Reimer 'absolutely' earns 2nd consecutive start with stellar outing vs. Stars

Thomas Drance
November 02 2015 09:19PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs don't have a goaltending controversy on their hands just yet, but things may be trending in that direction.

The Maple Leafs have been losing games in bunches despite being a much improved team at 5-on-5. There's a few reasons for the club's brutal start - special teams and an ugly penalty differential among them - but mostly the Leafs have struggled because they haven't been able to count on a save from their goaltenders. 

On Monday night James Reimer offered the club stability in net, for the first time in a while, and head coach Mike Babcock has taken notice - even taking the unusual step of confirming postgame on that Reimer would be his starter on Wednesday night, when the Leafs take on Reimer's hometown Winnipeg Jets. 

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Jamie Benn goes for the groin in heated exchange with Nazem Kadri

Jeff Veillette
November 02 2015 08:31PM

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When you're one of the league's best point-getters and your stick goes dry, if even only for a few minutes, your mind begins to race. Especially if your team is losing. So naturally, if you place Jamie Benn in the faceoff dot with Nazem Kadri, a player as talented at getting under your skin as he is at scoring goals, things are likely to escalate.

Benn perhaps took it too far, though.

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Dallas Stars win Coaches Challenge to prevent Brad Boyes from scoring go-ahead goal

Jeff Veillette
November 02 2015 06:30PM

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Early in the first period, Brad Boyes scored for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a great moment; it was Boyes' first goal as a member of the Leafs, fifteen years after been drafted by them. Byron Froese grabbed his first NHL point. As well, I mean, the Leafs had the lead! For about a minute, until Jamie Benn tied things back up.

But Boyes seemed poised to keep things going. Just a few minutes later, he scored again; or so we thought. Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars felt something was a little messed up, and they were proven right.

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Why this photo is a visual representation of the 2015/16 Leafs

Jeff Veillette
November 02 2015 03:58PM

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Screencap Credit: Hockey Night in Canada

Before we turn the page on Toronto's last showing and dive into Tyler Seguin's upcoming assault on the Air Canada Centre, I want to talk about this moment late in the third period of Saturday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Quite simply, I don't think we're going to find a better visual representation of this pocket era of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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LGD: Time to Star-t Winning

Jon Steitzer
November 02 2015 11:13AM

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Tonight a team with one win in a month of hockey will play a team with only two losses in a month of hockey. The good news is it's a new month so anything can happen. And while anything could happen there's probably a good chance that what will happen is Dallas will continue to be good and the Leafs will continue to be bad. 

The other good news is that Dallas is a very exciting team to watch, and after everyone predicted big things for them last season, we all finally get to see them deliver on them a season later, and smugly feel good that we were eventually right. 

The bad news is that Dallas being exciting really doesn't help anyone who finds a potential seven game losing streak to be a little embarrassing even for a team that's rebuilding.

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