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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Mike Babcock under the microscope after Game 2 adjustments

After Game 1, we touched on the Leafs’ poor bench management after the team missed challenging a goal that was offside, put their fourth...
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Leafs Playoff Notebook: Special Teams Swing Game 1

Game 1 will be remembered for the Nazem Kadri hit, and the score will show that it was a blowout, but the real story...
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Leafs Notebook – Playoff Preparation, Fourth Line Decisions, D-Zone Draw Set Plays – April...

It’s an extended notes edition of the Leafs Notebook this week. Let’s get right to it! Notes -  I was playing with some leading/trailing stats looking...
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Leafs Notebook – The Bruins vs. Lightning Question; Andreas Johnsson’s first NHL stint; Preparing...

For at least a month – probably longer – we’ve known the Toronto Maple Leafs are making the playoffs and will finish third in...
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Leafs Notebook – Franchise records within reach; Marner, Kadri and JVR red hot; Power-play...

With an awkward division format in place and the team still on the rise, it has been pretty easy to lose sight of the...

Leafs Notebook – On line balance, measuring Nikita Zaitsev’s impact, scheduling madness – ...

Since signing a seven-year deal last summer, Nikita Zaitsev has been one of the most polarizing players on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster. This season,...
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Leafs Notebook – Playoff brackets, Nikita Zaitsev’s play, Tomas Plekanec’s arrival – March 5

In the 2003-04 season, the NBA reorganized the league into a six-division alignment wherein the top seed in each division automatically received a top-three...

Leafs Notebook, Trade Deadline Edition – On Ryan McDonagh, Luke Glendening, Pat Maroon, and...

Happy trade deadline day eve, everyone! There’s a lot to unpack as the deadline approaches, so let's get right to it. Clearing Contracts Over the past couple...

Leafs Notebook – What should the Toronto Maple Leafs do with James van Riemsdyk?...

At the intermission of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, the panel had a few interesting notes regarding the trade deadline and the...

Leafs Notebook – Observations at the All-Star Break, Early returns on lineup changes, Jake...

With All-Star weekend complete, the start of the stretch drive now begins. The trade deadline is under a month away. From there, it’s a...
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Leafs Notebook – Depth line issues, Travis Dermott settling in, Power Play struggles –...

Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs stormed into the playoff scene with a historic rookie class leading their high-flying offense. The team has looked and...
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Leafs Notebook – Buy, Sell or Hold at the Trade Deadline? – January 16

The season is over halfway complete, the bye week is about to end, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are firmly a playoff team at...

Leafs Notebook – Auston Matthews’ ice time, breakout struggles, Travis Dermott’s debut – January...

Since he broke into the league in 2016-17, Auston Matthews is tied for second in goals for with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin despite...

Leafs Notebook – New Year’s Resolutions – January 2

With the NHL season about halfway done and 2018 now upon us, it's time for some New Year’s Resolutions, Toronto Maple Leafs edition. Before we...

Leafs Notebook – First bout of adversity & the numbers and video behind why...

For the first time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are facing some real adversity. They are 5-5-0 in their last ten, are currently...
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Leafs Notebook – William Nylander at center, power play struggles, shots against – December...

It's an extended notes edition of Leafs Notebook this week. Seems fitting to do it during a week in which the Leafs don’t play...
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Leafs Notebook – Mike Babcock’s line shuffles & an adjustment for the power play...

One of the constants throughout the 2016-17 season was Mike Babcock's line combinations. At one point in the middle of the campaign, he noted that,...
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Leafs Notebook – Taking stock at the quarter pole, line shuffles & breakouts –...

“You’re never as good as you think you are when you win, and you’re never as bad as you feel when you lose.” The Toronto...

Leafs Notebook – The Nikita Zaitsev contract, Morgan Rielly’s hot start & recent adjustments...

This past Spring, before he became a restricted free agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal. The $4.5...
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Leafs Notebook – Adjustments needed after 2-6 stretch – November 6

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t the first team to eat some humble pie on a west coast road trip, nor will they be the...

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