuart Percy, who has missed the last three Marlies games. Hurt also is Petter Granberg. Word is right-hander Korbinian Holzer will get in his first NHL regular season game since March of 2013, sliding in on the right side of the bottom pairing. While he can provide a right hand shot with some size and grit, replacing Polak, who was performing...

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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...