Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joakim Lindstrom David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul Casey Bailey – Zach Sill – Richard Panik Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Brandon Kozun Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia) Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup Matt Moulson – Johan Larsson – Tyler Ennis Marcus Foligno – Mikhail Grigorenko – Brian Gionta Cody Hodgson – Matt Ellis – Zac Dalpe Nicolas Deslauriers – Philip Varone – Patrick Kaleta Andre Benoit – Zach Bogosian Mike...

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Toronto had a great start against the Lightning, getting two first period goals and out-chancing Tampa Bay 5-2 at even strength. A late power-play goal for Ryan Callahan gave the visitors some momentum, and they carried the play in the second period. However, James Reimer was able to stand strong, and the Leafs held onto the one-goal lead. Morgan Rielly extended the advantage at the start of the third period, and Toronto did a good job of shutting down the Lightning attack. Tampa Bay had just one ES chance in the last ten minutes, and while they generated some chances...
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Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Steven Stamkos Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov Jonathan Drouin - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan Brenden Morrow - Brian Boyle- J.T. Brown Mark Barberio - Matthew Carle Nikita Nesterov - Anton Stralman Luke Witkowski - Slater Koekkoek Ben Bishop Andrei Vasilevskiy Scratched: none Injured: Victor Hedman (lower body), Tyler Johnson (upper body), Andrej Sustr (upper body), Jason Garrison (upper body), Braydon Coburn (lower body) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul Zach Sill – Sam Carrick – Richard Panik David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joakim...

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The Marlies rebounded with an important 4-3 win yesterday against Rochester to move them within two points of 8th with two games in hand on the two teams immediately ahead of them (Hamilton and Milwaukee). Connor Brown's goal and three assists vaulted him into first in the rookie scoring race with 55 points in 66 games, while William Nylander added a goal and an assist (now has 19 in 27). Ryan Rupert also scored and is chugging along with a quietly solid clip of 25 points in 48 games in his rookie AHL season. Rupert and Brown share the team lead in plus-minus...
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Kyle Dubas with a look at how educating and learning about different ways to analyze the game using quantitative measures have changed the way you can look at the game of ice hockey. Notably, how learning and advancing knowledge of hockey analytics can aid in eliminating the impact of cognitive biases on personnel decisions of all sorts. And finally, a look at what we are truly trying to accomplish by incorporating analytics into our organizations at this time.

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This was a tight game in chances through two periods, with neither team doing much. A ninety second flurry early in the second featured six chances and two Ottawa Senator goals, putting the Toronto Maple Leafs behind again. Toronto managed to pull one back in the 3rd, and after an exchange of power-play goals, went into the last eight minutes with a chance to earn something out of the game. For once in this terrible stretch, they actually managed it, Tyler Bozak getting a goal with the Leaf net empty for his first career hat trick, taking the game to...

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An unfortunate loss to Hamilton for the Marlies this afternoon sets their playoff chase back, but there's still 11 games left to be played. Currently underway, Jack Eichel and Matt O'Connor's Boston University team are taking on Leafs prospects Dominic Toninato and Tony Cameranesi of Minnesota Duluth on TSN2 (5:30 p.m. EST start) in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final. Oh, the Leafs play, too. This is a chance to play spoiler on the Senators, but the third overall pick is maybe within reach. Conflicted rooting interests. Nazem Kadri will return for the Leafs while James Reimer will start. Lines are unofficial. Ottawa Senators Projected Lines Clarke...

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The Oilers winning two in a row has them gaining ground fast on a Leafs team that's barely gained a point in three months. Once thought an impossible feat (getting within shouting distance of the Oilers and Coyotes), Edmonton is now just three points back with seven games remaining. Catching 2nd-last Arizona, who trail by 6 points, is pretty unlikely unless the Leafs lose out and Arizona finishes "strong" (.500ish). But hey, never count this Leafs team out!     The Marlies play this afternoon at 3 p.m. in a game with serious playoff implications, as their opponent in Hamilton currently holds the 8th-seed and is...

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Like their last game, against the Wild, the Toronto Maple Leafs started well against the Florida Panthers, out-chancing them in the first period. Things then fell apart in the second, with two quick Florida goals opening up a lead. That lead seemed to break the Leafs, who were out-chanced 7-2 in the second half of the period, and fell further behind, leading to Jonathan Bernier getting replaced by James Reimer. Florida then shut down the game in the third, and while Toronto pulled one back, that was all they got, with the Panthers earning a critical win in their playoff chase. All...

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Florida Panthers Projected Lines Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr Brandon Pirri - Vincent Trocheck - Brad Boyes Jussi Jokinen - Dave Bolland - Jimmy Hayes Shawn Thornton - Derek MacKenzie - Scottie Upshall Brian Campbell - Aaron Ekblad Willie Mitchell - Erik Gudbranson Dmitry Kulikov - Alex Petrovic Roberto Luongo Dan Ellis Scratched: Tomas Kopecky, Steven Kampfer, Sam Brittain Injured: Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Al Montoya (groin) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Greg McKegg - David Booth Richard Panik - Leo Komarov - Brandon Kozun Joakim Lindstrom - Sam Carrick - Casey Bailey Jake Gardiner - Morgan Rielly Eric Brewer - Dion...
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There's at least one playoff chase alive and well in Toronto: Byron Froese, who the Marlies just signed to an AHL contract extension for next season, scored twice to lead the Marlies to a 3-2 win over OKC yesterday afternoon  (Froese now sits fourth on the team in goal scoring with 14, despite playing just 34 games). With 12 games to go, the Marlies are now just one point back of the eighth seed and play the eighth place Hamilton Bulldogs this Saturday. Also worth noting - now riding a four game win streak, Christopher Gibson's save percentage has risen to an...

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The Leafs had a great start, out-chancing the Wild 6-4, and were unfortunate to trail after the opening period when Coyle scored a goal in the last minute to put Minnesota ahead. Toronto responded poorly in the second, as Minnesota dominated much of the period, and only Jonathan Bernier managed to keep them in it. So, it was unfortunate that a second Minnesota goal went right through the Leaf goalie in the third period, which looked like it might be the dagger to the Leafs' hopes. A rare thing happened after that, as Toronto made a real push in the...

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Minnesota Wild Projected Lines Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville Nino Niederreiter - Mikko Koivu - Chris Stewart Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine Sean Bergenheim - Erik Haula - Kyle Brodziak Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon Jordan Leopold - Matt Dumba Devan Dubnyk Niklas Backstrom Scratched: Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper, Christian Folin, Ryan Carter Injured: Nate Prosser (lower body), Matt Cooke (sports hernia), Jason Zucker (clavicle), Keith Ballard (concussion/facial fractures) Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Trevor Smith - David Booth Zach Sill - Leo Komarov - Richard Panik Joakim Lindstrom - Sam Carrick - Brandon...

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For the fifth straight game, the Leafs were badly out-chanced in the opening period. Ottawa dominated proceedings, getting ten of the eleven chances and beating the Leafs 7-1 at ES, including two goals. The Leafs managed to show some good fight in the second. After an early exchange of goals, Toronto carried the play, and were rewarded with a pair of goals. A costly power-play marker for Ottawa in the last minute of the period put the Sens back ahead, and Toronto weren't able to keep up the pressure in the third, as Ottawa had almost all the chances. The...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup Richard Panik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel James van Riemsdyk – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul Joakim Lindstrom – Keo Komarov – David Booth Zach Sill – Sam Carrick – Brandon Kozun Jake Gardiner – Dion Phaneuf Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly Tim Erixon - Andrew MacWilliam James Reimer Jonathan Bernier Scratched: None Suspended: Nazem Kadri Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (abdominal surgery), Peter Holland (lower body) Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone Matt Puempel – Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan Erik Condra – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar Mike Hoffman – David Legwand – Alex Chiasson Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson Patrick Wiercioch -...

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A day after signing the undrafted Nikita Shoshnikov out of the KHL, the Maple Leafs have landed 23-year-old college free agent forward Casey Bailey, signing him to a two-year entry level contract. https://twitter.com/friedgehnic/status/579413523018723328 Here's a good in-depth read on Bailey from SB Nation's College Hockey website. One of the things a bad team can offer young undrafted free agent talent out of college is not having to wait or scratch and claw so much for opportunity at the NHL level. Look no further than the example of former University of Denver free agent forward Tyler Bozak, whose agent Pat Morris said as much last month: I think,...
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General Manager Dave Nonis addresses the media in Ottawa about the new signing of Penn State forward Casey Bailey.
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The Maple Leafs have taken a flyer on undrafted 21-year-old Russian winger Nikita Soshnikov. Nikita Shoshnikov played his major junior hockey in the Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL). In his final season in the MHL, he finished second in the League in goals with 38 in 59 games and sixth in points with 72. Shoshnikov entered the KHL for Atlant as a 20-year-old in 2013-14 and finished third in scoring among rookies. His 34 points this past season were good enough for fourth in scoring among KHL players 24 and under. Shoshnikov’s season ended in February after his Atlant team just missed the...

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In the last few weeks, the Leafs have clearly established an identity. Unfortunately, that identity is one of a team that isn't ready to play at the start of the game. It was another abysmal first period against San Jose. The Leafs generated just two chances in the twenty minutes, while the Sharks had seventeen, including thirteen at even strength. As with their game against Vancouver, the Leafs were lucky to escape the period down by only one. The Leafs were better at even strength in the second, but gave up a power-play goal, and a goal in the last...
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  San Jose Sharks Projected Lineup Melker Karlsson - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski Tomas Hertl - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Patrick Marleau John Scott - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun Matt Irwin - Brent Burns Scott Hannan - Brenden Dillon Antti Niemi Alex Stalock Scratched: Mirco Mueller, Daniil Tarasov Injured: Mike Brown (leg), Raffi Torres (knee) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup Richard Panik - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel James van Riemsdyk - Trevor Smith - David Booth Brandon Kozun - Leo Komarov - Joffrey Lupul Joakim Lindstrom - Sam Carrick - Zach Sill Eric Brewer - Morgan Rielly Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf Tim Erixon...