This is a big of a test as there is in game #8 of the season for Carlyle's team. How the Leafs look against the 5-1-1 Boston Bruins tonight is going to be an early measuring stick when it comes to the team's level of improvement this season over last.
In the process of losing all six games to the Bruins last season, the Leafs never allowed less than four and were lit up by scores of 7-0, 8-0, 6-3 and 6-2 throughout the season series. The way in which the Leafs were roundly outplayed in all facets of the game, and at times physically outmatched to an extent hard to imagine of an NHL team, in those blowouts was an embarrassment to all wearing Blue and White; the types of performances against a hated division rival the Leafs must avoid if, as Carlyle pledged, his team isn't going to be a laughingstock. [more…]
Can the Leafs pounce on the struggling Washington Capitals and grab their first pair of home points? Are the Leafs capable of pouncing on anybody? We’ll find out tonight. [more…]
The Leafs visit the place where the Leafs go to die tonight. They're 1-8 - the win was a glorious Reimer shutout involving a Joey Crabb shorthanded goal at the end of the 2010-11 season - in the last nine at the HSBC/First Niagara Center and 23-36-3 all time in Buffalo. The Leafs lost three one-goal games in Buffalo last season before defeating the Sabres in all three at the ACC. [more…]
How's the saying go? Shit happens, it's how you react to the shit that counts? While the loss on Thursday was riddled with familiar Leaf flaws and more than a little concerning, we had seen much better from a defensive standpoint in the three games prior. [more…]
The Islanders are obviously a beatable opponent, but don’t face the same mental and physical challenges of a back to back cross-border scenario after a high-tempo game for the Leafs last night. The key for Carlyle’s team will be avoiding the let down coming off of the high in Pittsburgh. [more…]
It might actually be a Game in 9. Or a Game in 27. Who knows? I'm writing this sentence at 7:08pm. [more…]
Randy Carlyle will ice a new look lineup tonight for the Leafs' big test against Pittsburgh in the Penguins' home opener. [more…]
The Leafs are 1-1-0 after a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the home opener despite a 35-20 shots advantage. The shot clock doesn't tell the whole story, but this one was first and foremost about Ryan Miller. [more…]
In his media address after the morning skate ahead of tonight's home opener, Randy Carlyle made an interesting comment on the Leafs' home ice advantage or lackthereof so far during his tenure. [more…]
So it appears that we can all enjoy hockey once again. There’s nothing Leafs Nation enjoys more than a convincing win over the Habs. That’s exactly what happened on this HNIC Saturday evening.
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