The struggling New Jersey Devils are in Toronto
to take on the warm-getting-warmer Maple Leafs.
“They’re playing with confidence, a lot of speed, a lot of depth. I think they’ve won four or five in a row,” DeBoer noted. “But it wasn’t that long ago that they were sitting where we are, lacking some wins and second-guessing themselves. “I think they’re a good example of how quickly this can turn around once you get it going the other way. - Devils Head Coach, Peter DeBoer”
The key for the Maple Leafs in this game will be avoiding falling into the trap of...
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Game Review: Game #24, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Dallas Stars 3
Review, shot location chart, possession chart, Maple Leaf player notes and boxscore
Game in 12: Leafs 5, Stars 3
Game minute compressed Leafs/Stars "Game in 12"
Game 24 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3
Evan Dorey with Leafs/Stars scoring chances (and cumulative scoring chances on the season)
Randy Carlyle Post Game: Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3
Randy talkin' hockey.
Peter Horachek – Sportsnet 590
Horachek talking about the process of transforming the Leafs into a defensively minded club.
Leafs Notebook – December 2
Anthony Petrielli with his weekly Leafs Notebook talking Franson and...
The high-scoring Maple Leafs won a game over a reeling opponent in mostly-convincing fashion, extending their points streak to five games and improving their record to a solid 13-8-2.
The way Dallas is playing has to be close to giving Lindy Ruff a coronary: Cheating for offense, undisciplined, losing a lot of their puck battles, heavily offense-first, and passive defensively and through neutral ice. There is a lot of skill on that roster, but they’re not playing anything close to sound hockey; more than a few people on Twitter remarked on their similarity to the 2013-14 Maple Leafs. They won’t...
The Leafs started December with another strong performance, which was similar to their game against the Capitals.
The first period was even in chances at ES, but the Leafs took the lead with a pair of goals, including a very early one from the on-fire Tyler Bozak. A good second period, which has become a consistent thing for the Leafs, saw them extend the lead to 4-1, and they held on in the third for the win.
The game was pretty much even at ES, but the Leafs were vastly superior on special teams, really limiting the Stars power-play, despite Dallas...
For the disappointing -- relative to off-season hype -- Dallas Stars, the key to victory has been quieting/limiting Seguin, Spezza and Benn. After that, the Stars have been dealing with a pretty big drop off in terms of production up front.
"I think he's a great player," Seguin said of Kessel. "I'm still a bit of a Leafs fan at heart. I grew up watching the Leafs and loving them. Obviously he's their top guy. He's a great player. It's weird how it all worked out, how I could have been there. But I think we've both moved on from that." - Tyler...
Stephen Burtch: Playing hardball with Franson will cost Leafs (Sportsnet)
Rob Longley: Frederik Gauthier invited to Team Canada selection camp (Toronto Sun)
Micheal Traikos: Assistant coach Steve Spott having positive influence on David Clarkson (National Post)
Ed Dermit: Maple Leafs have small but promising group of prospects at the junior level (Hockey's Future)
Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov a question mark for game versus Stars (National Post)
Lance Hornby: 'Tell everyone I'm fine,' Komarov misses practice (Toronto Sun)
Mark Zwolinski: Trevor Smith making decision tough on Maple Leafs (Toronto Star)
Draglikepull: How many points will Tyler Bozak score this season? (Pension Plan Puppets)
Michael Langlois: Maple Leafs...
In the summer, I wrote about Bozak's statistically-improved 2013-14 season.
In that post, I observed that Bozak had significantly improved his 5v5 offensive production last season, and in particular his assist rates, while noting that his power play production had been relatively unchanged. Here is my concluding paragraph from that post:
It is difficult to know from the statistics whether Bozak took a step forward in his development or changed his style of play last season to become a more important member of his line, but he appears to have been. Of course, one season does not make a trend so it will be...
In the battle of the middling teams, Washington (10-8-4) is in Toronto to take on a Maple Leaf squad (11-8-3) looking to build on three solid games (2 wins & 1 OT loss).
The Leafs are 5-3-2 in their last 10, while Washington is 6-3-1 in their last ten. Washington is on the second half of a back-to-back, coming off a win against the New York Islanders.
Friend of the site, RMNB, writes in their keys to the game "don't play down to them", which is somewhat misleading; while their underlying numbers have improved, the Capitals still haven't proven to be anything to write home...
The Pens Blog: Diary of a drunk Leafs fan: Follow the emotions of sitting next to a Leafs fan
MapleLeafs.com: Super intense kid grills Lupul about his relationship status (Video)
James Mirtle: Maple Leafs get their quarter-season report cards (The Globe and Mail)
Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs struggle with the man advantage but thrive with the man down (National Post)
Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs rally for 'moral' victory in Pittsburgh (TSN)
Dom Luszczyszyn: Maple Leafs point projections: Playoffs? (The Leafs Nation)
Michael Langlois: A few more memories of Pat Quinn (Vintage Leaf Memories)
A point out of a visit with the league's best and highest-scoring team (15-4-2 with a +27 goal differential after this win) is something any team in the League will take, no questions asked.
Especially if you spot them a 2-0 lead. The Leafs had yet another poor start, scored on in the first five minutes for the eighth time this season, with Morgan Rielly and Jonathan Bernier losing sight of the puck coming out from behind the net and Blake Comeau depositing his first of three goals on the night 27 seconds in.
The Leafs could've put themselves in much better shape...
Toronto finished its season series with Pittsburgh, ending up clearly second-best in chances in all three games.
In this one, though, they managed to earn a point after they scored three times in the second, as they responded well after falling behind 2-0. While the Leafs had the better of the scoring in the second, Pittsburgh still had more of the chances. The Leafs then played a tight third period, limiting Pittsburgh's chances and holding on to earn a point.
The Leafs' ES Close numbers were really poor, as some of their better play came when they were down two in...
The Maple Leafs are in Pittsburgh taking on the hottest team in the league for a true 'measuring stick' game.
Looking at the table below, it's easy to see why the Penguins have reclaimed the position as the elite team in the East. Best record in the league. Check. Best goal differential. Check. Most goals for. Check. Best power play. Check.
They aren't lacking in any one area of the game right now and are piping hot with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games.
The Leafs are the Leafs we've come to know with this core group. Lights...