Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee

Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 10: Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks watches as Paul Ranger #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores off a pass from Phil Kessel #81 Toronto Maple Leafs take a 3-0 lead during the second period at Honda Center on March 10, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins lost their first game in regulation since March 1st last night (17 games), and of course it was to a team the Leafs needed to have lose in the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs only hope at this point is winning all of their remaining five and Columbus taking eight or less points out of their remaining 14 (they will not be able to win any tiebreak scenario given the ROW difference).

The Bruins come to town tonight in a back to back situation for them and an (absolute)must-win game for the Leafs. Columbus is in Philadelphia tonight. A shocking win over the runaway Eastern Conference leader (and current Presidents Trophy race leader) combined with a Blue Jackets loss in regulation would at least make things mildly interesting in the final four games.

Two news items from yesterday: The Leafs signed Carter Verhaeghe to his entry-level deal and the 18-year-old centerman will join the Marlies for the remainder of the season. Paul Ranger was named the Leafs’ Masterton Trophy nominee for his comeback season following three years out of the game.

More Leafs news:

– The Toronto Marlies are on the verge of clinching their third straight North Division title. Go see a Marlies game this Spring. A good team that plays very unlike the Leafs.
–  David Clarkson’s contract is buyout proof. Only solution to the problem is to attempt reclamation next season.
– We Match Up Well Against Boston, says Jake Gardiner. It’s been a couple of months since anyone has matched up well against Boston.
– Maple Leafs could learn a thing or two from Boston. Like, “try to be one of the best teams in hockey, rather than not one.”
– Paul Ranger considers return to the NHL a success. Feel good story here amid a lot of down notes the last few weeks.
Tim Murray weighs in on the Leafs analytics debate. Murray sounds reasonable on the subject: There will be times when an organization must pick between eyeballing vs. numbers on a decision, but there’s no harm in looking at both.

754 comments
Savo43
Savo43

Kessels wheels lookin improved. 

Savo43
Savo43

17-3-1 holy shiet. 

OTL
OTL

Is Iginla in the B's lineup tonight?  Looks like Rask isn't playing.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Two things you can bank on...1)We will be trounced tonight...2)Nonis will duck the media

mikeyboy
mikeyboy

what happens if the leafs win  6-0 tonight? thoughts? hmmmm?

OTL
OTL

5 more game 7's to play now guys.....let's go!

mikeyboy
mikeyboy

god im remembering how much i hate boston thank god this game is at home

mikeyboy
mikeyboy

this better remind the team of round one cause if it doesn't they have terrible memories 

sniperstar
sniperstar

Leafs will come out guns a blazing. This is play off hockey now. 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

I have no idea how, or what the score will be but......Leafs win, in regulation....GO LEAFS GO!!!

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

And yes I am going to rant long and hard about Nonis, because I said all this stuff in the summer. I was not a fan of any of his moves except getting Bolland. I was a very strong component of bringing back the same team. We would be in the playoffs right now if we had in my opinion. Nonis needs to be held accountable for shorting this team on heart, strength and grit.

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

We are toast tonite...4-2 bruins

Ian from Etobicoke
Ian from Etobicoke

@wiski This coach is a fucking moron. WHAT IN CHRIST'S NAME IS ORR GOING TO DO? 

You have a young, talented, hungry, big power forward ready for a shot to play. Fucking ruining the kid.

djamon
djamon

@B_Leaf  Saying it over and over again doesn't make it any more interesting. We get it...you liked Grabs and Mac for some ridiculous reason.


Make a different point or shut the fuck up.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Gilbey93  


I didn't know the number but yes he has had a hard time converting chances...when he does...

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Jay31  


Leafs should have grabbed Doug Armstrong when he left Dallas

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

Phook....I try to be optimistic...but the bruins are better than us in every way...either bernier steals one...or the bruins take the night off....its a back to back for them....lets hope they're tired..

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

Whats the record of last years team and this years team at the 48 game mark?

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Gilbey93 @Jay31  


I don't think he was available at that time...Armstrong is best in the business for me

Ian from Etobicoke
Ian from Etobicoke

@Yaknowwhat Last year you could claim they couldn't score 5v5 and had a weak PP. Offensive juggernaut this year with all their D joining in on the offence.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Yaknowwhat  


It isn't just the record, it is the difference in how each team played, different elements. If you cant see that you are blind.

ingy56
ingy56

@B_Leaf @Gilbey93 @Jay31  I believe he was, he would have been assistant GM in Dallas, certainly available for an upgrade to GM. 

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

They weren't too fired up last game...

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

I guess I am blind....grabo and mac stunk last year...