Breaking Down The Reimer Drama

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 18 2014 10:23PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs just lost to the Detroit Red Wings in a game where James Reimer saved three pucks, but allowed three to go past him. Two quotes and two tweets later, and everybody is in a state of mini-panic. Let's break some statements down.

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Leafs Postgame: Detroit Loss City

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 18 2014 09:13PM

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You know, this battle feels a lot different knowing that we won't see the behind-the-scenes on HBO in a couple of days, doesn't it? The Winter Classic storylines are over, and Toronto/Detroit returns to being just another new divisional matchup. The implications are heavy, though; a rookie-laden Red Wings roster is trying to claw their way back into the playoff picture, and the Leafs are fighting to hold on to their spot. Unfortunately for the blue and white, this worked out much better for the home team, as the Wings won this one by a score of 3-2.

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The Case Against Starting MacIntyre Tonight

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 18 2014 04:14PM

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As you all know, I'm a huge fan of Drew MacIntyre. Not just a fan, but somebody who truly believes that he's more than just an AHL starter, and capable of playing in the NHL. The Leafs play a back-to-back this week, facing Detroit today and Tampa Bay tomorrow, so it's not without logic for one to assume that James Reimer will get one game, and MacIntyre will make his debut in the other.

Stealing shamelessly from Steve's pregame post, Nick Kypreos suggested that because the Bolts are likely to be the harder team, and because MacIntyre is familiar with a lot of the call ups playing on the Red Wings today, he should be the one going in net.

It's a sound theory, except for one problem.

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LGD - GAME 70: The "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S STILL WINTER" CLASSIC

Steve Dangle
March 18 2014 11:35AM

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Remember the Winter Classic? Fun under the -20 celsius sun? Tyler Bozak, hair flowing in the wind, scoring the shootout winner in front of over 100,000 fans as snow gently kissed his rosy cheeks?

Well this isn't quite the same. 

It's indoors, not outdoors. It's Detroit, not Ann Arbour. It's Joe Louis Arena, not the Big House. What remains the same is it's two points up for grabs.

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Leafs Prospect Update: Regular Season Wrap Up

Justin Fisher
March 17 2014 06:37PM

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Carter Verhaeghe (Photo: www.niagaraicedogs.net)

Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara, OHL)

All in all, it's been a great season for Carter Verhaeghe. Although he couldn't keep up with the near two-points-per-game pace he set for himself early in the year, Verhaeghe still finished the OHL regular season with 28 goals and 82 points in 65 games - good for 21st in league scoring. Those are some pretty solid numbers for a 3rd round pick in his Draft +1 year.

With the regular season completed, Verhaeghe will move on to a much greater challenge. His Niagara IceDogs currently hold down the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, and will begin their series with North Bay on Friday. First off, wow, that's a long bus ride. Second, the Battalion's stingy defense allowed only 189 goals against all season, 3rd lowest in the league. Verhaeghe might need that early season scoring touch if Niagara hopes to make a series of it.

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