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While the score line was different, there was a lot similar between the Leafs' back-to-back wins against the teams from Southern California. Much like Sunday, the Leafs went out to a 2-0 lead, despite being out-chanced in the first two periods, and, also just like that game, Anaheim responded with a goal late in the second, putting some pressure on Toronto. The Leafs showed some good resilience with another great third period; despite holding a lead, they were even in chances. Of course, the difference was that they turned four of those chances into goals, making the final score pretty lopsided. It...

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With a minute left in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings, a familiar sight for Toronto Maple Leaf fans was taking place as their top line was on the ice and hemmed in their own zone. The Kings would score that shift—albeit a weak goal—against the Leafs three worst possession players at that time in the game (James van Riemsdyk was the highest at 22CF%). On their first shift of the third period, they got scored on again.  For the night, they were the three worst possession forwards on the team. They also combined for two goals for. The trio...

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I didn't have any particular topic I wanted to write about this week, so yesterday morning I asked my twitter followers what they wanted me to write about as far as a statistical analysis of the Leafs is concerned. I'll tackle a few of those questions today. James van Riemsdyk I had a question from @breakaway23 on James van Riemsdyk's career season pace thus far, which has been mostly overlooked. If we project JVR's stats to the 80 games he played last season, we have the following prorated stats: JVR's goal rate has remained very steady the past three seasons, while his assist rate...

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Through the first half of this game, the Leafs looked in great shape, especially given it was the second half of a back-to-back; they had a 2-0 lead, and were roughly even with the defending Stanley Cup champions in chances. They seemed to hit a wall late in the second, though, as the Kings generated six straight chances, including two goals. That continued in the third, with Los Angeles going into the lead, and it seemed like that might be it for Toronto's hopes in this game. However, instead of folding, the Maple Leafs showed some great resilience, as they...

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The Leafs and Marlies are hoping Brandon Kozun will have cleared waivers by noon; the Leafs are in Carolina looking to extend their win streak to seven, a game they should win but could be a trap after some big wins over good teams; Roman Polak is expected to make his return to the lineup, with Korbinian Holzer likely going to the press box for the time being. Thursday Links: Mike Johnston: Brandon Kozun on waivers as Polak set to be activated off IR (Sportsnet) Jonas Siegel: The heavy workload of Toronto's no. 1 is suiting Jonathan Bernier just fine (TSN) James Mirtle: The five ways...

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The opponent doesn’t seem to matter; no team has an answer for the Leafs’ four-line attack at the moment. Tonight it was the League’s hottest team and owner of its best overall record rolling into town, and the Leafs lit them up for six goals. Outplayed on the whole (didn't 'feel' as bad as the shot count, but the shot location chart below doesn't paint a pretty picture), the Leafs got the better goaltending and were certainly the more opportunistic team; boiled down, that’s been their basic formula when they’ve gotten hot in the past few seasons. Two goals had a definitive...

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While the score line was different, there was a lot similar between the Leafs' back-to-back wins against the teams from Southern California. Much like Sunday, the Leafs went out to a 2-0 lead, despite being out-chanced in the first two periods, and, also just like that game, Anaheim responded with a goal late in the second, putting some pressure on Toronto. The Leafs showed some good resilience with another great third period; despite holding a lead, they were even in chances. Of course, the difference was that they turned four of those chances into goals, making the final score pretty lopsided. It...

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The Ducks and Leafs -- both so hot right now. Something has to give tonight at the ACC. The Maple Leafs played the Ducks well last season; they were able to put quite a few goals on the board as both of those games turned into contests of traded chances. The Leafs won both games in regulation by a combined score of 7-3. Defenceman Ben Lovejoy remarked on the speed and skill of the Leafs and their ability to kill opponents in transition: “They’re so fast, so skilled and we got away from our game and turned pucks over. And they were...

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Toronto ends their home heavy schedule this Saturday (to make way for the World Juniors at the ACC) and begins a 7 game road trip starting Sunday vs the Chicago Blackhawks. The red-hot Anaheim Ducks are in town tonight to take on the red-hot Maple Leafs, in what could be a great matchup. Much has been made about the Maple Leafs possession woes this season. While being abhorrent last year, they are making ground on becoming a better possession team through better personnel and, most importantly, through better systemic process and tactics.  During a Saturday morning chat, Mike Babcock was asked about the...

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Monday Links: Audio: Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch, Dave Nonis with Jeff Blair (TSN, Sportsnet) Anthony Petrielli: Why the first line needs to be broken up, Kadri’s nice season & more (MLHS) David Johnson: JVR, PDO, and the Leafs Defence (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Game #30 Scoring Chances: Leafs 4 vs. Kings 3 (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: Leafs cap whirlwind month by defeating Cup champs (TSN) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs benefitting from the evolution of Nazem Kadri (National Post) Thomas Drance: Maple Leafs' William Nylander guilty of water bottle cruelty (The Score) Kyle Cicerella: Leaf prospect Connor Brown playing above his rookie status (Kyle The Reporter) Michael Langlois: On a...
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Peter Horachek speaks with the media on Monday following the teams off-ice meetings. 12/15/2014 6:31 Mins

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With a minute left in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings, a familiar sight for Toronto Maple Leaf fans was taking place as their top line was on the ice and hemmed in their own zone. The Kings would score that shift—albeit a weak goal—against the Leafs three worst possession players at that time in the game (James van Riemsdyk was the highest at 22CF%). On their first shift of the third period, they got scored on again.  For the night, they were the three worst possession forwards on the team. They also combined for two goals for. The trio...