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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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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...

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The unexpected catharsis of Saturday’s night win in Boston has provided Leafs Nation with a much needed release of some tension and anger after game one’s eye-opening reality check. The Leafs are now heading into Toronto tied with Boston after stealing home-ice advantage.  For the first time since 2004, our Toronto Maple Leafs will host a playoff game in the Air Canada Centre! This series is now down to the best of five. While many of us have held low expectations throughout the year, the glimpses of domination and strong team effort has raised the expectation that the Leafs can make some...

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The three day break has given us much time to digest the events of Wednesday night. The Leafs can draw inspiration from the inexperienced Islanders last night with the way that team was blown out in game 1, looked to be in the process of getting blown out early in game 2, fought back, and now find themselves on equal footing in a best of five series against the heavily favoured Penguins. All we can do is hope the Leafs make the necessary adjustments and find something more within themselves tonight in Boston. Speaking of adjustments, Paul Hendrick reports Jake...

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We are within 2 hours (update: 1 hour, 50 minutes) (update 1 hour, 49 minutes) (update 1 hour, 48 minutes) of the moment we've all been waiting for - Leafs playoff hockey. No official word on final lineup combinations as of yet but we'll update as soon as we know. Update: LINES JvR - Bozak - Kessel Lupul - Grabovski - Kulemin MacArthur - Kadri - Komarov McLaren - McClement - Orr Phaneuf - Gunnarsson Franson - Fraser Liles - Kostka Not a ton more to say about this that hasn't already been said, other than I hope the Leafs can weather the early storm. I don't want the...

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Look at that glorious playoff ice paint. I haven’t been this excited about ice paint since... well, when the Leafs painted on their logo at center ice and streamed it online during the lockout. Desperate times, let’s not talk about it. After all IT’S PLAYOFF GAME DAY! We received a good reminder last night about what playoff hockey is all about. Game 1 of St. Louis/LA was war, a game fought on the boards as the Blues brought an intense forecheck and cycle game, bringing it to the Kings for much of the game before Jonathan Quick went from hero...

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Playoff preview? A primer for Tuesday night? With a win, the Leafs could go a long way in making it so. The playoff implications have been laid out here for this final game of the regular season for these two rivals. As if this game didn't already have enough intrigue, Brendan Gallagher, proud owner of arguably the douchiest face in the National Hockey League, made a  douchey remark about how Nazem Kadri plays scared when he's on the ice, something the vast majority of us failed to notice between the two or three times Kadri ran Gallagher over last game. Joffrey...

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After allowing 5 goals a game while losing three of their last four, the Leafs need to stop the bleeding against the lowly Panthers tonight or else risk falling down the standings into the matchup no one wants against the Washington Capitals. It sounds like James Reimer will play again tonight after a loss to the Lightning screwed up Randy Carlyle's best-laid plans. Paul Hendrick reports Colton Orr and John Michael Liles are likely to draw back into the lineup. Safe to say, if they can't beat a tanking Panthers team  (winners of one in their last 8) when playofff matchups...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lighting

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Last night was a good night on the out of town scoreboard for the Leafs. The Sens, Isles, Rangers, Habs and Bruins all played and only the Islanders collected a point. This puts the Leafs in control over their own home ice destiny, now four points back of the Habs with a game in hand and a meeting against Montreal left on the schedule. To me, there's no question, Montreal is the ideal first round opponent given a) how the Leafs have matched up against them and b) they appear to be slumping at the worst possible time. The Leafs...

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The Leafs head to a rink of warm recent memories tonight, looking to get out of a two-game funk in which they've been outscored 10-4 and outshot 75-51. Back at the 42 game mark, with six games to go, the only scenario in which the Leafs could even possibly risk losing their playoff berth was if they were to lose out while all the teams placed 6-9 below them finished really strong. That has unfortunately played itself out a little bit over the past few days. The Rangers won again last night, and combined with Senators, Rangers, Islanders and Jets...

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5 games to go, and with the Habs' recent form, home ice advantage is within the Leafs' reach (also play them in the last game of the season). The Buds will need to bounce back from their first blowout loss since early March vs. the Jets, as they seemingly ran into a red-hot Capitals team at the wrong time, in a back-to-back scenario with travel in between and some bad habits creeping into their game. On the flip side, with a loss to the 7th-placed Islanders the Leafs could find themselves in position to fall back into the clutches of...

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After the Leafs pulled off a steal of a win over New Jersey last night, the Buds are in Washington, DC tonight hoping to chase down suddenly-within-reach home ice advantage for the playoffs. Should the Jets lose and the Leafs win tonight, mathematics say we can officially borrow against our homes and buy tickets to Leafs playoff games in May. Last night's win was something else, as the Leafs completed the season series sweep over the Devils. The Leafs frustrated the hell out of NJ with their ability to nab two late goals despite half (I'm being generous) the zone...

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The league's fourth ranked team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (we beat Boston in something!), host the New Jersey tonight seeking to snuff out their dwindling playoff hopes by completing the season series sweep over the Devils. Settling for a comfortable playoff position cannot be the approach if you're Carlyle's Leafs. The goal has to be to try to chase down home ice advantage for round one, or at the very least to finish strong headed into the playoffs. There is a definite advantage for teams who are playing at a playoff level with playoff intensity already by the time game...

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Toronto Maple Leafs (22-13-5) vs. Montreal Canadiens (26-9-5) Hopefully you have power, and hopefully you and your loved ones survived the Great Ice Storm of 2013 over the past 48 hours.  Mother Nature is clearly a pissed off Flyers fan. Toronto looks to make a dent in the 8-point lead Montreal has on them in the standings tonight but will likely have to do it without Mikhail Grabovski, who is sidelined with an apparent 2-year old stomach ailment.  As a father myself, it's no coincidence that this ailment has been around the same amount of time as his children. Phil Kessel is...

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Toronto Maple Leafs (22-13-4) vs New York Rangers (19-16-4) The Toronto Maple Leafs look to complete a home-and-home sweep of the New York Rangers to solidify their all-but-certain playoff spot. The last matchup on Monday saw the Leafs outclass a Ranger team many people had as the pre-season favourite to win the Stanley Cup. Toronto was faster, harder on pucks, matched them physically, bore down on all their chances and were simply the better of the two teams. Toronto is no longer sneaking up on people and New York is going to look to avoid the Dion Phaneuf vs. Brad Richards/Rick Nash...