Playoff Preview: Round One

Steve Dangle
April 15 2014 07:16PM

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It's the eve of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs! 

Who are the combatants in Round One and who will come out on top?

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Florida Panthers Win the Draft Lottery, Leafs to Pick Eighth Overall

Justin Fisher
April 15 2014 06:25PM


As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs will pick 8th in the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft, set to take place on June 27th and 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Florida Panthers will pick first overall, winning the lottery with an 18.8%. Sorry Buffalo.

Picking 8th, it's pretty certain that the Leafs won't have a shot the likes of Kootenay's Sam Reinhart, Kingston's Sam Bennett, or Barrie's Aaron Ekblad. Realistically, they're probably too far back to get one of Oshawa's Michael Dal Colle or Prince Albert's Leon Draisaitl as well.

That being said, this isn't a half-bad draft. While there isn't a Nathan MacKinnon, John Tavares, or Steven Stamkos available this time around, there's about a half-a-round of solid prospects. The Leafs should be able to draft one of them, assuming they don't go off the board.

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End Of A Slow Bleed

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 15 2014 06:18PM

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A couple months back, when the shots against situation looked dire for the Toronto Maple Leafs, I wrote an article on here titled "How Bad Is The Bleeding?". Well, the season is over, and we don't have to pace the Leafs out anymore. They've given up 2945 shots this season. Here's how that stacks up compared to the last 26 years (earliest full season data available) of the National Hockey League.

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EA Sports NHL 14 Playoff Emulator

Steve Dangle
April 15 2014 08:00AM

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Tuukka Rask winning a Stanley Cup as a starting goaltender probably won't annoy Leafs fans, will it?

EA Sports and NHL 14 have completed their annual playoff emulator! They take the current playoff tree, match all the teams who are facing each other with their updated rosters, and see who the game predicts will win the Stanley Cup.

In the email I got from EA Sports they gave me highlights from each round, including who won each series and how long it took!

Here are this year's results...

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Lessons Learned?

Ryan Fancey
April 15 2014 05:20AM

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I haven't had much to say about the Leafs' recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan as the team's president and "alternate governor", since it's tough to have an opinion on a guy who hasn't run an NHL club in any capacity in the past. However, after Monday's press conference, where the new boss was introduced to fans and media, the interviews have been non-stop from both "Shanny" and the man who hired him, MLSE president Tim Leiweke. 

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