Leafs Postgame: Auston's Better

Jeff Veillette
January 17 2017 10:18PM

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Here it was. Chapter one in the manufactured rivalry between Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel. Now granted, there's a bit at stake; there's a good chance that one of these players will end up being the greatest American player of all time. But one game won't solve it... or will it?

Certainly, Matthews was the better-looking player tonight, as he helped push the Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

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Morgan Rielly leaves game with right leg injury

Jeff Veillette
January 17 2017 07:13PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs' defensive corps may have just taken a huge blow tonight. Less than one period has into in their game against the Buffalo Sabres, Morgan Rielly's night appears to be done after a collision that impacted his leg.

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Frank Corrado's conditioning stint is over, how did he do?

Jeff Veillette
January 16 2017 12:22PM

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The last two weeks were a magical experience. Okay, maybe that's pushing it; they were just hockey games, most of which the Toronto Marlies lost. But Frank Corrado played in all seven games he was available to play in with them, after being sent down for a conditioning stint to get back into game rhythm. They're over now though, and as of this morning, he was practicing with the Leafs again.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: January 16th

Jeff Veillette
January 16 2017 12:45AM

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Going to bed at 7:30 PM is bad for you if you're going to just wake up again at 10:30 PM. Enjoy this dive into the mailbag (which was more full than usual; sorry if I didn't answer you this time), while I try to find a way to pass out for a bit.

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Are the Toronto Marlies actually this bad?

Jeff Veillette
January 15 2017 03:44PM

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It's January 15th and the Toronto Marlies are the worst team in the North Division. Just a year ago, they finished the year with one of the best records in AHL history, and here we are talking about 0.500 being a dream to attempt to accomplish.

People expected regression, but they didn't expect a chance at being third-last in the league at the halfway point. But something doesn't feel right about this; what is a team full of quality players, that started hot, and has scored as many goals as they've allowed doing at the bottom of the standings?

Here's an attempt at figuring it out.

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