Sunday, April 26, 2015
Morning Mashup

Morning Mashup

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 Sunday Links Leafs Scoring Chance Tracking – Halfway point - MLHS Game Review: Game #43, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 2 - MLHS Game 42 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Blue Jackets 2 - MLHS Game in 12 – Leafs 5, Blue Jackets 2 - MLHS Peter Horachek – Blue Jackets Post-Game - MLHS Darryl Belfry – Macko and Cauz – Jan.9 - MLHS Brendan Shanahan Media Address – January 9 - MLHS Rumors II: Oilers, Hurricanes, Leafs, Kings, Coyotes and Avs - MyNhlTradeRumours Ferraro: Leafs need to surround Kessel with better talent - TSN Leafs’ Phil Kessel makes NHL all-star cut - TheStar Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: January - Sportsnet

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Last night was a good reality check for anybody expecting an instant turnaround with Randy Carlyle gone, but there were also a few positives. The Leafs appeared to carry a slight edge in play in all three periods, and the numbers agree – Toronto had a couple more shot attempts per period. Peter Horachek mentioned after the game that there have been some nights when the team has allowed 40+ shots and over 25 scoring chances; last night he had the team down for allowing only 12 scoring chances on 26 shots against. The effort was there, the Leafs just made...

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Congrats to Team Canada and the Leafs' Frederik Gauthier on winning the gold on home soil. https://twitter.com/APetrielli/status/552307491263234048 Tuesday Links: Anthony Petrielli: On building around Phil Kessel and more in the Leafs Notebook (MLHS) Bruce Arthur: Team Canada comes of age in world junior golden moment (The Star) Neate Sager: Canada outlasts Russia 5-4 for gold, ending five-year drought (Buzzing the Net) Neate Sager: For Slovakia, first bronze medal in 16 years brings indescribable feelings (Buzzing the Net) IIHF: William Nylander finishes up tied for 4th in 2015 WJC scoring (IIHF.com) James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs' core is fatally flawed (The Globe and Mail) Jeff Blair: Have the Maple Leafs...

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Another embarrassing game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which makes this countless games this season where you can say that. In World Juniors action, Sweden takes on Russia at 4pm, Canada takes on Slovakia at 8pm. Links Yet another Leaf jersey hits the ice in Winnipeg (CBC) Leafs Blown Out By Paul Maurice, Injured Jets 5-1 (PPP) Maple Leafs’ awful road trip ends in loss to Jets (Sportsnet) Leafs-Jets Postgame w/ Jim Tatti & Jeff O'Neill (TSN)

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The Bruins rivalry seems to bring the best out of the Leafs, from Randy Carlyle's coaching and matchup strategies to their amped-up physical play; the Leafs employ their speed game well against the Bruins (giving up another two-goal lead aside). Nice result to wrap up 2014 with a welcomed return to the lineup for Uncle Leo. Happy New Year's, MLHS. Thursday Links: Jonas Siegel: This could be it for the Leafs' core. And they know it (TSN) James Mirtle: 2014 -- An unforgettable year the Leafs would like to forget (The Globe and Mail) Jeff Simmons: Leafs' Lupul leaves Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury (Sportsnet) Jonas...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning - TAMPA, FL - APRIL 8

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The Leafs got lit up for six goals by a poor offensive team again last night, one of a few frustrating themes of their 2014-15 season so far. Conceding six to Florida comes on the heels of high-scoring losses to the Flyers, Hurricanes, Devils, and the Predators and Sabres back in November. And it’s not particularly surprising when you consider the Leafs haven’t outplayed anybody in quite some time. The Leafs dance on a knife’s edge and they’re always one average – not even bad – night from their goaltender away from giving up a whack of goals to any team...

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With the Christmas break in the rearview, a Sunday matinee versus the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida kicks off a furious five-games-in-7-days stretch for the Maple Leafs, all on the road. The Leafs had a hard time against the Panthers last season, losing three of four meetings. Good news on Komarov and more in the Leaf Links. Sunday Links: Ian Dudgeon: Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings - End of 2014 (MLHS) Rob Longley: Full practice for Leo Komarov (Toronto Sun) Jonas Siegel: Komarov practices in full but not yet cleared for contact (Twitter) George Richards: Florida Panthers suddenly rich at forward (Miami Herald) Ryan Dadoun: PHT's Top 14...

Steve Spott, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Enjoy your day, ladies and gentleman. Leafs prospects Gauthier and Nylander face different tests at world juniors Drafted players by country for the 2015 World Juniors Florida Panthers coming off hot streak ahead of matchup against Leafs Rumors II: Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Stars, Kings and Draisaitl David 'Shoaltsie' Shoalts: A Caledon man in the heart of Leafs Nation Nominations For Shaky Hunt Toronto Sports Media MSM Of The Year Moneyball for hockey: How Guelph's HockeyTech is changing the game

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From all of us here at MLHS, have a safe and happy holiday. Leafs Links: Anthony Petrielli: What Does the Future Hold for Jake Gardiner? (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Game 35 Scoring Chances: Leafs 4 vs. Stars 0 (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: New look duo (and Bernier) helps Leafs to victory in Big D (TSN) JP Nikota: Game Recap - Leafs Down  Stars 4-0 (PPP) MLHS: Randy Carlyle Post Game - Leafs 4 vs. Stars 0 (Video) Travis Yost: Maple Leafs in the abyss between contender and pretender (TSN) Michael Langlois: Maple Leafs head into break with a win over Dallas (VLM) Kevin McGran: Life on the road gives Leafs...

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Dallas is currently the worst defensive team in the NHL, averaging 3.38 goals against per game. The Leafs, still the league's highest scoring team, have a good opportunity tonight to bounce back after getting shutout in Chicago on Sunday. However, the Stars are surging (four in a row), and with the Leafs struggling defensively themselves, it's hard not to picture this going the way of a Texas shootout. https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/546856642999226369 Tuesday Links: David Johnson: Optimizing the Leafs Forward Lines (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: Leo Komarov won't be seen again until January at earliest (Twitter) Jonas Siegel: Carlyle's embracing analytics, Kessel's best year (TSN) TSN1050: Steve Spott on Kessel, Leafs' challenges playing...

Jake Gardiner

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The Philadelphia Flyers are in town to take on the Maple Leafs, in what will be the last of a long home stand for the Leafs, who are vacating the ACC for the World Junior Championships. Leaf Links Nazem Kadri: Is he a 1C? - Domenic Galamini Leafs' Dion Phaneuf quietly putting together strong season: DiManno Star Leafs' Gardiner may be odd man out vs Flyers Sportsnet 'Very erratic': Leafs' Carlyle on Gardiner's play Sun Long road ahead for Maple Leafs Sun Carter Ashton joins Marlies on conditioning stint Sun Maple Leafs patient with William Nylander Sun Leafs' Gardiner still under construction Sun Mason injured at Flyers practice The Mercury

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The Leafs and Marlies are hoping Brandon Kozun will have cleared waivers by noon; the Leafs are in Carolina looking to extend their win streak to seven, a game they should win but could be a trap after some big wins over good teams; Roman Polak is expected to make his return to the lineup, with Korbinian Holzer likely going to the press box for the time being. Thursday Links: Mike Johnston: Brandon Kozun on waivers as Polak set to be activated off IR (Sportsnet) Jonas Siegel: The heavy workload of Toronto's no. 1 is suiting Jonathan Bernier just fine (TSN) James Mirtle: The five ways...

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Toronto ends their home heavy schedule this Saturday (to make way for the World Juniors at the ACC) and begins a 7 game road trip starting Sunday vs the Chicago Blackhawks. The red-hot Anaheim Ducks are in town tonight to take on the red-hot Maple Leafs, in what could be a great matchup. Much has been made about the Maple Leafs possession woes this season. While being abhorrent last year, they are making ground on becoming a better possession team through better personnel and, most importantly, through better systemic process and tactics.  During a Saturday morning chat, Mike Babcock was asked about the...

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Monday Links: Audio: Dave Nonis on Leafs Lunch, Dave Nonis with Jeff Blair (TSN, Sportsnet) Anthony Petrielli: Why the first line needs to be broken up, Kadri’s nice season & more (MLHS) David Johnson: JVR, PDO, and the Leafs Defence (MLHS) Evan Dorey: Game #30 Scoring Chances: Leafs 4 vs. Kings 3 (MLHS) Jonas Siegel: Leafs cap whirlwind month by defeating Cup champs (TSN) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs benefitting from the evolution of Nazem Kadri (National Post) Thomas Drance: Maple Leafs' William Nylander guilty of water bottle cruelty (The Score) Kyle Cicerella: Leaf prospect Connor Brown playing above his rookie status (Kyle The Reporter) Michael Langlois: On a...

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Friday links... MLHS Leaf Links Kyle Dubas with Jeff Blair Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO) Game 28 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 2 vs. Red Wings 1 (SO) Game Review: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Calgary Flames 1 Game 27 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flames 1 Leafs Notebook – December 8 Leafs Links Maple Leafs likely to miss playoffs, hockey analytics suggest - The Star Mirtle: Reimer should get chance to help the Leafs – or someone else - Mirtle, G&M Mirtle: Dubas stresses Leafs need to focus on ‘process,’ not points 26 - Mirtle, G&M Dreger: Leafs still...

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Tuesday Morning Links: Anthony Petrielli: Shanahan took flack in the summer, but not selling low and finding bargain UFAs is a good start + Leafs Notebook (MLHS) Pierre LeBrun: Cap projected somewhere between $72 and 74 million for next season (ESPN) Lance Hornby: Leafs prepare for Burkie bowl vs Calgary Flames (Canoe) Jonas Siegel and Mark Masters: Leafs Week touches on Kessel's health, Bernier as number 1, much more (TSN) Stephen Whyno: Las Vegas given green light by NHL to gauge expansion interest (Globe & Mail) James Mirtle: Most Canadian NHL teams surprising with good seasons (Globe & Mail) Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov still experiencing headaches after hard hit from...

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Couple of good tests coming up this week for the Leafs: First, the hard-working upstart Calgary Flames come to town on Tuesday before a divisional home and home with the surging Detroit Red Wings (8-2 in last 10) on Wednesday and Saturday. Monday Morning Links: Kyle Cicerella: Marlies experimenting with Tyler Biggs at center (Kyle The Reporter) ICYMI: Leafs have made some changes to their player development department (David Alter) Jonas Siegel: Bernier gets groove back as Leafs storm past Vancouver (TSN) Bar Down: Phaneuf and Kessel rematch in ping pong (TSN) Michael Traikos: Phil Kessel may have image of laziness, but he's made of iron...

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Leo update: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/540197457456799745 Get your Wednesday night links: Game Review: Game #24, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Dallas Stars 3 Review, shot location chart, possession chart, Maple Leaf player notes and boxscore Game in 12: Leafs 5, Stars 3 Game minute compressed Leafs/Stars "Game in 12" Game 24 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3 Evan Dorey with Leafs/Stars scoring chances (and cumulative scoring chances on the season) Randy Carlyle Post Game: Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3 Randy talkin' hockey. Peter Horachek – Sportsnet 590 Horachek talking about the process of transforming the Leafs into a defensively minded club. Leafs Notebook – December 2 Anthony Petrielli with his weekly Leafs Notebook talking Franson and...

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Tuesday Links: Stephen Burtch: Playing hardball with Franson will cost Leafs (Sportsnet) Rob Longley: Frederik Gauthier invited to Team Canada selection camp (Toronto Sun) Micheal Traikos: Assistant coach Steve Spott having positive influence on David Clarkson (National Post) Ed Dermit: Maple Leafs have small but promising group of prospects at the junior level (Hockey's Future) Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov a question mark for game versus Stars (National Post) Lance Hornby: 'Tell everyone I'm fine,' Komarov misses practice (Toronto Sun) Mark Zwolinski: Trevor Smith making decision tough on Maple Leafs (Toronto Star) Draglikepull: How many points will Tyler Bozak score this season? (Pension Plan Puppets) Michael Langlois: Maple Leafs...

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Friday Links: The Pens Blog: Diary of a drunk Leafs fan: Follow the emotions of sitting next to a Leafs fan MapleLeafs.com: Super intense kid grills Lupul about his relationship status (Video) James Mirtle: Maple Leafs get their quarter-season report cards (The Globe and Mail) Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs struggle with the man advantage but thrive with the man down (National Post) Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs rally for 'moral' victory in Pittsburgh (TSN) Dom Luszczyszyn: Maple Leafs point projections: Playoffs? (The Leafs Nation) Michael Langlois: A few more memories of Pat Quinn (Vintage Leaf Memories)