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Zone Starts: Randy Carlyle vs. Peter Horachek

Under Randy Carlyle, the Maple Leafs were a test case as to whether a team can win despite being dramatically out shot largely through controlling...

Leafs Notebook – February 3

Since the hiring of Peter Horachek, the Maple Leafs have reduced their shots against, but have been ice cold offensively. Horachek has begun implementing a...
Dion Phaneuf

Will NHL Teams Start Using NBA Cap Relief Ideas?

More than ever before, NHL management involves getting out of bad contracts. Always better to move a contract a year early, than a year late. When...
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Leafs Notebook – January 22

The evaluation period might not be over, but the reality has hit Leafs Nation.This team is not very good, and it needs a face...

Corsi, Shooting Percentage & The Carlyle Era

The other day, over at my hockey analytics blog, I wrote an article on the relationship between Possession/Corsi (CF%) and Shooting Percentage (Sh%) in 5v5...
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Leafs Notebook – January 13

When Peter Horacek was hired in the summer, it was a reasonably safe bet that at some point the man who served as interim...

Leafs Scoring Chance Tracking – Halfway point

I originally intended this to be a look back after 41 games, but recent events made it much more sensible to use 40 games...

Randy Carlyle Firing: What Changes Moving Forward?

Randy Carlyle’s inevitable firing brought about as crazy a day in Leafs land as any in recent memory.Phil Kessel and Dave Feschuk arguing, with...

The Randy Carlyle era is over

The only real surprise is that he made it all the way to 2015. The same fundamental flaws haunted this Leaf roster despite a fleeting...

Leafs Notebook – January 5

With the NFL playoffs currently unfolding, the storylines in football circles revolve around the usual topics—Can Peyton Manning win another Superbowl, can Tom Brady get a...

Leafs Notebook – December 29

For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Maple Leafs won 20 games before the official NHL winter break. But, in the eight...

Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings – End of 2014

Introducing the MLHS Maple Leafs top 30 prospect rankings, complete with player-by-player scouting reports. These rankings are based on a combination of the overall talent...

What Does the Future Hold for Jake Gardiner?

And what should the Leafs do with the polarizing young defenceman? The answer isn't an instantly-gratifying one: Continue to be patient. There is currently no bigger...

Optimizing the Leafs Forward Lines

The last three games have really highlighted the Leafs defensive woes, but the problem has been an ongoing one and a significant portion of the...

Nazem Kadri: Is He First Line Material?

Nazem Kadri has faced enormous expectations ever since his name was called by then-Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke at the 2009 NHL entry...

Game 32 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs Maple Leafs 1

The opening period of tonight's game was similar to the Leafs' last road outing against Detroit. The difference was that the Hurricanes were able...

Game 31 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Ducks 2

While the score line was different, there was a lot similar between the Leafs' back-to-back wins against the teams from Southern California. Much like Sunday, the...

Leafs Notebook – December 15th

With a minute left in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings, a familiar sight for Toronto Maple Leaf fans was taking place...

JVR, PDO and the Leafs Defense

I didn't have any particular topic I wanted to write about this week, so yesterday morning I asked my twitter followers what they wanted me...

Game 30 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Kings 3 (SO)

Through the first half of this game, the Leafs looked in great shape, especially given it was the second half of a back-to-back; they...