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Buffalo is projecting as one of the worst teams in the modern era, but this win was convincing and much needed. If you want to put a positive spin on it, the Leafs have been generous with their shots allowed against even the worst of opponents in the past year; tying a franchise record for fewest shots against in a game – 10 – is a plus regardless of the opponent. The decision to go with Bernier over Reimer seemed somewhat curious given their recent form, but both goalies got the night off as it turns out. Bernier was credited with the...

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When I had the chance to sit down and watch this game, having missed it live, I expected a Leaf performance quite a bit worse than what I ended up seeing. Boston had a territorial edge, but for the most part didn't generate much in the early part of the game. The Leafs actually led in chances after two periods, despite being behind 2-0. However,  Toronto wasn't good in the third period, and two quick goals saw a game that was still within reach break open, with Bernier pulled. That first period was quiet in terms of chances, and the Leafs were unfortunate...

Peter Horachek

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Peter Horachek with Greg Brady

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The scoreline and result from Tuesday night's game was very similar to the Leafs trip to New York earlier in the season, as they exploded with four goals in the second period, and held on for the win. However, in this game, Toronto were much more convincing in terms of even strength chances, as they dominated that second period to earn their comfortable lead. The third period was a little concerning; you'd expect the Islanders to dominate the chances, given the score, but you'd hope the Leafs would be able to do better on the defensive end. Still, this was...

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Stay safe to all of our Ottawa readers and our thoughts go out to the victims' families.   From the NHL: The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday. The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date. The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa. From the Maple Leafs: “The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family...

Phil-Kessel

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Sometimes all it takes is the right bounce. The Leafs were off to a drowsy start and fell behind 1-0 before the first line got a fortuitous bounce off the boards that fell perfectly to Kessel, who dropped to JvR for his 3rd of the season. The Leafs would fall behind again after a series of penalties -- two by Lupul, one costly after a bad bounce landed on the wrong stick for Tavares’ 2-1 goal -- but it was quickly apparent that the first goal was a lift that went straight to the first line’s legs. Toronto was also a little hard...

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The Maple Leafs' latest hire, Mark Hunter, formerly of the London Knights, will oversee both the pro and amateur scouting departments in the role of 'Director of Player Personnel.' Mark Hunter - Leafs Lunch - Oct. 21st

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Hockey's back! Technically, it was back in my mind with the rookie tournament, but since I basically took the pre-season off because the pre-season is brutal, hockey is back again! The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a lacklustre start and, to be honest, probably have a better record than they deserve through the first week and a half.  A dominating performance against the Avalanche notwithstanding, this team looks out of sorts.  If the reader wants me to say something positive at this point, here it is: Stuart Percy. Percy has been a freckle of light in the cool, damp abyss that...

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Quick hits: Lupul in, Gardiner in (Robidas out), Reimer starts. Pavel Datsyuk will not play either game vs the Leafs. Good news all around. MLHS Ray Ferraro – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 16th Game 4 Scoring Chances: TOR 3 vs. COL 2 Game Review: Game #4, Leafs 3 vs Avalanche 2 (OT) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Avalanche 2 Ray Ferraro – Leafs Lunch – Oct.14 Peter Horachek – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 14th Leafs Notebook – October 14 Which Leaf Players Pull Their Weight Defensively?  Leafs Links Wings try to get back on winning track against Leafs (Foxsports) Musing about Mike Babcock as Leafs coach, and Friday's mailbag (TheStar) Babcock ‘pumped'...

SAS Analytics / Leafs

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New partners 'SAS' and the Maple Leafs held a media availability yesterday that included a few demonstrations of how their technology works and how it will help the team. In other news, arguably the Leafs best forward to start the season has encountered a familiar setback: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/522781636585607170 Leafs Links Game 4 Scoring Chances: TOR 3 vs. COL  (MLHS) New addition to the family, Evan Dorey, tracking scoring chances vs. the Avs. Game Review: Game #4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. Colorado Avalanche 2 (OT) (MLHS) For those that missed the game: stats (boxscore&advanced), analysis, highlights, player notes. Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Avalanche 2 (MLHS) Good one, Randy. Peter Horachek – Leafs...

Ray Ferraro

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Ray Ferraro on Leafs Lunch talking about the Leafs defensive zone coverage and the team makeup.

Peter Horachek

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Peter Horachek on Leafs Lunch talking Jake Gardiner, Stu Percy and the Leafs systems.

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Dion Phaneuf's effectiveness always seems to be a popular matter of debate in the world of hockey. This shouldn't surprise anyone when citing a player who captains an NHL team in a hockey-crazed market like Toronto while carrying a beefy cap hit of $7,000,000 per annum. Last season, Dion was subject to incredibly difficult usage at the hands of head coach Randy Carlyle. His teammate Corsi For percentage of 43.4% was the 16th lowest among all defensemen since 2007-08, while his offensive zone start percentage of 37.7% ranks lower than all but 23 blueliners in the Behind the Net era....

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have added another depth option on the wing, plucking right winger Richard Panik off the waiver wire after he didn't make the Tampa Bay Lightning's opening day roster. The 23-year-old Slovakian, a former 2nd round pick (52nd overall) of the Lightning in 2009, has played 75 NHL games over two seasons, accumulating 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points. His AHL production has been reasonably strong; he's posted 93 points in 128 games with the Syracuse Crunch/Norfolk Admirals. To make space for now, the injured Josh Leivo has been returned to the Marlies. https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/520249492487294976 It kind of follows...

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The Maple Leafs have found a way to keep Swedish defenceman and rookie tournament standout Viktor Loov in North America for the upcoming season. The Maple Leafs were waiting on MoDo to waive his rights, which curiously took them a little bit of time and for a while didn't seem like it was going to happen. For the last week, word out of Maple Leaf management was that they didn't think they were going to be able to get Loov released from his SHL contract to come over to the Toronto Marlies. Possible reasons things changed for the better? Nonis guided by contracts...

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If you are not yet aware, I have recently launched a new hockey statistics website at Puckalytics.com. Long-term this will be the replacement for stats.hockeyanalysis.com, but not all features are implemented yet; for now, both will remain operational. There are some new statistics available at Puckalytics.com and one of those features is the ability to find the percentage of a team's overall statistic that the player was on the ice for. I call these '% of Team Stats' and they can be found here. To explain exactly what these statistics mean, let's look at % of Team TOI. Last season, Ryan Suter...

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The cuts are in. The Leafs have waived Colton Orr, Frazer McLaren and Korbinian Holzer, while William Nylander is headed back to MoDo for the upcoming season. That means, if you lost track, the guys who made the team include: Stuart Percy, Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin, Josh Leivo and Brandon Kozun, on top of the obvious. We should also note that Leivo isn’t practicing today because he is hurt with a bruised foot. Not to mention Bozak and Franson are banged up. That means more demotions will eventually happen. For now, these appear to be the lines: So, it looks like the top line...

Stéphane Robidas

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Stéphane Robidas speaks with members of the media following Thursday's practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--Mm01W4FWI

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Thursday Links... MLHS Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Proteau: The Leafs defense won't be a complete disaster - TSN Leafs enjoy team building up north with paintball battle - Star Mirtle: Fighters or finishers? Leafs have one more week to choose their path - G&M Maple Leafs'...

Carter Ashton

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In Elliot Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday, he mentions that the Maple Leafs have been shopping Carter Ashton to see if they can get a pick rather than lose him for free on the waiver wire. Like Vancouver with Markstrom, Toronto has asked around about Carter Ashton, trying to see if they can get a pick instead of going though the waiver route. Ostensibly, this is because they are keeping Colton Orr and/or Fraser McLaren on the roster. This closely mirrors what happened last season, whereby Joe Colborne had a lacklustre camp and he was sent to Calgary for a 4th round pick. The...