The Maple Leafs are going to have to manage the puck more effectively through neutral ice and find an answer for the Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen (who may not play... game time decision after getting injured last night) line or else it could be four points dropped to a division rival in 48 hours.
The Wings' top line scored all four goals on the Maple Leafs last night, with Justin Abdelkader getting in on the action in the third after taking Franzen's spot on the top line. Zetterberg walked away with four assists on the night. The...
Game 5 Scoring Chances: DET 4 vs. TOR 1 (MLHS)
Game Review: Game #5, Red Wings 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1 (MLHS)
Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 4 vs. Leafs 1 (MLHS)
Maple Leafs' Dave Nonis at Oilers game, fuels trade speculation (The Score)
Leafs revert to troubling ways as Zetterberg dominates (Siegel)
Dion Phaneuf disapproves of fans throwing jerseys (Sportsnet)
Leafs almost dealt Franson for his next-door neighbour (Sportsnet)
Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul insists he's not injury prone (National Post)
Joe Bowen fan? Sign this petition to get him back on TV (Change.org)
Leo Komarov providing spark for Maple Leafs (TSN)
Game recap from enemy territory: Domination (Winging it...
After getting a little momentum, winning two straight games and winning the chance count against Colorado, the Maple Leafs had a disappointing return to form on the first night of a back to back versus Detroit.
After an uneventful first half of the opening period, Detroit took over. Toronto responded well in the second, and despite allowing another goal, were the better team in terms of scoring chances for the first two-thirds of the period. However, in the next 20 minutes, stretching over the period break, Detroit outchanced them 10-2 at ES, opening up a bigger lead and crushing the Leafs' hopes...
Not a good first half of a back to back for the Maple Leafs, to put it lightly.
Credit where it's due, this was a well played/coached game by the Red Wings. Mike Babcock's team effectively clamped down on the neutral zone, causing turnovers and giving the Leafs’ top guns nothing off the rush (line #1 for its part packed up its bags nice and early).
The start was okay from the Leafs. They were about even with the Wings in shots and in the possession battle over the first 10 minutes, were exiting their own zone fairly well and showing a decent amount...
The Maple Leafs are looking to get on the right side of .500 in their first 2014-15 meeting with division rival Detroit.
The Maple Leafs are coming off their best 'possession' performance in over 25 games on Tuesday, but did so against the reeling and typically puck-poor Colorado Avalanche. How will they fare against a more respectable possession team in a divisional back-to-back this weekend? The Leafs were decidedly outplayed by the Wings last season in losing three of four to Detroit outside of their shootout Winter Classic win.
There will be no Pavel Datsyuk for Detroit, and there will be a Jake Gardiner for...
Quick hits: Lupul in, Gardiner in (Robidas out), Reimer starts. Pavel Datsyuk will not play either game vs the Leafs. Good news all around.
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?
Wings try to get back on winning track against Leafs (Foxsports)
Musing about Mike Babcock as Leafs coach, and Friday's mailbag (TheStar)
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:
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...
A William Nylander update, from his first game for MoDo:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Reimer returns to ice day after leaving Leafs' win early
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...
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...