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
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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...
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The Maple Leafs were trounced by the Blue Jackets to the tune of three regulation victories by a combined score of 13-3 in three meetings last season.
Helping the Leafs' cause tomorrow: Blue Jackets fans have resorted to pleading with the hockey Gods in an attempt to repent for whatever sin was committed that is costing them player after player to the injury list. Among those definitely out for tomorrow are starter Sergei Bobrovsky, James Wisniewski, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Nathan Horton, Matt Calvert and Nick Foligno; Artem Anisimov's condition is also unknown after taking a high hit from Eric Gryba the other night. Cam Atkinson also nearly lost his eye in...
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...
After getting a lot of media heat from Saturday night's loss, the Leafs had the perfect response.
They played what was, by the numbers, easily the most dominant single performance from a Leaf team in a long time, as they allowed Buffalo just ten shots on net, and had over 80% of the chances at even strength. Through most of two periods, they were playing with fire a little, not having turned the domination into any goals, but in the third Buffalo ended up paying for their struggles, and the Leafs were able to win easily.
These numbers are nuts; to...
You have to figure the Maple Leafs are going to be a little tight having lost four of five at home, all handily, and having to now enter a game that is a 'should win' versus the worst team in the League.
Fan patience in the ACC tonight will be even shorter than usual. It's only 9 games in, but the Leafs need this one.
From James Mirtle today, who wrote on the Sabres' rebuild plans versus the Leafs' less-than-clear current blueprint.
These Sabres aren’t merely bad; they’re historically bad, scoring only 1.1 goals per game, being outshot by 13.6 a night...
What is going on with the line-up tonight, is tough to say:
Just another day in Leafs land. And of course Bernier Starts tonight.
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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...
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Here's a great quote worth highlighting from Billy Beane in this article, and it's notable because things like the culture and character of the team often become popular focal points in this market when things aren't going well:
I have always viewed culture and chemistry as a by-product of success. If you put the performances on the field the culture will follow. I have seen...
With an ugly loss to the Boston Bruins, the Maple Leafs have fallen to 1-4 on home ice, and Randy Carlyle sounds lost for answers again already.
While the Bruins carried the edge in play, this was somewhat of a nothing game for the first 40. A flukey first goal and a bad pinch put the Leafs behind 2-0. It wasn’t out of reach until a disastrous early third period powerplay, which this game seemed to hinge on, yielded a shorthanded goal against.
While the Maple Leafs struggled to get more than one line going among their 11 forwards, the Bruins showed them...
Phil Kessel hasn't played a game against the Boston Bruins without Big Z starting the majority of shifts against him or hopping the boards shortly thereafter.
The Maple Leafs will look to capitalize and get the season series started off with a win against the underperforming Boston Bruins (4-5-0). While it still doesn't feel as though the Maple Leafs have bucked the Bruin off their back after losing eight of nine regular season meetings followed by the traumatizing 2013 playoff loss, they did manage to split the season series in 2013-14.
The Bruins remain a top 5 possession team at even strength, but Tuukka Rask hasn't been...
The Maple Leafs are facing a Chara-less Boston Bruins squad for the first time and the Bruins are looking at, for the first time, not having their captain in their lineup and what the future on their backend will look like. He has been remarkably healthy playing 77, 48, 79, 81, 80, 80, 77 over the past 7 seasons; incredible considering the robust style he plays.
Boston has made some moves based on fit (Kessel, Seguin) or money (Iginla, Boychuk) and were able to get away with it for a time and seemingly could let elite players, former elite players, or...
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