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The Tampa Bay Lighting (13-15-1) are in town to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-2). The other day, Randy Carlyle called the Leafs’ inability to initiate clean breakouts and avoid getting hemmed in their own zone “the big mystery with this group.” He’s taken steps toward resolving it with the addition of both John Michael-Liles and Jake Gardiner to the lineup, who will apparently play together on a pairing tonight as the defence takes a shape much closer to what many armchair coaches were penciling together before the season. It will be interesting to see how the pair affect...

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Mike Komisarek has waived his No-Movement clause in order to be put on waivers. Once he clears, he will report to the Toronto Marlies. He'll suit up for the Marlies this Friday in Chicago. Komisarek strategy - waiving NMC for waivers - elementary. Needs to play. Almost certain he won't be claimed, will report/play for Marlies.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 20, 2013 If he plays wells in AHL, it could open doors. Maybe TOR recalls him. Or maybe another team is intrigued enough to trade for him.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 20, 2013 Failing those, he has body of work in AHL...

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James Mirtle wrote the other day about how the first Pascal Dupuis goal in the crushing 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh last Thursday was the back breaker when it came to Korbinian Holzer's time with the Leafs this season. Holzer challenged Chris Kunitz on the boards and Kunitz came out cleanly with the puck to start the play that led to the goal. I remember thinking at the time, "Holzer struggles with his outlet pass, he struggles positionally, what are we doing here if Holzer can't even win a battle on the boards?" Unfortunately for Holzer that was just one of...

Corey Perry

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News broke last evening that Corey Perry had signed an 8 year deal totalling 69 million dollars to stay with the Anaheim Ducks and his newly signed centerman (also of 8 years), Ryan Getzlaf. Perry agrees to eight-year, $69 M deal with Anaheim; $8.625 M AAV — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 19, 2013 Pierre wrote a pretty good piece here on it. A précis of this is basically: Getzlaf signed, the team is doing well, I like it here in California. Not too earth shattering. This is noteworthy to Leaf fans, because, well, he was supposed to sign in Toronto so he could "move closer...

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Joffrey Lupul makes his return at a game where the Leafs need to stop the bleeding or else risk playing their way out of a playoff spot in the span of five games (should the Rangers win their back to back games Monday-Tuesday; Leafs don't play against until Wednesday). The Leafs will have to try to ignore the result and take the positives forward from the loss to the Pens. From the standpoint of offensive zone time generated and limiting scoring chances, the Leafs played a really solid 53 minutes, and that was pretty much the opposite of what they...

Brenden Morrow Leafs

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As trade rumour season heats up and the Toronto Maple Leafs slip in the standings from 5th to 8th in the past week, Leafs Nation will almost certainly be whipped up into a frenzy over every name mentioned. While we aren't a rumour website, we are within 19 days of the deadline and there has been some legitimate talk from *actual* members of the media and evidence of three teams in different conferences scouting each other heavily that don't normally do so. A lot can change depending on the Leafs position in the standings in the eight games before the...

Ryan Lasch

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded David Steckel to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right-winger Ryan Lasch and the Ducks' seventh-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Ryan Lasch will report to the Toronto Marlies. The move clears a roster spot off the Leafs for the imminent return of Joffrey Lupul, who has been cleared for contact and says he's ready for tomorrow's tilt versus the Jets. The Marlies meanwhile have a depleted lineup with six Marlies now on the Leafs, a seventh coming (Gardiner) and their top scorer (Aucoin) being claimed off waivers. This is a step in helping them repair the depth of...

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You get the sense the Leafs are starting to reach a seminal point of their season. They’re inching further into the second half of the short schedule, games are growing in importance, pressure is mounting, and they’re facing their first significant bout of adversity in the form of a three-game losing streak. It doesn't get much easier with the Penguins returning to town tonight. The Leafs' third period comeback to earn a point last Saturday in their eventual 5-4 shootout loss should give them some confidence headed into this one. They found an extra gear in the third and the...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Kevin Marshall from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Nicolas Deschamps. Marshall, 24, played in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears this season, registering a goal and four assists with 77 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating. Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, 41st overall in the 2007 draft, Marshall played in 10 games with the Flyers in 2011-12, putting up eight penalty minutes. Marshall will be assigned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Deschamps, 23, recorded seven goals, nine assists and 26 penalty minutes in 50 games with...

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Tickets: RSVP to future Leaf games for a chance to win 2 Leafs tickets! If three games comprise the beginning of a losing skid in the NHL, the Leafs look to avoid their first of the season with a win tonight in Winnipeg. The Buds fought for a hard-earned point against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but this is a particularly important game for the Leafs to continue their recommended habit of stopping losing skids before they start. The 9th-placed Jets are five points behind the Leafs with a game in hand. A win and the Leafs put themselves seven clear and...

Tyler Bozak

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I took in what felt like a one-point win last night at the ACC. I of little faith was thinking “blow out” after the bang-bang goals in the first, but there seems to be something different about this team (visible in the Bruins game as well). They didn’t slip silently into the night, and by the end of it you had the feeling Crosby, Malkin and co. snuck away, or limped away, with the extra point. I’ll ignore the awful first period from the Leafs - and how deeply underwater the first line was in its head to head with...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins

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In this shortened season it's never too early to talk about playoff implications. The Leafs currently sit 5th in the Eastern Conference while the Pens come into this game as the 2nd team in the East. In recent years, getting into the playoffs was virtually a lock for Pittsburgh. As we all know, the Leafs have struggled mightily. Given how things have played out so far, this season provides hope. This season can be different. However, even with the East being weaker than usual, the post season hopes are still just that – hopes. A victory against arguably the most...

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Tickets: Are you watching or going to tonight's Leafs game? RSVP here and be entered to win $200 in free tickets. We’re at the half way point and the Leafs are in great shape at 15-9-0, sitting in fifth in the East with 30 points. .500 hockey from here on in, while not the best way to enter the playoffs, gets the Leafs back to the post-season. The Leafs recent form, on paper, has also been dandy, with three wins on the trot. On one hand you’re happy with those final results, with the team finding different ways to win whether...

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Last night's 5-4 nail-biting win over the Sens further fanned the fires of the current "debate" on the role of fighting in the Leafs' mid-season success. In case you haven't seen it already, here's the video of the KO McLaren delivered on Dziurzynski.  It seems like McLaren only grazes him but given the speed at which these guys are throwing down, what's a chin to a flying fist (or sheet of ice). Kessel also came out with his second 3-point night of the season and generally looked to have given a 200 ft. effort, along with 5 SOG. Nazem Kadri meanwhile continues...

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The parallels between these two provincial rivals goes deeper than their matching point totals through 23 games. Both teams are getting good goaltending, sitting top 5 in team save percentage (Senators are 1st at 0.945), despite rotating goalies due to injury, inexperience on the backend and a lot of shots allowed (Leafs - 25th, Senators - 29th). Like the Leafs with Kostka, Holzer and Fraser, the Senators have been giving the inexperienced likes of Eric Gryba, Andre Benoit and Peter Wiercioch significant minutes and so far are hanging in the playoff picture with a goals against total in the...

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The weekend off gave the Conference a chance to begin catching up to the Leafs, who played 22 games in the first 40 days of the season. Sitting in sixth with 26 points, the Leafs are four points ahead of the 9th-placed Rangers, who still have two games in hand. Tonight's opponent, the 7th-placed Devils, are one point behind the Leafs with a game in hand, so the Leafs have a chance to hold back one of the teams breathing down their neck. This was a matchup you had marked down as a toughie a few weeks ago. It's less...

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Mike Brown has been traded to Edmonton for a conditional 2014 fourth round pick (could become a 3rd depending on if he shaves or retains his moustache) as the Leafs are anticipating a few injured bodies will soon return to active duty. Matt Frattin may make his return to the lineup tonight vs. the New Jersey Devils - he's labeled a game time decision - or a little later on this week. Alas, carrying McLaren, Orr and Brown on the 23-man active roster doesn't make a whole lot of sense given the Leafs are right at the limit and Nonis'...

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The Leafs are on Long Island tonight looking to bounce back after a dismal showing at home against the Habs less than 24 hours ago. Tonight is like most game nights in that I'd highly recommend the Leafs win, but it's especially the case given they're playing the Islanders and have New Jersey and Pittsburgh on tap after the upcoming three-day break. The big story as far as lineup changes go is the return of James Reimer, who banged up his knee 17 days ago. Tonight hopefully marks the beginning of a two- (healthy) Leafs goalie platoon where both 'tendies...

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Here we go. Randy Carlyle will dress all of Colton Orr, Mike Brown and Frazer McLaren for tonight's highly-anticipated rematch with the Canadiens. Typically, there isn't the carry over you expect in these type of bad-blood rematch games. Both teams focus on winning the game first. There's a possibility the Habs will be bitter enough about Colton Orr running Pleckanec and then one punching Rene Borque to the ice, and Grabovski's alleged bite on Pacioretty, that they'll show no hesitancy in taking a run at some of the Leafs skilled players. The Leafs are well prepared if the game goes that...

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The Leafs have so far been able to stop losing streaks before they start and look to do exactly that tonight with a bounce back win in Philadelphia. Saturday’s loss was a tough one. The Leafs were far from their best but really should’ve taken a point out of it after fighting back in the third, only to foul it up with seconds left in regulation. Randy Carlyle took on some of the blame for not taking a timeout, but that’s kind of a 20/20 hindsight explanation. If Scrivens holds onto the rebound, or if Gunnarsson or Kostka prevent the...