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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...
Morgan Rielly Oct. 14

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A William Nylander update, from his first game for MoDo: https://twitter.com/nikkinine/status/522468514687623168 Wednesday Reading: ICYMI: MLHS Game Review from last night's win Kessel, Percy, Lupul = good. Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts Some stuff on the Gardiner scratches:  "Two consecutive healthy scratches for Jake Gardiner. While the Maple Leafs were concerned about his defensive-zone work, they are also concerned he is becoming too one-dimensional on the attack — always carrying the puck. You do the same thing every time, you are too easy to defend. As part of that, forwards are slowing down instead of entering the opposing zone with speed." Mile High Hockey: Maple Leafs - Avalanche...

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For the first time this year, the Leafs were clearly the superior team in Tuesday's game against Colorado. They dominated the ES chances, especially in an effective third period, when they chased down an Avalanche lead and threatened to win in regulation before Kessel settled the game with a piece of overtime magic. There's a lot of positives to take from this game. Edit: Since this is my first post here at MLHS, I should add a little background. I'm tracking scoring chances using the relatively common 'home plate' approach, as described at In Lou We Trust, among other places. Scoring...
Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf

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In the clash of the Corsi outlaws, it was the Maple Leafs on the right side of a 40-24 shot count and a 3-2 final scoreline. A physical, high-paced affair with loads of offensive talent on display, this was the best (at least, most entertaining) game of the Leafs’ 2014-15 calendar so far. The Maple Leafs took this game over from the second period onward, outshooting the Avalanche 31-12. As the game wore on, the Leafs managed to attack in waves with their speed and establish something resembling a consistent forecheck. Worth noting is that the Avalanche were a tired team playing...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 3-2 overtime win against the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

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The Colorado Avalanche (1-2-0) come into town tonight on the 2nd half of a back-to-back and look to improve upon their poor start to the season—much the same as the Toronto Maple Leafs (1-2-0). The last time that these two teams met, the Maple Leafs blew them out 5-2 and it was a wide-open affair. It was a game of turnovers and end-to-end action, and more of the same should probably be expected. Colorado has gotten off to a slow start; Minnesota dominated them in two back-to-back games and outshot them heavily. There are a number of parallels between these two...
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.
James Reimer Rangers

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MLHS Which Leaf Players Pull Their Weight Defensively? (New post) Game Review: Game #3, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Rangers  Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 6 vs. Rangers  Game Review: Game #2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs  Randy Carlyle Post Game – Penguins 5 vs. Leafs 2 GDT: Game #2, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC) Re-Evaluating Dion Phaneuf — A Victim of Miscalculation Maple Leafs claim Richard Panik off the waiver wire Game Review: Game #1, Montreal Canadiens 4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Randy Carlyle Post Game — Canadiens 4 vs. Leafs 3 Leafs Links Reimer returns to ice day after leaving Leafs' win early Should...

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Just what the doctor ordered. Coming off an embarrassing defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Maple Leafs needed goals from their top offensive players and a better performance in net – they got both in chasing Henrik Lundqvist and skating to an eventual 6-3 victory. After their all-too-familiar possession issues reared their ugly head while getting doubled up in shots, conceding over 40 to Pittsburgh, the Leafs also needed to control play against a Rangers team that’s missing a few key contributors -- they did pretty much that, leading the possession battle for the most part until score effects took over...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 6-3 win against the Rangers on Sunday night.

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Funny how much two games can change. The context of James Reimer’s first start of 2014-15 is such that he could make the goaltending battle a battle again if he comes out with a big effort tonight in New York. With an effort from his teammates comparable to last night’s, however, he won’t stand much of a chance. It’s time for the Maple Leafs’ best players to play like their best players. Two Tyler Bozak goals aside, the top line has been nothing short of horrendous to the point of borderline embarrassment; at one point last night, they were hemmed in...

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The Maple Leafs were completely dominated by the Penguins, and the team looked as dysfunctional as it did at the end of the 2013-2014 season. Despite a fast paced start the game, and outshooting the Penguins for the first 6:30, the Leafs spiralled badly after that, looking slow and terrified to make a mistake. Apparently, I'm not the only one that saw that. The team didn't appear to win a puck battle all night and backed away from contact, turned the puck over regularly, and played an overall brutal game, one was also worsened by taking a number of undisciplined penalties to sink the team even...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 5-2 loss against the Penguins on Saturday night.
Tyler Bozak Pittsburgh Penguins

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Maple Leafs and Penguins meetings rarely leave the audience wanting for goals. The two teams have combined for 38 goals in their last 6 meetings, with the Penguins winning four of the meetings, two via the shootout. Randy Carlyle will be looking to the pairing of Dion Phaneuf and Stephane Robidas to get the job done against the Crosby, Kunitz and Hornqvist line, who went off for four goals against the Anaheim Ducks in Pittsburgh's season opener. Toronto's de facto shutdown pair looked a little rough around the edges against Montreal on Wednesday. Toronto will also be looking for better games from...

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in town tonight (7pm, CBC) and are feeling pretty good about things after dismantling the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 in their first game of the season. Per Jonas Siegel, Jonathan Bernier is the starter tonight, which presumably makes Reimer the starter tomorrow vs the New York Rangers. Also, newly acquired waiver wire pickup, Richard Panik, looks to draw in tonight with Matt Frattin being a healthy scratch. Cody Franson says he's healthy and ready to go for tonight, which could spell trouble for Stu Percy, who was the best defenceman for the Leafs in their home opener...

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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....
Dion Phaneuf

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The Maple Leafs practiced today, Richard Panik's first practice with the team, and apparently he made himself noticed. Matt Frattin is going to be scratched tomorrow, by the looks of things. Looks like the Leafs 4th line could be: Winnik-Holland-Panik. https://twitter.com/dalter/status/520589451719086080 Cody Franson continues to get better and could draw in this weekend. https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/520612156333907968 There also appears to be some confusion with regards to William Nylander's ability to join MODO in Sweden. There was a report he was ineligible and one that MODO didn't have the money and there isn't a clear answer as to what the hold up is. https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/520561225529581568 MLHS Links Maple Leafs claim Richard Panik off the waiver wire Game Review:...

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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...