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Carter Ashton has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Depending on how you see it, it's a tough break or a dumb mistake for a player trying to solidify his place in the lineup after getting a chance with the injury to Joffrey Lupul.
“I suffered an asthmatic spasm in late August while in a training session getting prepared for the 2014-15 NHL season. One of the other athletes I was training with gave me an inhaler in order to help open my airway, which provided me with immediate...
Despite the line blender going on full blast in the loss against the Coyotes, yesterday's practice lines were back to those of the previous couple of wins.
A.J. Haefele: Practice report with the latest tidbits on the Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)
James Mirte: Avalanche are a team in turmoil after ignoring all the warning signs (G&M)
Jonas Siegel: Time is now for Peter Holland to prove he belongs with Leafs (TSN)
James Mirtle: Latest loss a perfect example of what ails the Leafs (G&M)
Luke Fox: Top 10 Best NHL Free Agent Acquisitions (so far); Komarov makes the list (Sportsnet)
Fangda Li: NHL Play-by-Play Data...
Unprepared to start the game.
That was the story of the Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night as they tried to dig themselves out of a 3-0 hole and ultimately couldn't overcome it.
- The Leafs generate a little ozone time and a SOG from Polak on the first shift with Clarkson, JvR and Bozak, after Carlyle pretends to reunite the top line of old before yanking Kessel for Clarkson right after the draw.
- On the first shift for Kessel, Winnik and Kadri, the wingers (Kessel first, Winnik second) fail to get the puck moving on...
The Leafs came out flat in Arizona, with a couple of bad giveaways and an unlucky bounce seeing them fall behind 3-0.
Toronto didn't generate a single ES chance until just before the halfway point of the game. They improved in the second half, but still ended up out-chanced pretty decisively. They managed a pair of powerplay goals, but there wasn't much generated at ES down the stretch, even while they were chasing the one goal lead in the last few minutes.
The Leafs never got back to ES Close after the early part of the game, and while they...
The Leafs are looking to stay undefeated in regulation on the road (3-0-1) in tonight’s meeting with the Western Conference’s last place team the Arizona Coyotes.
The Coyotes have been a middle of the road possession team getting let down by its defense and especially its goaltending in the early going. Mike Smith’s .873 leaves him fourth from the bottom in save percentage among goaltenders with a minimum of 3 starts. Expected to start tonight, the Leafs would be wise to test him early and often.
The Coyotes will be feeling a little better about themselves having most recently picked up...
Anthony Petrielli: Toronto should not "Blow Up" the team, but they will have to clear contracts sooner than later (MLHS)
Jonas Siegel: Daniel Winnik showing good value, versatility early for Leafs (TSN)
Draglikepull: Why do the Maple Leafs keep sending Percy to the AHL? (PPP)
Jaime Eisner: Early Season Coyotes Report (Five for Howling)
Paul Hendrick: Practice notes from yesterday (MapleLeafs.com)
Gord Stellick: Randy Carlyle gets full marks during Leafs hot streak (Sportsnet)
Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs go on Western road trip brimming with confidence (G&M)
Rob Longley: Clarkson flicks the power switch (Toronto Sun)
Rob Longley: Leo Komarov appreciates coaches' trust (Toronto Sun)
Yesterday's lineup notes:
Michael Langlois: Was I wrong about the Reimer-Bernier duo? (VLM)
Jonas Siegel: Reimer holds the Hawks at bay, Phaneuf's minute count, and Holland's opportunity (TSN)
Michael Traikos: Leafs' Leo Komarov showing why he's one of the league's pests (National Post)
Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov has passive aggressive act in check (The Star Phoenix)
Kevin McGran: Leafs' Sam Carrick savours NHL debut (TorStar)
Mike Zeisberger: James Reimer's busy period gets noticed (Toronto Sun)
Justin Fisher: Maple Leafs Prospect Update -- November 2 (The Leafs Nation)
The Toronto Maple Leafs were expected to win the Atlantic Division by exactly no one before the 2014-2015 season, and in that respect, prognosticators have been correct through the first couple weeks of the season.
Still, the standings are looking particularly unforgiving for the Leafs heading into their game against Columbus, with five of the top seven teams in the Eastern Conference residing in the division. With under ten games played, the NHL odds found here have the Leafs at +1,500 to win the Atlantic Division.
With that in mind, we’ve broken down a few of the stories that have defined...
It’s a four-point weekend for the Maple Leafs.
Among the fan base, it was ‘blow it up’ last week, ‘playoff bound’ the next.
The Leafs needed their goaltender to be their best player to get this win over one of the league elite in a back to back and that’s exactly what they got. While it could be argued he should’ve come up with a save on one of the first two goals, James Reimer was every superlative in the book in the third period to close this out as the Maple Leafs just hung on for dear life – tonnes...
Toronto was unfortunate not to be ahead after two periods, as their second period performance was excellent, putting a lot of pressure on the Blackhawks and severely limiting Chicago's chances.
They did manage a breakthrough early in the third, through Peter Holland, and then went into a defensive shell. Chicago threw everything they had at the Leafs' net in the third, generating a crazy twenty-three chances in the period, but James Reimer somehow managed to keep the Hawks at bay and earn Toronto a third consecutive win.
Some major momentum shifts here, but that excellent second period means the Leafs finished...
The Blackhawks have been waiting in Toronto since their shootout win over Ottawa on Thursday, but the good news is that Randy Carlyle was able to limit the minutes of his top guns in a convincing win over the Blue Jackets last night.
The Leafs will also be injecting some fresh legs on the fourth line in the form of Sam Carrick, who has probably had to wait 10 games too many to get this chance given the preseason he had. He's hinted at maybe getting some looks on the Leafs' excelling penalty kill as well, but first and foremost,...
The Toronto Maple Leafs were delivered a blow before the start of the game with the news that oft injured forward, Joffrey Lupul, was out with a broken right hand.
This was a a decent win for Toronto against a team they should beat given the Blue Jackets had $30 million in players on the IR. They did not convincingly shut the game down and were dominated towards the end of the game, however, they did push shots to the outside and none were really of much threat. Tough luck for Jonathan Bernier on the power play goal. He looked good...
The Leafs earned a second straight win against a short-handed Blue Jackets team, getting some opportunistic third period goals to secure the victory.
The first two periods were fairly close in chances until the Leafs scored their second goal, after which a couple of strong shifts saw them open a gap in chances. While Toronto managed only two shots on goal, both goals, in the third, they were even in chances, a sign of a very good defensive road effort.
This was the lowest overall chance game the Leafs have played this year; they were content to defend their lead after...
The Blue Jackets are riddled with injuries, but the Maple Leafs would need short memories to take them lightly; they were thoroughly outcompeted by the Blue Jackets in their three meetings last season, losing by a combined score of 13-3.
There are some rumblings of 7D, and of Carter Ashton's season debut, but that's been the case for almost every game this season.
Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - David Clarkson
Leo Komarov - Mike Santorelli - Daniel Winnik
Carter Ashton - Peter Holland – Richard Panik
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner -...
Tough back-to-back weekend on the docket for the Maple Leafs: First, a visit with a (albeit banged-up) Blue Jackets team that's had their number followed by a member of the league's elite in the Chicago Blackhawks, who will be rested and waiting in Toronto for the Leafs to arrive back from Columbus tomorrow. How Carlyle handles the minute allocation this weekend amid the recent line changes is going to be an aspect worth monitoring.
Yesterday the Maple Leafs recalled Stuart Percy, who was sent down for a few days but didn't feature in a game for the Marlies. If the Leafs...
Hockey Abstract's Rob Vollman (@robvollmanNHL) joins Michael Langlois and Anthony Petrielli to discuss the start of the new season.
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