October 22 2014 08:33AM
The top competition; who plays against them? That’s been the
question that materialized after Zetterberg ran over the Leafs on the weekend.
The Leafs did better at controlling John Tavares on Tuesday night. While he did
score, it was on the powerplay and holding him to just 3 shots in the game is
somewhat of a victory.
Alas, if only there was a community of people who follow the Leafs religiously who could connect the dots and determine the best way of handling other teams top players.
October 21 2014 11:22AM
Tonight we have a matchup between two teams who have long been basement dwellers in the league. One of the two teams has been drafting well and was finally ready to make significant moves to push for a playoff spot this season, the other is the Leafs.
We also get our first look at Nikolai Kulemin as the opposition tonight (unfortunately without his loveably crazy BFF), and we can assume he wants to remind Carlyle and Nonis that they shouldn’t have let him go.
October 17 2014 11:43AM
Is there anything more exciting than a two game win streak? Apparently a three game win streak is a possibility. The last time the Leafs had one of these was on March 10th last season. Following that win the Leafs picked up just six points in the next fifteen games. Memories.
Tonight the Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings to kick off a two night home and home series to determine who is the most middle team in the Hotlantic Division. The two game series is also a great chance to reflect on how awful Jonas Gustavsson was (and still is) and how better off the Leafs would be now if they chased Long Term Injury Reserve Aficionado Stephen Weiss in the summer of 2013 instead of David Clarkson.
October 15 2014 06:52AM
As Leafs fans we often like to fantasize that this team is one or two trades away from being ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. As a seven year old I carried a notebook and a hockey almanac around and would develop what I deemed as fair trades for the Leafs to make in order to ready to win the Stanley Cup. Most of my ideas were multiplayer deals involving Ed Olczyk and Vincent Damphousse going to the Penguins for Mario Lemieux or to the Bruins for Ray Bourque, but I’m still confident that seven year old was still more grounded in reality than your average HFBoards commenter.
October 08 2014 11:51AM
Hockey returns tonight. That’s exciting. Let’s talk about it for a while. Hopefully you spent some of your summer outside, doing stuff, maybe spending some time with family or friends, because hockey is your only friend now. Embrace your drug, slip on your jersey, open a beer and prepare to spend the next nine months arguing about Tyler Bozak’s shooting percentage.
Again we have the traditional opening night matchup between the Leafs and Habs. The Canadiens are proudly coming off a season that earned them playoff participant ribbons, and the Leafs coming off a season that many spent the summer drinking to forget. Tonight’s a clean slate and for the Leafs a chance to pick up their fifth opening night win in a row. It’s also a chance for us to take in the cheesefest which is an ACC opening night ceremony and the booing of Randy Carlyle during his introduction.
You can catch all the excitement on
CBC TSN Sportsnet starting at
5PM MT/ 7PM ET.