Leafs Postgame: Detroit Loss City

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 18 2014 09:13PM

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You know, this battle feels a lot different knowing that we won't see the behind-the-scenes on HBO in a couple of days, doesn't it? The Winter Classic storylines are over, and Toronto/Detroit returns to being just another new divisional matchup. The implications are heavy, though; a rookie-laden Red Wings roster is trying to claw their way back into the playoff picture, and the Leafs are fighting to hold on to their spot. Unfortunately for the blue and white, this worked out much better for the home team, as the Wings won this one by a score of 3-2.

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The Case Against Starting MacIntyre Tonight

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 18 2014 04:14PM

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As you all know, I'm a huge fan of Drew MacIntyre. Not just a fan, but somebody who truly believes that he's more than just an AHL starter, and capable of playing in the NHL. The Leafs play a back-to-back this week, facing Detroit today and Tampa Bay tomorrow, so it's not without logic for one to assume that James Reimer will get one game, and MacIntyre will make his debut in the other.

Stealing shamelessly from Steve's pregame post, Nick Kypreos suggested that because the Bolts are likely to be the harder team, and because MacIntyre is familiar with a lot of the call ups playing on the Red Wings today, he should be the one going in net.

It's a sound theory, except for one problem.

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Mailbag: Toronto St. Pats Edition

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 17 2014 12:17PM

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For whatever reason, I didn't get a lot of variety in my mailbag questions today, so I'm going to hold off from doing my usual weekly bit until I get a couple more. However, there is one question that I've been asked a lot and seen pondered even more so that is worth addressing today. Why don't the Leafs wear their Toronto St. Pats jerseys anymore?

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McKegg scores two, Gibson stops 33 in Marlies Win

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 16 2014 04:11PM

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It's been a long time since the Toronto Marlies went into a game without Drew MacIntyre in the lineup. Nobody was quite sure what to make of him when he was brought in as the replacement to Ben Scrivens in January of last year, but he's arguably been the MVP of this team since. Today, he was off the lineup sheet, headed to Toronto to back up James Reimer. For now, the fate of the team between the pipes rests on the shoulders of two rookies, both of them years away from even being able to rent a car. 

Facing this temporary duo (well, just Christopher Gibson, but still) for the first time were everybody's favourite team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, who threw all the could in the direction of Gibson, but couldn't find success against a Marlies team who found major success in the third period, winning 4-1.

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Goalie Call Ups Made Official

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 15 2014 09:50AM

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As originally reported here on The Leafs Nation last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Drew MacIntyre from the Toronto Marlies, who in turn have called up Garret Sparks from the Orlando Solar Bears.

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