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Tonight, the Leafs will look to crack the tough nut known as the Minnesota Wild, who will almost definitely be bringing a tight, contained road game into the ACC for game six of the regular season. The Wild are currently the best shot preventing team in the league with under 22 shots allowed per game after six games. They've been excellent at 5 on 5, outscoring opponents 2:1 at evens. So, they've pretty much been the opposite of the Leafs, who eat shots for breakfast and are thriving on special teams excellence at the moment. The two teams are...

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Team Records: Leafs – 4-1-0 vs. Oilers – 1-3-0 Fantasy Hockey: Our $500 freeroll is open for another few hours. Don't miss your chance to win some cash. Click here to play. Game Preview: Clicky. GO LEAFS GO. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vikKiQUg4MM&w=600&h=338] The lines remain the same from Thursday's winning combination. According to Jonas Siegel, Carlyle "wants some consistency for younger players."

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The Leafs face off against their third consecutive Western Conference opponent as Dallas Eakins, Keith and son Will Acton, and Mike Brown return to town on Hockey Night in Canada. Edmonton is in a familiar place to start the season - last in the West. The Oilers have conceded at a 4.75 GA rate over their first four games, coming off of losses to Winnipeg and Vancouver by scores of 5-4 and 6-2. There is little mystery as to where this Edmonton team is dangerous (oodles of young offensive talent) and where they're brittle (team defense/goaltending). It's safe to say...

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Team Records: Leafs – 3-1-0 vs. Predators – 1-2-0 Fantasy Hockey: There’s a new way to play fantasy hockey that turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues. And the best part is that you can win cash every single day. You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. Click here to play. Jonathan Bernier’s recent play, career record (7-1) against Nashville and familiarity with the opponent has gotten him the nod against the Predators tonight despite a loss on Tuesday. The loss might have given Carlyle...

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Team Records: Leafs – 3-0-0 vs. Avalanche – 2-0-0 2012-13 Season Series: Two teams haven't met since October 17, 2011. Key Matchup: Patrick Roy vs. ACC stanchions Fantasy Hockey: There’s a new way to play fantasy hockey that turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues. And the best part is that you can win cash every single day. You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. Click here to play. Live MLHS Pregame Show: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji9VtMqWw50&w=601&h=338] News and Notes: Should the Leafs trade Jake Gardiner? James Mirtle and Michael Traikos say...

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Team Records: Leafs - 2-0-0 vs. Senators - 1-0-0 2012-13 Season Series: 4-1 Leafs Fantasy Hockey: There’s a new way to play fantasy hockey that turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues. And the best part is that you can win cash every single day. You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. Click here to play. Morgan Rielly makes his regular season debut in the Leafs home opener, while James Reimer looks to continue his dominance over the Leafs' provincial rival in the first edition of...

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Team Records: Leafs - 1-0-0 at Flyers - 0-0-0 2012-13 Season Series: 2-1 for the Leafs; 12-9 cumulative score. Fantasy Hockey: Be sure to check out our freeroll offer. $500 in prizes, no entry fee. The potent Leafs offense would be wise to test Steve Mason early and often tonight. The Flyers will have the rest advantage to go along with the added momentum that comes with playing in their home opener. The Leafs got off to a good road start last night, with three or four positive shifts to begin the game, before opening the scoring thanks to a few powerplay opportunities. They coughed up...

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Team Records: Leafs - 0-0-0 vs. Canadiens - 0-0-0 2013-14 Season Series: 0-0 Fantasy Hockey: There’s a new way to play fantasy hockey that turns the season long grind into quick hitting one night leagues. And the best part is that you can win cash every single day. You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night.Click here to play. The Toronto Maple Leafs vs The Montreal Canadiens. One of the longest, fiercest rivalries in all of sport and the biggest in the National Hockey League. As always, both teams have a...

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Just one more of these before it's time for the real deal. With a back to back wrapping up the preseason schedule leading into a back to back to start the season on Tuesday/Wednesday, the Leafs may opt for a rookie heavy lineup tonight in what Randy Carlyle has described as an opportunity to assess some call-up options. The Leafs recalled the following players from the Marlies this morning (not clear how many will play): #Leafs have recalled Spencer Abbott, Jerry D'Amigo, Andrew MacWilliam, Greg McKegg & Stuart Percy from the #Marlies Saturday morning. — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 28, 2013   Carlyle was...

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The preseason will wrap up with this weekend's back-to-back against old-but-new-again rival Detroit. The new divisional match ups between the two Original Six rivals are going to be an interesting case study to follow this season, on account of the antithetical approaches as to how they play the game. While the Red Wings have recently struggled to maintain their possessional dominance with a considerably less skilled blueline than in years previous, their emphasis on puck possession, including Babcock's aversion to dumping the puck in in favour of carrying pucks over the line, remains the core tenet of their system. In...

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The Leafs will ice their top 6 forwards and what seems to be (as of today) their opening night defence group against a fairly weak Senators lineup in game #6 of preseason at the Air Canada Center tonight. Nikolai Kulemin will flanking Kadri in David Clarkson’s projected spot. I think he’s the best fit for filling that role in Clarkson’s absence; of all of the productive line combinations Kadri centered last season, I thought the best iteration was him with Lupul and Kadri. Kulemin played one of his best stretches of hockey since his 30-goal campaign in his stint...

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It’s a quick turnaround for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they play the home leg of their preseason series against the Buffalo Sabres tonight.  Jonathan Bernier will get the start anyway for the Leafs tonight, and Joffrey Lupul is expected to make his preseason debut.   Here’s the primer for tonight. - The Buds won last night’s contest against the Sabres 3 – 2 after a protracted shootout.  All things considered, the Leafs were lucky to eke out a win in the First Niagara Center last night.  Their play was sloppy, and they were heavily outshot.  But a gutsy third period...

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The first Hockey Night in Canada of the season. Feels good man. Here's the rundown of the storylines going into tonight's matchup vs. the Sabres: - Riding in on a hot streak of 2 goals and 4 points in his first two preseason appearances, Mason Raymond will play beside Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. Even though it won't stick past this game, Raymond and Kessel's skating abilities sharing the ice together should be fun to watch. Doug McLean's report of an all-but-signed $925,000 one-year contract are apparently less than accurate according to the more reliable insiders, but the two sides are...

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Based on the personnel on offer, preseason could become at least a little more interesting tonight. Randy Carlyle will be icing a few line combinations of intrigue, including a potential "shut down line" combination of Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin. How Raymond fares on that unit will be a worthwhile talking point; this seems to be, based on the projected opening night lineup, the spot he is vying for. The line looks good on paper, with a nice balance of two-way acumen, speed, and some grit between Kulemin and Bolland.  The other line of interest presents an opportunity for...

Flyers at Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre this evening in the second game of a preseason back-to-back. They won the 1st game in London, 4-3. The Flyers are splitting their team in half and are playing two exhibition games on the same day, with one game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs and another at home against the Capitals. That's unusual, and will likely benefit Toronto as they are dressing their full first line, Clarkson, Bernier, Kulemin, and will have some additional speed and offensive ability on the backend with Rielly and Gardiner in...

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HOCKEY. The Maple Leafs' annual Rookie Tournament is upon us. Toronto hosts Chicago Jr. tonight at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Toronto Maple Leafs new and 'not-so-old' will have a chance to display their talents for the Maple Leafs Brass in what should be an entertaining tilt of careful pre-pre-season stepping and spirited verbal jousting. For all your basic rookie tournament info needs, the Leafs' official website pretty much has you covered. View the roster and schedule breakdown. Read the primer for tonight's game, which includes broadcast details. Or watch an interview with Marlies coach Steve Spott in which he talks...

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Strap yourselves in. The biggest Leaf game in nearly a decade is just a few hours away. Do the Leafs have the momentum, is Boston frustrated, does Boston feel the pressure more, did their delayed flight help them or hurt them? It's all academic. Come puck drop tonight, this series is reset to a best of one and it comes down to who executes better over the 60 minutes. There is some talk of a Leafs defencemen being injured and possibly out tonight (speculation obviously being Gunnarsson with his nagging injury), as Korbinian Holzer has joined the team in Boston. There...

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With their backs against the wall, the Maple Leafs will look to force a seventh game by winning at home for the first time this postseason. Toronto will undoubtedly play with the desperation they showed for most of Friday night. The difference tonight will be that the Bruins are also starting to feel the pressure.  Boston will be throwing everything and the kitchen sink at the Leafs and James Reimer in an effort to close out this series.  With the continuing struggles of Seguin and Marchand, the offensive load will likely be carried by the Krejci line. At the other end...

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Do or die. Win or go home. Put up or shut up. . The Leafs look to keep things interesting in this series and give us all more Leaf playoff hockey to enjoy by extending the series past five games with a win tonight. The Leafs have a right to feel a little hard done by with this 1-3 series deficit. Point fingers at certain individuals if it's your thing, but the fact of the matter is that Toronto, despite looking every bit Boston's match over the last 3 games, has made the crucial mistakes that are costing them games. Boston...

Game #4, Boston Bruins at Maple Leafs

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Toronto looks for their 1st win on home ice in this series (and in 9 years) and you can expect that they will be a little less tight in the 1st period than they were in their 1st playoff game at the ACC on Monday night. Toronto has been getting progressively better during the series and looks to be the match of Boston if they play their system and don't gift them goals like did the entire game on Monday. The story of the game Monday was turnovers, clearly, and if Toronto can limit them—they lead the league in turnovers...