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Since the 2014-2015 season began, I have been tracking my own internal metrics on Leafs games. I thought I’d take the time to explain what it is I’m keeping record of and what I am hoping to accomplish by doing so. If you do not care and just want to read notes, quotes and ‘5 Things I think I’d Do,’ just scroll down and skip this part; otherwise, read on to learn more about what we are doing here at MLHS to take things (hopefully) to the next level. Corey Sznajder’s zone entry and exit work was released over the summer,...

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The Maple Leafs were faced with a unique opportunity to keep their top prospect in Toronto playing in the AHL, yet they elected to send him back to Sweden instead. Since 2005, 14 players drafted in the top 10 have played their draft season across the pond somewhere in Europe or Russia. There is no exact science to developing prospects and every individual person is, of course, unique. That said, odds are that some AHL time will occur, even if only for a handful of games before graduating to the NHL, provided Nylander becomes the player they hope he can be. Nylander...
Jake Gardiner

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In my last post, I looked at which Maple Leaf players are producing their fair share of the offense. In the comments to that post, a few readers wanted me to take a look at the players defensively to see who is performing up to par in that aspect of the game. Today, I'll look at the defensive side of the game in conjunction with their offensive performance. It may be worth while to go back and read it now if you haven't yet read the previous article, but I'll remind you of the process below:  If you are not yet aware,...

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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....

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Phil Kessel hasn't played a game against the Boston Bruins without Big Z starting the majority of shifts against him or hopping the boards shortly thereafter. The Maple Leafs will look to capitalize and get the season series started off with a win against the underperforming Boston Bruins (4-5-0).  While it still doesn't feel as though the Maple Leafs have bucked the Bruin off their back after losing eight of nine regular season meetings followed by the traumatizing 2013 playoff loss, they did manage to split the season series in 2013-14. The Bruins remain a top 5 possession team at even strength, but Tuukka Rask hasn't been...
Peter Horachek

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Peter Horachek with Greg Brady

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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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The scoreline and result from Tuesday night's game was very similar to the Leafs trip to New York earlier in the season, as they exploded with four goals in the second period, and held on for the win. However, in this game, Toronto were much more convincing in terms of even strength chances, as they dominated that second period to earn their comfortable lead. The third period was a little concerning; you'd expect the Islanders to dominate the chances, given the score, but you'd hope the Leafs would be able to do better on the defensive end. Still, this was...

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Stay safe to all of our Ottawa readers and our thoughts go out to the victims' families.   From the NHL: The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday. The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date. The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa. From the Maple Leafs: “The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family...
Phil-Kessel

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Sometimes all it takes is the right bounce. The Leafs were off to a drowsy start and fell behind 1-0 before the first line got a fortuitous bounce off the boards that fell perfectly to Kessel, who dropped to JvR for his 3rd of the season. The Leafs would fall behind again after a series of penalties -- two by Lupul, one costly after a bad bounce landed on the wrong stick for Tavares’ 2-1 goal -- but it was quickly apparent that the first goal was a lift that went straight to the first line’s legs. Toronto was also a little hard...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 5-2 win against the Islanders on Tuesday night.