For the diehard supporters of this team, this weekend always represents the earnest beginnings of the new Leaf season -- the annual prospects showcase known as the Rookie Tournament.
Maple Leafs 2013 and 2014 first round picks William Nylander and Frederik Gauthier will be skating on the top two lines tonight. According to coach Gord Dineen, this may be Nylander's only game of the tournament; a little teaser for what's to come before saving him for the big camp. It's the first real peak at Nylander in a Leaf jersey in competitive action if we don't count the intrasquad scrimmaging at...
The Toronto Marlies are looking to get back to playing better hockey after two games in which they were soundly outshot and outplayed, but relied on opportunistic goal scoring and fantastic goaltending from Drew MacIntyre.
In Games 1 and 2, the Marlies were pulled away from playing their game and spent a lot of time in between the dots loosely defending the neutral zone and home plate areas, as opposed to forcing battles to the boards, where they excel. Getting back to basic hockey and executing simple plays with better accuracy; including making sure there is ample support for the...
The Toronto Marlies rode Drew MacIntyre and some opportunistic scoring to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final opener on Friday. It was a big win to grab no matter how perfectly it was executed, as the Stars hadn't lost at home in the playoffs before the Marlies' handed them a somewhat deceiving 5-1 defeat.
Playing more of their north-south game through neutral ice and generating offensive zone time on the cycle at even strength will have been a focus for Steve Spott's team going into game two.
"There wasn't a whole lot to like in terms of structure. We...
TORONTO - On Friday night, the Toronto Marlies will continue their quest for the 2014 Calder Cup as they drop the puck in game #1 of the Western Conference Final against the Texas Stars (8:30 p.m. EST start in Texas). The Marlies are an impressive 7-0 in the playoffs heading into Friday's matchup, but things are about to get serious.
While the Milwaukee Admirals and the Chicago Wolves weren't supposed to be 'easy' opponents, the Marlies made quick work of both. Toronto swept Milwaukee in three games and the Wolves in four, but it would be a shock if the...
TORONTO - Bags are unpacked, skates are sharpened and jerseys have been hung. Tonight, the Toronto Marlies open their 7 game 2nd round series against the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues). Much like the Milwaukee Admirals were in round 1, the Wolves will be another challenge for a very dynamic Marlies squad.
Powerplay: Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland are back and are both fully healthy. At the team's practice on Thursday, they joined Carter Ashton to re-form the team's top line. Abbott finished the season with 69 points in 64 games and was a key component...
Author's note - Before I get started and preview the Toronto Marlies first playoff game this season, I'd like to thank the team at MLHS for bringing me onboard. A little bit about myself for those of you who don't already know me. I'm the creator/founder of Adamonsports.ca. I provide in-depth coverage of the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. I'm a college graduate with a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting and have always had a passion for writing. So here I am. I hope you all enjoy my articles, and as always, I encourage you to comment with your...
Just two more of these to go.
Tonight's game at least has the nice storyline of Drew MacIntyre's first ever NHL start. MacIntyre has always seemed like a great example for the young Marlies and has been patiently awaiting this opportunity for a long, long time. Good for him. Let's hope he plays well.
Come to think of it, the Leafs will probably need a backup next season....
Playing out the string.
Lines vs. TB: van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel. Ashton-Kadri-Clarkson. Raymond-Kulemin-Bodie. D'Amigo-McClement-Orr.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) April 8, 2014
Ashton finally gets a chance up the lineup.
Projected Defence: Gardiner-Gunnarsson. Gleason-Phaneuf. Rielly-Franson. Goaltender: Reimer.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) April 8, 2014
A window of opportunity is open just a crack after last night's last-second loss by Columbus.
Now the Leafs have to do their part. A win by the Leafs here and the Blue Jackets will start feeling the pressure.
With Bernier out for the rest of the regular season, James Reimer has his chance to quickly erase memories of the five-game losing streak that came to define a tumultuous season of tough treatment and underperformance. Hopefully, the Leafs give him a fighting chance unlike a couple of those games during his five-game losing streak. This would be a great story if...
Can the Maple Leafs stay alive?
Update: Joffrey Lupul appears to be out with an injury, with Jerry D'Amigo stepping into the lineup in his stead. Chad Johnson will start for the Bruins in net. Carl Soderberg is out while Jarome Iginla returns to the lineup after missing last night's game in Detroit.
Projected #Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel; Clarkson-Bolland-Raymond; D'Amigo-Kadri-Bodie; Kulemin-McClement-Orr #TMLtalk— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 3, 2014
Lineups courtesy Daily Faceoff.
The crazy timing of Brian Burke's arrival in Toronto for this game is that it comes amid a collapse similar to the Toronto Maple Leafs' in 2011-12 (but worse) and he may hear chants for another coach he hired's head if this game goes poorly for the home team.
For the Leafs, this is about a salvaging a little bit of pride on home ice and keeping the wolves at bay. An early deficit for the Leafs in this one and it could get ugly inside the ACC.
The Flames have not been an easy out for their opponents, typically. For...
0 points out of 14 in the three-point era NHL is unconscionable, let alone at this time of the season. Even when the Sabres started the season with seven straight losses, they scraped a point out of OT. What is there to say at this point? Even despite all the talk about regression and questions surrounding the sustainability of their earlier success, this is beyond anything that can be easily explained. It’s a total collapse at a time when all the Leafs had to do was scrape out a handful of points to still be in decent shape. It’s...
There's not a tonne to be said. It's put up or shut up. Do or die. Whatever is your preferred hype-up sports cliche.
The Leafs should be able to find an edge with their speed up front versus the slower Philadelphia defence corps. The Flyers boast a potent offense, on the other hand, and have scored 3.3 goals per game since the end of their 15-game start from hell. The Flyers attack with four lines and, as Craig Berube put it, they “compete along the walls, compete in the offensive zone, use everybody to try to wear teams down.” They'll know...
Jonathan Bernier will return tonight, hopefully with a healed-enough groin to be able to deliver the level of goaltending he was providing previous to the injury. It would be massive if Bernier jumped right back in and started delivering some wins right now. Remember, though, that he tried to play through the injury against LA and did not look himself.
It's no secret the Blues are a better team than the Leafs -- possession giants with one of the league's best defence cores, best team shooting percentage in the League, deep at all positions - but the Leafs should, technically,...
The Toronto Maple Leafs coaching staff will have a tough decision regarding who to start tonight vs the New Jersey Devils. James Reimer has had a rough go the last 3 games and isn't playing as well as the Maple Leafs staff, his teammates and fans have come to expect from him. Last night's game vs Montreal is probably one he'd like to have another try at; 2, and debatably 3 goals, were savable pucks, combined with some savable goals vs Detroit and Tampa Bay, and we have a hornets nest of differing opinions as to who is at...
With a win tonight, the Leafs could leapfrog Tampa into third in the Atlantic (for the time being... Tampa has two games in hand).
How is James Reimer going to respond? Will the Leafs calm the rumbling masses (TSN Radio actually mentioned the "18 wheeler" today after two losses in a row)?
Each game becomes bigger than the one previous at this time of season.
The Leafs will hit the 70-game pole with this four-point game in Detroit. It's do or die territory for the Red Wings while the Leafs look to keep pace in the divisional playoff race.
Puck drop with the sun still up... There's no better time of year.