January 08 2016 11:27PM
The World Juniors are over, but the Toronto Marlies' teenage wunderkinds still aren't around. Kasperi Kapanen is presumably busy being a national hero while William Nylander is back in Toronto getting rest and evaluation from team doctors as they find a way to best address his upper-body injury.
Thankfully for the team, there are a ton of roster players willing to keep those spots for another game or two, including a new face. Jeremy Morin, acquired a few days prior from the Chicago Blackhawks, made his debut for the team and found his way onto the scoresheet of a 3-0 victory.
January 08 2016 02:50PM
Despite being a bad and/or awful hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs are somehow earning points and, dare I say, creeping into the playoff picture. But where will they actual finish in the standings after 82 games. More importantly, where will they draft? Our Roundtable discusses...
January 08 2016 09:52AM
The Leafs and Kings play in a Californian war and in defence of Roman Polak.
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January 08 2016 06:00AM
Jonathan Drouin and Kerby Rychel trade demands, Canucks too proud to tank, Jake Virtanen a Canadian villain, Jarome Iginla hits 600, Zack Kassian speaks, Winnipeg working on outdoor game, it's good Seth Jones is not an Oiler, Kings take on Lecavalier for some reason, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
January 08 2016 12:06AM
If there's one thing that this year's Leafs will be remembered for, it's the fact that they absolutely couldn't give less of a <expletive> about the challenge ahead of them. Last year's team couldn't either, but they were more about curling into a ball at any sign of adversity rather than shrugging it off and pushing even harder in response.
Tonight was a great example of that. The Los Angeles Kings are a much better team, with two days rest, on home ice. The Leafs were hours removed from playing in a different city, albeit a nearby one, but both are thousands of kilometres away from home. They also probably have a weaker first line on paper than either trio in the Kings' bottom six.
But they pushed. Even when the Kings outclassed them, they pushed. They ultimately lost, but they never stopped pushing.