Disappointing season proves that analytics don't work. #mycolumn:

Bobby Cappuccino
April 07 2015 09:00AM

There are two games left for the Maple Leafs this season, but I don't need to see them to know what I know. You see, this was a season of new beginnings. Brendan Shanahan was hired, and with him came a vision for a new way of thinking, utilizing analytics heavily. He signed supposed wunderkind Kyle Dubas, known for assembling a powerhouse OHL team with the help of analytics. It's obvious that that was a fluke.

And this isn't just my opinion - I'm going to use the nerds' fancy stats against them to prove that Kyle Dubas is a fraud and analytics don't matter. 

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LFR8 - Game 80 - MethNOT - Ott 2, Tor 3 (SO)

Steve Dangle
April 06 2015 08:02PM

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WAS IT A GOAL???

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Monday Mailbag: Home Stretch

Jeff Veillette
April 06 2015 01:00PM

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The good news? The season is almost over. All that's left to go is a game against the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets and the always hateable Montreal Canadiens, and then we can move on to better things. Like watching elite hockey teams in the playoffs, or, if misery is your thing, keeping tabs on one of the other Toronto sports squadrons.

Or, you can keep reading the mailbag. Because the bad news? I'm not going anywhere. Here are the best questions from this week!

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TLN Player Power Rankings: April 6, 2015

Jon Steitzer
April 06 2015 09:00AM


We are now down to the final two games in the season, which means this weeks power rankings are more important than ever if want to be in the know for how the Leafs will close out this season. Considering about half these guys won't be back next year it's our chance to say goodbye and send these players off with an appreciation that they were bad enough to finally get this team to rebuild and to hopefully draft a top line center.

On an optimistic note, we finally get to celebrate Leafs goaltending in this post, something that has been absent from pretty much every other Power Rankings post. 

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Leafs Postgame: Sens Kanata Catch A Break

Jeff Veillette
April 05 2015 08:34PM

Going into tonight, the Leafs' draft hopes were pretty much set. They have too many points to reverse-catch Buffalo, Arizona, or Edmonton. The Devils have pulled out of reach. Columbus, uhh, got somewhat healthy and remembered how to play hockey recently. The only team left to worry about is Carolina, and the fortunes in that scenario could change really fast.

For example, if the Leafs lost in regulation tonight, all they would have needed to lock themselves into 27th is a Hurricanes overtime loss tomorrow. Against Buffalo. But, that's not exactly what happened. The Leafs brought this one to a shootout, and unlike last night, actually won.

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