Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

David Clarkson

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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...

Randy Carlyle

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What is going on with the line-up tonight, is tough to say: https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/527120782212997120 https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/527120778501062656 https://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/527116598449278976 Just another day in Leafs land. And of course Bernier Starts tonight. Links Carlyle is not all to blame, and 30 Thoughts Sportsnet Gus Breaking Down the Leafs PP McKeens Mirtle Wonders What the Plan is Here  - G&M Gunnarsson is making his Blues debut tonight STL Today Leafs Notebook - Oct. 28th MLHS Jake Gardiner does need to play tougher The Score Leafs Lack Self-Awareness Sun/Simmons How Repeatable are One Goal Wins Year-to-Year? PPP

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Monday Links: Siegel: Maple Leafs hold players only meeting after another embarrassing home loss We're eight games into the new season, but in many ways it's like 2013-14 Leaf hockey never left. The Guardian: Billy Beane’s five lessons for success 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...

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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...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins

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MLHS Game 7 Scoring Chances: TOR 5 vs. NYI 2 Game Review: Game #7, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. New York Islanders 2 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 5 vs. Islanders 2 Mark Hunter – Leafs Lunch – Oct. 21st Maple Leafs Prospect Update: October 20th, 2014 Steve Spott – Leafs Lunch – Oct.20th Leafs Notebook – October 20 Game 6 Scoring Chances: DET 1 vs. TOR 0 Leafs Links NHL Takes A Step Forward With Voynov Suspension (PPP) NHL's Fiercest rivals: It's the best kind of hockey (Sportsnet) The Maple Leafs: some good signs or an early season funk? (Vintage Leaf Memories) Toronto Maple Leafs can’t just count on Phil Kessel:...

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It was one of the bigger question marks entering the new Leafs season: Who is going to shut down the opposition's top lines? So far there has been no viable answer. Zetterberg and his line ripped the Leafs apart in the back to back over the weekend. Crosby's line had its way with the Leafs the Saturday before last. Rick Nash was able to pot one before leaving the game to attend the birth of his baby the following Sunday. Six games in, the Leafs sit bottom 10 with a 3.17 goals against per game. https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/524244193548713985 Line 3 has been the Leafs' best possession line by the...

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With back to back losses to the Detroit Red Wings in the rear view, the Toronto Maple Leafs now look ahead to facing the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Things won't get any easier —Toronto is taking on a Islander team that is on fire and appears to be the real deal with a 0.800 win percentage. Trying to take positives from a team that's coming off of back-to-back losses to the Wings, the Maple Leafs haven't held a team goalless in regulation in almost a full calendar year (Oct. 29th - 4-0 win vs Edmonton). You can see in fits and starts that the Leafs...

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Leafs Links 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...

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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...

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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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...

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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*EXCITED SQUEAL* Wednesday Links: MLHS: Which Leaf forwards contribute their fair share of offense? MLHS: Viktor Loov staying in Toronto; Brandon Pridham's cap manoeuvring  Bruce Arthur: Shanahan rejoins rush as Maple Leafs faceoff Lance Hornby: Your 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs Kevin McGran: Clarkson, Percy get time on the powerplay in Leafs season opener Jonas Siegel: Lupul atop the Leafs' list of bounce-back candidates PPP: Phil Kessel doesn't care about your opinion, he's perfect in Toronto Steve Dangle: Hockey Eve -- A 2014-15 Season Preview Kevin McGran: Four to Watch -- Clarkson, Kadri, Phaneuf, Reimer Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs recall emotional NHL initiations Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs trying something new this season Morgan Campbell:...

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Some news in off the wire... https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/518458770616496128 .. and onto some links MLHS Game Review: Preseason Game #9, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Red Wings 1 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Maple Leafs 5 vs. Red Wings 1 Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050 Stéphane Robidas – October 2, 2014 Brandon Kozun – October 2, 2014 Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II Leafs Links Toronto Maple Leafs preview: Fifth in Atlantic USA Today Kozun makes final cuts tougher for Leafs’ brass G&M Kessel leaves practice early after missing Leafs' final exhibition with lower-body injury TSN Stephane Robidas: The wildcard of the Leafs season G&M Unlikely Predictions: Eastern Conference - Sportsnet Dion Phaneuf reaches his moment of truth - McLeans Kozun shines as Maple Leafs throttle Red Wings -...

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Thursday Links... MLHS Dion Phaneuf – Leading vs Trailing Part II What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Proteau: The Leafs defense won't be a complete disaster - TSN Leafs enjoy team building up north with paintball battle - Star Mirtle: Fighters or finishers? Leafs have one more week to choose their path - G&M Maple Leafs'...

Carter Ashton

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In Elliot Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday, he mentions that the Maple Leafs have been shopping Carter Ashton to see if they can get a pick rather than lose him for free on the waiver wire. Like Vancouver with Markstrom, Toronto has asked around about Carter Ashton, trying to see if they can get a pick instead of going though the waiver route. Ostensibly, this is because they are keeping Colton Orr and/or Fraser McLaren on the roster. This closely mirrors what happened last season, whereby Joe Colborne had a lacklustre camp and he was sent to Calgary for a 4th round pick. The...

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Morning Links.... MLHS What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Maple Leafs must wait for turnaround, Canadiens mix it up: Previewing Canada’s teams in the East Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs injuries could help Stuart Percy’s chances of making the NHL Tragically...