Just how far ahead of the pack are the Toronto Marlies?

Jeff Veillette
February 05 2016 01:49PM

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com

The Toronto Marlies are the best team in the American Hockey League, and it isn't even close. You probably already knew this, though, especially if you're a regular to our coverage here on The Leafs Nation. But I was curious just how far ahead they were of this year's crop. With that considered, I dug into the numbers to see how wide the gap was. The results? Well..

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Marlies begin road trip with dominant win over Manitoba

Jeff Veillette
February 05 2016 12:28AM

Photo cropped from original, credit: Flickr / Manitoba Moose

The Toronto Marlies are taking an extended break from Ricoh Coliseum for the last time this season, touring Winnipeg and St. John's for two weeks before beginning a two-month stretch where the team doesn't go more than a weekend without a home game. Tonight, they kicked things off against the Manitoba Moose and walked away with a relatively stress-free 6-2 victory.

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Leafs Postgame: Dancing with the Devils

Jeff Veillette
February 04 2016 10:18PM

It was a night of celebration for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A few people had some endurance milestones; Dion Phaneuf was playing in his 800th game and Mike Babcock was coaching his 1000th, but what really mattered was the pre-game tribute to Darryl Sittler, whose famous 10-point game was 40 years ago this week.

Oddly enough, the Leafs and New Jersey Devils decided that a fitting tribute would be to put the sticks away and avoid scoring at all costs. Even with the shootout considered, the teams only put five pucks in the back of the net in a 3-2 Leafs shootout victory.

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Leafs Postgame: It was 3-1

Jeff Veillette
February 02 2016 11:41PM

Photo Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY SPORTS

Lost in all of the re-branding hullabaloo was the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs played a hockey game less than an hour before. To be fair, there was a large stretch of this game where one shouldn't have cared in the slightest. Heck, if you're all-in on The Tank Nation, the end result was probably not one that made you stats-happy.

But there's something about beating the Bruins that makes you happy. Tonight, the Leafs did so in dramatic fashion, coming back to win 4-3 in overtime.

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Josh Leivo scores pair of goals in AHL All-Star Game

Jeff Veillette
February 01 2016 09:23PM

The Toronto Marlies have torn up the American Hockey League this year, to the point where they could have realistically sent more than four deserving people to this year's All-Star Festivities. With that said, that wouldn't be fair at all to the fans of the other teams. As such, head coach Sheldon Keefe took William Nylander, TJ Brennan, and Josh Leivo with him to Syracuse for the weekend, and while the former pair were left off the score sheet, Leivo found his way to the back the net twice.

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