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Nazem Kadri has faced enormous expectations ever since his name was called by then-Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke at the 2009 NHL entry draft. Most scouts had Kadri pegged as a prospective 2nd line center. In the eyes of the Toronto media, a player of his skillset and creativity brought about visions of what could possibly become the elusive first line center the Buds have coveted since the departure of Mats Sundin, one that would help resurrect the franchise and ultimately lead the team’s brigade towards success. In a crazed hockey market like Toronto, sky-high expectations are in the nature...

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The opening period of tonight's game was similar to the Leafs' last road outing against Detroit. The difference was that the Hurricanes were able to take advantage of their dominance. They not only out-chanced Toronto 8-3 at ES, they finished the period up 2-0. Toronto had some fightback early in the second, and while Carolina dominated the middle of the period, a late goal gave the Leafs some hope. Until the last five minutes, there wasn't much Toronto push in the final frame, as Carolina added a third goal, and held the chance advantage. Things turned around in the last...

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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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In the game day thread before the Carolina game, we talked about how, in March of 2014, the Leafs were on a red-hot streak that included wins over the Kings and Ducks right before they played a weaker Eastern Conference opponent (Washington), lost, and began a long losing streak. They had won a few games they shouldn’t have, and sure enough it caught up to them and then some; they went from the hottest team in the League to ice cold, and we all know how the season ended. The slump is only at three games at this point, the panic button...
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From 2015 World Junior Championship pretournament exhibition action: William Nylander, after picking up an assist on Sweden's first goal, draws a penalty shot with his speed and subsequently buries a beautiful backhand shot.

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A poor start for the Leafs saw Chicago hold them to only a single ES chance in the opening period, and a goal in the final second left Toronto a two-goal deficit to try and make up. The Leafs were much better in the second period, at least until the last five minutes, when Chicago took control again. The third was similar, with Toronto having a good start, but not managing a breakthrough; when Chicago got a pair of insurance goals in under two minutes, the game was all but over. The Leafs were ahead in ES chances once the first...

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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

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The Maple Leafs take on the Blackhawks in a quick turnaround following an embarrassing defensive effort last night against Philadelphia. It's the second weekend in a row where the Leafs play Saturday-Sunday, with the second game of the back to back coming against two tough Western opponents/recent Cup champs. The Leafs have dealt with back to backs very well so far this season, going 5-1-1 in the second game, including a 3-2 win over these Blackhawks at the beginning of November. Indeed, it has been the games where we go in thinking "this is going to be tough" that the Leafs seem to...

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Toronto had a familiar start to the game, as they were even in chances early, but managed a pair of goals to take the lead. Things took a quick turn for the worse after that, as Philadelphia dominated the last twelve minutes of the period, winning the chances 9-2 and scoring three goals, leaving the Leafs somewhat fortunate to be tied after the first twenty minutes. Despite giving up two goals, the Leafs were actually fine at ES in the second period, with Philadelphia getting most of its chances with the extra man. The third was the real disappointment, as...

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The Philadelphia Flyers face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in what will be the last game of a long home stand for Toronto. They have a back-to-back, on the road, against a borderline dynasty—Chicago—tomorrow, starting a heavy road schedule against some very good teams. The Leafs could use the points in the bank before the gruelling road trip starts, but the easy points have been anything but for this team this season, with a combined 5-7-2 record against below .500 teams. The state of the Flyers D and goaltending situation (Steve Mason is out hurt) should have the high-scoring Leafs' eyes...
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The Philadelphia Flyers are in town to take on the Maple Leafs, in what will be the last of a long home stand for the Leafs, who are vacating the ACC for the World Junior Championships. Leaf Links Nazem Kadri: Is he a 1C? - Domenic Galamini Leafs' Dion Phaneuf quietly putting together strong season: DiManno Star Leafs' Gardiner may be odd man out vs Flyers Sportsnet 'Very erratic': Leafs' Carlyle on Gardiner's play Sun Long road ahead for Maple Leafs Sun Carter Ashton joins Marlies on conditioning stint Sun Maple Leafs patient with William Nylander Sun Leafs' Gardiner still under construction Sun Mason injured at Flyers practice The Mercury