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Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Boston Bruins in Game 5

Playoff Notebook: Leafs push the Bruins to the brink with near-perfect Game 5 road...

After Game 4, I think the formula was pretty simple for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as I wrote heading into Game 5: “They can’t start...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins, John Tavares

Playoff Notebook: Reflections on Game 4 and adjustments for Game 5

Heading into Game 4, there was a lot of discussion surrounding how hard the Boston Bruins were going to come out and the Toronto...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Playoff Notebook: The Leafs have found a winning formula versus Boston — can they...

After all of the silliness that transpired in Game 2, the Toronto Maple Leafs came back home and focused on what mattered most in...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins, NHL Playoffs Game 2

Playoff Notebook: Lessons from Game 2 & the adjustments needed as the series heads...

Well, if you thought this was going to be easy, lesson learned. The Bruins were tied for the second most points in the league and...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins, Game 1

Playoff Notebook: Toronto Maple Leafs get off to dream start to Round 1

First test passed. Heading into the series, we discussed how it would be a primarily 5v5 series (there were three total penalties in the game)...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Leafs Notebook: Leafs vs. Bruins Preview, Notes, Matchups & X-Factors

At the beginning of the season, deep down, I think we always knew we were destined for another Toronto Maple Leafs – Boston Bruins...
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Leafs Notebook: On a middling March and an important final week of the regular...

A big trade for Jake Muzzin set the stage for the Toronto Maple Leafs to ice a reasonable defense. They finally had all of...
Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri

Leafs Notebook: On slow starts, Nazem Kadri’s production, the final seven games

The worst period for the Toronto Maple Leafs, by far, is the first period. It’s really as simple as looking at the goal differential: In their...
Toronto Maple Leafs' bench

Leafs Notebook: Lessons from the Tampa game & the Leafs’ record against good teams

Against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, John Tavares scored a beautiful goal. On a bad line change by the Oilers, Nikita Zaitsev made a...
Trevor Moore of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: The middling penalty kill, Trevor Moore’s instant impact, Re-uniting Matthews-Nylander

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the midst of another strong campaign, currently on track to finish top five in the standings and generally...
Jake Muzzin of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Jake Muzzin’s ice time, trade deadline wrap up, injury bug strikes

Trade deadline day came and went with the Toronto Maple Leafs making one small move that has some minor implications. We will get into those...
Jake Muzzin of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Line shuffling, Jake Muzzin’s immediate impact, Is Patrick Maroon a fit?

Let’s rewind to a year ago. On the day after the Superbowl last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked at the standings and found themselves...
New Toronto Maple Leaf Jake Muzzin

Jake Muzzin: The Player, The Trade Value, and The Fit

Well, one day after writing about the Toronto Maple Leafs' need on defense, they went out and actually acquired a legitimately good defenseman in...
Toronto Maple Leafs' Igor Ozhiganov, Morgan Rielly

Leafs Notebook: Evaluating team needs, state of the defense at the All-Star Break

The NHL All-Star weekend is officially over, there are roughly 30 games left for each team, and the NHL trade deadline is under a...
Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Babcock

Leafs Notebook: Fully-loaded lineup yet to find its groove

First, we start off with some… basketball. Two summers ago in the NBA, the Boston Celtics made waves with a blockbuster summer, trading for star...
Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook: Should Mitch Marner’s contract match Auston Matthews’?

After the William Nylander contract was signed, fans barely had time to breathe before the Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner contract talk sparked up. GM...

Leafs Notebook: On matchups, Auston Matthews’ recent play, and other thoughts at the turn...

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday and maybe even got to catch up on some rest and relaxation. The Toronto...
toronto maple leafs vs. new jersey devils, john tavares and ron hainsey

Leafs Notebook: A Christmas Wish List

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the rink Not a creature was stirring, not even a Nylander contract stink With the holiday season upon...
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas

Leafs Notebook: What do Kyle Dubas’ past teams tell us about his view on...

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the top-five teams in the league so far this season, currently sitting tied for second in...
Toronto Maple Leafs' bench

Leafs Notebook: Line combo experimentation, Nylander’s return to action, Marlies’ struggles

When it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs forward group, the combinations have been anything but stable so far this season. Auston Matthews has missed...

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