LGD: Blue on both sides

Ryan Fancey
February 09 2017 11:22AM

It was just days ago that the Leafs' season was again ready to be written off, another 18-wheeler set to go over the cliff. But with a three-game point streak quickly put together, today Toronto finds itself tied for second in the Atlantic and just eight points back of the division-leading Canadiens with three games in hand. It's been, and will continue to be, a constant battle of highs and lows for this team, especially given their style. Tonight they'll go to work looking to keep this high point going, sole possession of that second seed potentially in the cards.

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Why the Brandon Montour to Toronto speculation makes no sense

Jeff Veillette
February 09 2017 10:30AM

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The Anaheim Ducks are going to to be in a very, very tricky situation in June. With the Vegas Golden Knights ready to pounce on some of the best available players in the upcoming expansion draft, Anaheim is filled to the brim with defencemen. Kevin Bieksa will automatically be protected thanks to his no-movement clause, and after that, they will likely only be able to protect two of Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler, and Josh Manson.

Which should make 22-year-old and exempt Brandon Montour a lock to stick around, but here we are talking about him.

Our resource today is Pierre Lebrun's radio hit on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050. It's a lengthy transcription, so bear with me as we claw through this bit by bit.

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Analyzing Toronto's Game Score from January

Dom Luszczyszyn
February 09 2017 06:37AM

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After every month of hockey (and sorry we're late on this), it's good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That's my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October's here, November's here and December's here.

For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it's a single number stat meant to measure single game productivity and player value that I developed over the summer. It basically combines the most important box-score stats and weights them by their relevance to goals. It's not perfect and there's much that is unaccounted for, but it does pretty well for something that is relatively simple to compute and comprehend.

The sample is still incredibly small, but I figure taking a look at the team on a monthly basis could provide some insight into how the team is doing. So without further ado, here's how the Leafs January looked through the eyes of Game Score and some thoughts on it.

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WWYDW: Last Gasp

Jeff Veillette
February 08 2017 01:18PM

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After last night's game, Mike Babcock had a really interesting comment about how the Toronto Maple Leafs react to the final minutes of play, and how they should react:

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NHLN Notebook: The Bruins look lost, Claude Julien Fired, Islanders on the rise under Doug Weight

Cam Lewis
February 08 2017 07:30AM

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The Boston Bruins fired head coach Claude Julien and did so in a way that made the organization look as classless as possible. On the other side of that coin, the Islanders have gone on fire since firing Jack Capuano and replacing him with Doug Weight. 

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