MFR - Round 2, Game 6 - Power - Alb 4, Tor 1

Steve Dangle
May 15 2016 07:30PM

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I know the Marlies lost but WOW SO MANY SPORTS!!!

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Which Marlies goaltender should start Game 7?

Ryan Hobart
May 15 2016 06:17AM

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In Game 6 against the Albany Devils, the Toronto Marlies decided to continue to run with Antoine Bibeau. Bibeau allowed four goals on 28 shots, causing the Marlies to lose 4-1. This sends the series back to Toronto tied 3-3, with Game 7 on Monday the 16th. 

There's no question a lack of scoring has plagued the Marlies in portions of this series. This was very apparent in Games 1 and 6, where the Marlies were only able to score one goal in each game. This is in contrast to Games Four and Five where they tore off for seven and five goals in those two games. 

The Devils play a trap style defense with a roster of AHL veterans who can shut down the dynamic offense of the Marlies pretty effectively. Because of this, it's imperative that the Marlies get the best goaltending they possibly can. Goals for will be rare, so you have to do everything you can to limit goals against. Is starting Bibeau the way to accomplish that? I'm here to answer that question.

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Marlies lose Game 6, setting up all-or-nothing series finale

Jeff Veillette
May 14 2016 03:39PM

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The Toronto Marlies came in tonight in a position that most teams would love to be in; they had home-ice advantage in a potential series-clinching game. The Albany Devils were short quite a few of their top players, and Toronto had outscored their opponents 12-3 in the two games prior. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, not a ton went right for them. Despite their best efforts, the Blue and White dropped a less dirty but just as chippy Game 6 by a score of 4-1, leaving the series to be decided on a weekday night in downtown Toronto.

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Draft Pick Value and the Leafs' Stake in the Rest of the Playoffs

Shawn Reis
May 14 2016 12:00PM

There's at least one former Leaf on each of the four remaining teams in the NHL playoffs.  But the Leafs have a little more stake in what happens the rest of the way than just that.

You all know the Leafs own Pittsburgh's 1st-round pick in this year's draft courtesy of the Phil Kessel trade.  By now you've probably heard that if San Jose can reach the Stanley Cup Finals, the Leafs  get the Sharks' 3rd-round pick in 2018 instead of a 4th-round pick as part of the James Reimer deal.  The Leafs also own the 6th-round pick of the Blues in this year's draft thanks to last year's Olli Jokinen trade, which you might've forgotten about.

But just how much value do the Leafs get out of a different playoff result for each of these teams?  How much-added value do the Leafs get in Pittsburgh losing in the Eastern Conference Final versus them winning the Cup?  What happens to the value of St. Louis' pick if they were to lose out now or in June?

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MGD Game 6: Right Where You Want Them

Jeff Veillette
May 14 2016 09:00AM

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After three opening games which left spectators a little confused, the Toronto Marlies appear to have gotten their creative juices flowing and are now just one win away from advancing to the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals to take on one of Hershey or Wilkes-Barre. They still have their work cut out for them, though; that last win won't come easy.

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