Game Day

Game Day

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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I'd say at least it can't get much worse, but I wouldn't want to tempt fate. With Nazem Kadri sidelined by suspension, the Leafs find themselves in a position where their best active natural center is a player with one point in 17 games. We’ll find out if the plan is to shift another winger to the middle (Raymond or Clarkson being the most likely candidates) or to simply call up Trevor Smith as the day progresses. The former scenario would involve calling up a winger, be it Josh Leivo (scored for the Marlies last night in a 3-1 loss) or...

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Jonathan Bernier starts for the Leafs, Niklas Backstrom for the Wild (could be a break for the Leafs; he's 1-1-2 with 3.42 GAA & .871sv%). GO LEAFS GO. The following projected lines are based on this tweet: Leafs look to be reverting to line combos from start of Saturday's game: Lupul/JVR/Kessel, Raymond/Kadri/Clarkson.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 13, 2013 These are different than the practice lines, which followed the units Carlyle blended together in the 2nd period vs. Boston (Raymond - JvR - Kessel; Lupul - Kadri - Kulemin; Ashton - McClement - Clarkson). We'll update when there's confirmation.

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Tonight, the Leafs, scorers of two goals in their last three games, look to rediscover their scoring touch against a Minnesota team that's allowed only 18 goals over 10 home games (7-1-2). Once known for a 2011-12 collapse often bragged about in the advanced stats community (started at 20-7-3, missed the playoffs), Mike Yeo's team this season has achieved a 10-4-4 record with a shooting percentage below league average and top-notch Corsi. While Josh Harding's .947 save percentage over 14 games is remarkable, he's done it while facing only 286 shots (20.4 shots a game is crazy low, especially coming...

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If the Leafs can pull this off, it would be a huge win not only in keeping Boston behind them in the divisional race, but in boosting confidence for a banged up team facing extended time without Bolland and Bozak. Keys to the Game for the Leafs: 1 - The Bruins defense pinch heavily almost every play and force the Leafs to play on the boards, which is a weakness for them.  The Leafs need to keep the puck 3ft or so off the boards and make the Bruins play in the open ice — not necessarily the Bruins strength -...

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Tonight, the Leafs and Bruins will meet for the first time since May 12, 2013, when the Leafs took down the Bruins 2-1 in front of a supercharged ACC crowd. The Leafs enter the game winners of two straight against the Bruins. The two teams played three consecutive home and homes in early May of last season and split the series 3-3. The rivalry grew so intense that a large gathering of patrons took in the games from outside the ACC in Maple Leaf Square. The series ended with no decided winner. The last time the Leafs were in the...

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With Colton Orr out with an injury, it looks like the Leafs are going to roll three lines and only use Frazer McLaren and Jarred Smithson in certain situations. Morgan Rielly will rotate onto a pairing as the seventh defenceman. GO LEAFS GO.  

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Welcome to the 2014-15 season opener! After an off-season that felt like forever, Leafs hockey is back.... (*checks the ridiculous schedule, realizes it's still 2013*). Before James van Riemsdyk played his first game as a Maple Leaf, Leafs fans were salivating at the prospect of dropping the big winger into the center ice position next to Phil Kessel. That was after the recently-hired Randy Carlyle got an early lesson on how even the most innocent offhanded comment (like maybe trying JvR at center, at some point) can spark a wildfire in this market.  It never happened, but fans were nonetheless...

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Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to remain the NHL's top Canadian team, but will have to accomplish something they haven't in 10 tries over 9 years and 343 days: beat the Vancouver Vancouver Canucks. Two lockouts have passed since the Toronto Maple Leafs swept the Vancouver Canucks in a cross-country home and home in November of 2004. The Vancouver Canucks have beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in ten straight games thanks in large part to their pair of ginger Swedish twins; Daniel Sedin has recorded 18 points over his last 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs while Henrik...

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In a back-to-back scenario on the road, the Maple Leafs Leafs did themselves a favour with an easy win over the Edmonton Oilers yesterday. Carlyle was able to scale back the minutes of Kessel, JvR and Kadri between 14-16 minutes each, and keep Dion Phaneuf under 20 minutes on the night as he rolled his lines once the game was safely in the bag. Amazingly, Kessel put up 4 points in 15 minutes of work yesterday. 1A/1B goaltending situations also lend themselves well to back to back situations, and the Leafs have a pretty damn good one of those going...

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Assistant coach Greg Cronin speaks with Leafs TV ahead of tonight's game as the Leafs visit the Flames.

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Team Records: Leafs – 8-4-0 vs. Oilers – 3-8-2 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 Game Preview: Clicky. GO LEAFS GO. Lupul is in. #Leafs projected lines: JVR-Kadri-Kessel; Raymond-Bolland-Clarkson; Ashton-McClement-Lupul; Orr-Smith-McLaren #TMLtalk— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 30, 2013 — Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) October 30, 2013   Oilers scratch David Perron and go with seven...

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A 9 p.m. EST start for the Leafs vs. Oilers tonight as Toronto gets its three-game road swing through Western Canada kicked off in Edmonton. In their last meeting on Thanksgiving weekend, the Leafs capitalized on Edmonton’s tenuous hold on leads late in hockey games and stole a win out from under Dallas Eakins' team. The Leafs were down 5-4 with under a minute to go before Lupul put another soft one through Devin Dubnyk (also thanks to an amazing diving Bernier glove save on Mark Arcobello that would’ve sealed the game). Bolland, sensing the opportunity to score an important...

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Good stuff on Nazem Kadri and tonight's game vs. the Oilers from head coach Randy Carlyle.

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Team Records: Leafs – 7-4-0 vs. Penguins – 7-3-0 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. Lineup Update: No Bozak tonight, who didn't finish last night's game due to a lower back injury. The Leafs four centers will be Kadri, Bolland, McClement and Smith. Big chance for the Leafs' real...

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Team Records: Leafs – 7-3-0 vs. Blue Jackets – 4-5-0 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. Game Preview: Clicky. courtesy of r/leafs

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Just as the Leafs get their one $5.25 million man back in the lineup, they appear to have lost their other one. The team's leading scorer (11 points, tied with Phil) Joffrey Lupul is doubtful for tonight with a bone bruise after taking a puck to the foot in practice. Josh Leivo, first thinking he would be down with the Marlies for a stretch, is right back with the team and likely in the lineup tonight. Randy Carlyle was noticeably peeved in yesterday's meeting with the media about the refusal on the part of certain members of his team, of...

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Team Records: Leafs – 6-3-0 vs. Ducks – 7-1-0 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. Game Preview: Clicky. There will be no wrong-handed ball hockey at practise tomorrow if the Leafs replicate the same showing as last game and get dominated again by Carlyle's red-hot ex team. GO LEAFS GO. Best guess at tonight's lines (will...

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The Anaheim Ducks come into Toronto tonight looking to notch their eighth straight victory. Randy Carlyle would like nothing more than to spoil the streak on his former team. Carlyle, toeing the line between demanding better and jumping all over his team despite being 6-3 with injuries, chose to let the team off relatively easy at practice yesterday, hoping to flush the negatives of the Chicago game and reset the mindset for tonight's game. Let's hope this isn't just another boring, methodical road game for the team visiting the ACC, as it has been when Colorado, Minnesota and Carolina came to...

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Joffrey Lupul speaks with the media ahead of Tuesday's game against Anaheim.