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Maple Leafs Hot Stove provides the most comprehensive game day coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Starting lineups, stats and comments get you ready for that night's game.

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The Leafs look to build on a two-game winning streak against a familiar adversary tonight at the ACC. The Bruins enter the game after an emotional, controversial win over the Pittsburgh in which Shawn Thornton pretty much committed assault on Brooks Orpik. Loui Eriksson won’t play due to the after effects of a perfectly clean hit he sustained from Brooks Orpik which led to the aforementioned altercation. The Bruins are also without Chris Kelly, Adam McQuaid, and Johnny Boychuk. Randy Carlyle probably won’t change much coming off a shootout win last night in Ottawa, although an infusion of fresh legs, be it...

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The Leafs return to Ottawa for the first time since April 20, 2013, the night of a 4-1 Leafs win that clinched their playoff berth for the first time in 9 years. Good times. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQbxijnlqbU] And remember this angry drunk Sens fan from the Leafs' 4-0 win over the Senators a few weeks earlier? That was also the night Cherry laid the kiss on Nazem Kadri on Coaches Corner after the game. Good recent memories in this rink. I usually get out to one Leafs/Sens game in Ottawa a year because it's my favourite regular season matchup. The 50/50 split in the...

Leafs vs Stars

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The Leafs look to pick up their first win in five games tonight against the Dallas Stars. The Stars are 10th in the west with a 13-9-4 record, but some of below-average teams in the West would probably be good teams in the East. I caught parts of a couple of Stars games this season and this is a fast team. Jerry D’Amigo received his first ever call up after four seasons with the Marlies and is expected to play on the Leafs’ 4th line tonight. It seems Colton Orr is injured, and there is no word yet as to whether...

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The Sharks enter this game 18-3-5, and are 9-1-2 against fellow Pacific Division opponents, which is easily the strongest division in the NHL. They enter winners of five straight. This is a dominant team with a deeeeep lineup. How can the Leafs beat them? Well, it begins and ends between the pipes with James Reimer, one would think. The Leafs are shorthanded and are the inferior team, so the answer to closing the gap is cliched - 'outwork them.' Playing without the puck a lot, which is almost ensured, means ramping up the physical play will be necessary to try to...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvCI-gNK_y4&w=700&h=525] A struggling Leafs team running into a 18-3-4 opponent can go one of two ways - the bloody Jaws-like scene we’re picturing, or the Leafs sensing the urgency of a fin in the water, rising to the level of competition, and icing a respectable showing. The Sharks are obviously on another level personnel wise; they tick all the boxes required in an elite team with amazing center depth in particular (Thornton, Couture, Pavelski, Marleau in a pinch). It’s a mystery as to why the Sharks organization doesn’t have at least one Cup to show for itself given its regular...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

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There’s no such thing as a “must-win” in November, but boy do the Leafs need a win tonight. Through 26 games this season, the Leafs and Habs have an identical 14-9-3 record but Montreal is 6-2-2 in their last 10 while Toronto 3-4-3. Both teams lost after regulation last night (Montreal lost to Washington 3-2 in a shootout), so there’s no “tired” excuse for either club tonight. And Montreal was in Washington, meaning they had to travel as well. The month of November hasn’t been kind to the Leafs as they are 4-5-3, but they can at least break 500...

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GO LEAFS GO. Projected Lines vs. BUF: JVR-Bozak-Kessel. Raymond-Kadri-Clarkson. McClement-Smith-Kulemin. Ashton-Smithson-Orr.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 30, 2013 Projected defence: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf. Fraser-Franson. Gardiner-Ranger. Goaltender: Reimer.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 30, 2013

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In the first two weeks of December, which is now two days away, the Leafs will face San Jose, St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh. First, they will play a back to back against Buffalo and Montreal to close out November. Seems like they should probably pick up a few points starting tonight. The Leafs are 4-5-2 in the month of November and will have to sweep this back to back to come out with a winning record in a relatively easy month, one that features three games with tonight’s last-placed opponent. Guess when the Sabres last won...

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Come on Leafs. Time for a redeeming effort. Maple Leaf Hangout Ep.#18 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5LekExfDO8&w=700&h=400]

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All those cliches about needing to respond to an embarrassing loss with a big character effort will apply to tonight’s meeting against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs have played well against the Penguins since the start of last season, going 2-1-1 while scoring 14 goals across the four outings. The Leafs and Penguins play a similar game, and in the past that has suited the Leaf offense just fine. The Penguins will trade chances as a skilled team with speed, and the Leafs have found it less difficult to find space and generate speed through the neutral zone against Pittsburgh than...

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GO LEAFS GO. Pregame Hangout Show: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYtzbneEF44&w=700&h=400]

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Matthew Wagner (@bzarcher) of The Cannon joins Michael and Michael to tee up tonight's Leafs/Blue Jackets matchup. Click play and it will go live automatically at 6 p.m.

David Clarkson

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Tyler Bozak is expected to return to the top line between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel tonight as the Leafs close out a five-game homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets. As much as Dave Bolland was off to a great start for the Leafs in an expanded role, he has to be an afterthought for the team given the length of his recovery time. This is as healthy as the Leafs are going to get for a long time, so let’s hope to start seeing them play some of their best hockey. Last meeting: The last time out against the...

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GO LEAFS GO. Paul Ranger makes way for Mark Fraser on the back end. Carlyle with a sensible decision here to keep Rielly in the fold. Fraser moves to the right side to make it work. The pregame hangout with Peter Hassett of Russian Machine Never Breaks: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLqasveBzf0&w=700&h=315]

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We're just past the quarter pole of the season and the Capitals and Maple Leafs find themselves in a similar boat. Both have winning records, are routinely outshot, receive good goaltending, and shoot at a near-10%-or-above success rate. The two teams are within a couple of points of each other in the Eastern Conference standings and both likely figure into the "middle tier" of the East when all is said and done. It's worth noting that the Capitals, remarkably, only have seven wins in regulation or overtime. They've really bore down on the second point in the shootout with...

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GO LEAFS GO. Fit in the pregame hangout with James Mirtle and Dirk Hoag. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR_OWe0PDJM&w=700&h=315]

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The Leafs emerged with a convincing enough 4-0 win the last time these two teams met (October 10), but the game wasn’t always without doubt. The game featured two 8-10 minute spells without a Leaf shot, both in the first period and to start the second. It was one of the Leafs’ worst nights in the faceoff circle, going 5 for 22 in the first 30 minutes and 38% overall on the night. Ironically, the Leafs scored their first goal off a lost faceoff when JvR pounced on a puck behind the net and fed Kessel in front. The Leafs have...

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Maple Leaf Hangout, Ep.#13 - Isles vs Leafs - Live at 6pm [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ8ShF5i3yg&w=700&h=405] GO LEAFS GO.

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Picking up two points versus the Islanders before Kadri and Bozak return with Predators, Capitals and Blue Jackets on the docket could set the Leafs up nicely for the rest of November. The Leafs need to accumulate some points before they embark on a December from hell. With the likes of Trevor Smith, Jay McClement and Jerred Smithson playing elevated minutes at center, the Leafs have been forced to try to grind out goals and generate more in-zone offense with less of their usual rush attack exploits. It’s been a struggle to score, but the goaltending has remained...

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This will be a special night for new Leaf Peter Holland, making his Leaf debut close to home in the ACC on Hockey Night in Canada. Finding out you’ve been traded the day of, before heading to Toronto to play your first game in the ACC on HNIC just hours later, has to be a combination of exciting and nerve wracking that’s tough to wrap the head around. He’ll also be playing a bigger role than he’s used to. Over his four games, Peter Holland had the lowest TOI/game of any player to play for the Anaheim Ducks this season, clocking...