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Ian Tulloch

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Ian Tulloch is a contributor for Maple Leafs Hot Stove whose main focus is on bridging the gap between the eye test and analytics.
Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Report Cards: Michael Bunting scores his first as a Leaf in bounce-back win...

Hockey Night In Canada is officially back, baby! We've obviously had some Saturday night Leafs games over the past 16 months, but something just feels different...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

Leafs Report Cards: Spezza provides a spark but the comeback falls short in Ottawa

Well, that was certainly a hockey game. I'm still trying to process what on earth I just watched. Let's walk through it period by period...
Pierre Engvall, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Report Cards: Engvall and Nylander lead the way offensively, new checking line makes...

We're officially back! How great did it feel to hear a packed Scotiabank Arena again? Sure, it was just Game 1 of the regular season for...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators, preseason, William Nylander

Leafs Report Cards: Toronto loses Mikheyev to injury in dominant win over Senators to...

Onto the regular season, folks! In Toronto's last preseason game of 2021, they did us all a favour and iced a lineup consisting of 20...
Nick Ritchie, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Report Cards: Nick Ritchie makes his mark on preseason, Toronto’s power play shows...

Call me crazy, but I'm having fun with some of these games. I know how hard it's going to be to convince the average Leafs...
Pierre Engvall, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Report Cards: Rasmus Sandin and Pierre Engvall share the game puck as ‘B’...

Let's see what we can take out of this one. I doubt you'll be telling your future grandkids about this game, but hey, it's the...
Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Review: Michael Bunting nets hat trick as Maple Leafs’ new forward additions impress...

Some of these guys look pretty good! Only three games into the preseason, it's already tough not to get excited about a few of these...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens preseason

Game Review: Kase and Kampf make strong preseason debuts in Maple Leafs’ special teams-laden...

Anyone else miss Leafs hockey as much as I did? I'm well aware that it's the preseason following yet another disappointing Round 1 exit in...
Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Review: Bunting & Ho-Sang make positive impressions, Nylander, Muzzin & Tavares lead the...

Who's ready for some Leafs preseason hockey!? The honest answer might be: not too many people. Heck, it's going to be hard trying to convince myself...
Toronto Maple Leafs lose Game 7 to the Montreal Canadiens, Mitch Marner & Auston Matthews

Game 7 Analysis: Where on Earth does this team go from here?

After watching the Maple Leafs fail to start Game 6 with any semblance of intensity the other night, I'm not sure why we should...
Leafs lose Game 6, Montreal Canadiens

Game 6 Analysis: Here we go again…

My goal is always to remain objective with these postgame evaluations, but there's something about the emotional aspect of last night that got to...
Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Game 5 Analysis: Killer turnovers, William Nylander’s ice time, and lineup decisions ahead of...

That's what happens when you turn the puck over. The more I got into hockey analytics, the more I tended to value some of the...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 4 win, Jason Spezza & Alex Galchenyuk

Game 4 Analysis: The Leafs’ cycle dominance, PK excellence, and second-period superiority are tipping...

Redemption game for the reclamation project against his former team After failing to register a single shot attempt in his previous two games, Alex Galchenyuk...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3

Game 3 Analysis: Alex Kerfoot steps up at 2C, breaking down both teams’ power...

Well, that wasn't stressful at all! After dominating the run of play for two periods, the Toronto Maple Leafs decided to make things interesting for...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game 2 Analysis: Power play roars to life, Engvall-Kerfoot-Mikheyev line outstanding in Maple Leafs’...

The Leafs finally fixed their power play! You could argue it looked pretty good in Game 1 apart from the shorthanded goal, but the floodgates...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens, game 1

Game 1 Analysis: After the man advantage falters and Montreal’s rush offense comes to...

Cursed game, cursed team. There's nothing I enjoy more than breaking down the nuances of Maple Leafs hockey, especially now that they're in a big...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets, Jack Campbell

Leafs Report Cards: Toronto gets through regular-season finale unscathed in loss to Jets

It's over. It's finally over. I'm not going to lie, it's been quite difficult for me trying to take meaningful notes on meaningless games lately....
Frederik Andersen, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

Leafs Report Cards: Top power-play unit continues to struggle in overtime loss to Ottawa

We're almost there, folks. It's becoming tougher and tougher to derive meaning out of these meaningless regular-season games as the season winds down here, but we'll...
Pierre Engvall, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Report Cards: The Swedes spark the comeback as the Leafs clinch the North...

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't appear to be too engaged to start things off in this game. As good teams are able to do, they...
John Tavares, Alex Galchenyuk, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Leafs Report Cards: Auston Matthews notches 40th, Toronto one point away from clinching North...

Scoring chances galore in a dominant win for Toronto I'm a big fan of using "scoring chances" to measure how well a team played. These...

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