November 21 2015 03:07PM
With the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in 24th in the NHL (and looking devastatingly average in the process), they're being hosted by one of their divisional rivals in what may end up being a relatively well-matched game.
Toronto offers flashes of brilliance from Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner on the blue line, then a whole host of forgettable faces from the offensive corps to complement Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, and James van Riemsdyk.
Their opponents offer some brilliance up front, and one of the most dominant veteran blue liners in the league - but the rest of their back end doesn't look much better than Toronto's, and a whole host of injuries on offence has Max Talbot drawing into the lineup on Saturday evening.
Goaltending is always a question for Toronto, but it's a question for this team as well this year. Coaching is old vs older, and the two management styles are youthful brain trust vs someone who's either a crazy genius or just flat-out crazy - no one's really sure yet.
That's right - it's Toronto vs. Boston, and it's going down tonight.
November 21 2015 12:56PM
Kadri slays the monkey, Optimus keeps rolling, and Dion smash!
The Leafs are red-hot and I'm going to enjoy every moment of it because you just never know.
November 21 2015 11:16AM
Many people didn't even know that Petter Granberg was on the Leafs' roster still, but today, they were introduced to him in the same breath as their mutual departure. The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed the young shutdown defenceman on waivers, in an attempt to assign him to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL
November 21 2015 09:37AM
The Leafs have played 10 games in October, and 10 in November. In October they had just one win and picked up 4 of a possible 20 points. In November they've so far won 6 games and have picked up 14 of a possible 20 points. So, they're trending in the right direction...right? Well, not so fast. The Leafs are picking up a lot more points this month than they were last month, which is a good thing, but the way that they've been picking up those points is troubling. Whereas in October the team was playing well but finding a way to lose, the team is now putting in some really mundane performances but finding a way to win. In other words, yes they've done a complete 180 this month as far as how many points they're picking up in the standings. But they've also done a complete 180 as far as their puck possession game is concerned, as well as how good the goaltending they've been getting is. In short, while the team is getting better end results, the way they're getting those results isn't good for their long-term success. Yep, I'll say it: the Leafs need to go back to the way they were playing before.
November 20 2015 09:24PM
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Another win, another two points in the standings. It's no big deal anymore, as the Leafs have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games after a 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Not to sound like one of those mathletes, but Toronto now sits only three points out of a wildcard spot.
Have the Leafs mastered Babcock's system? Has the organization found itself a true, number one goaltender? Is this a playoff team?
I mean, no... no... and no. None of that. But you're still probably enjoying this little run if you're not a card-carrying member of Tank Nation.