LGD - Game 69: DC Matinee

Steven Tzemis
March 16 2014 10:58AM

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For the first time in a long time, the Leafs didn't play Saturday night, instead shifting their schedule to a Sunday matinee with the Washington Capitals. It's the Leafs first game back from their California road trip, and the Capitals last game before they visit California (sorry, Washington). 

The season series is 1-1 between the teams, but the Leafs won in a shootout, meaning the Capitals lead this season series. 

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Bernier gone, but not for long . . . Hopefully

Steven Tzemis
March 15 2014 06:53PM

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Jonathan Bernier left Thursday's game against the Kings after the first period with a "lower body injury", opening the door for James Reimer to produce a gym, leading the Leafs to victory. 

Since the Leafs label every injury as either an upper or lower body injury, we don't know what Bernier's injury is yet. And we may never know. But fear not, because his injury isn't considered to be serious, at least according to coach Randy Carlyle.

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Goalie Call Ups Made Official

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 15 2014 09:50AM

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As originally reported here on The Leafs Nation last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Drew MacIntyre from the Toronto Marlies, who in turn have called up Garret Sparks from the Orlando Solar Bears.

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Marlies Win In OT / Leafs Calling Up MacIntyre

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 14 2014 09:48PM

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Two stories here, but I figure we can cram them both together since they're both Marlies related. and tonight's game wasn't super exciting. The above picture is pretty meaningless, other than the fact that for the first half of the game, the Marlies were represented by a Syracuse Crunch logo, and I found that pretty funny. Okay. Press the read article button and let's get this show on the road.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be an anomaly and amaze us all

Cam Charron
March 14 2014 03:10PM

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During the third period of last night's Leafs game against the Kings, the Leafs held a 3-2 lead and had a faceoff in the defending end of the rink, to the left of James Reimer. The Kings had Anze Kopitar on the ice, an elite forward and faceoff-man. The Leafs had Tyler Bozak and Jay McClement.

A discussion took place between Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro of TSN, discussing the merits of each centreman taking the draw in that situation: McClement is a better faceoff-man and had had an excellent night against Kopitar on the night, going 6-2 on draws. Bozak, on the other hand, is right handed, which makes it easier to tie up the opponents stick on the forehand when all you want to do is kill some time on the clock.

To me, the decision you make there is steeped in analytics.

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