November 09 2013 10:23AM
I thought the Leafs weren't explicitly out-played last night. Despite getting out-shot by some outrageous number at even strength, this was like those games in the first week of the season against Ottawa and Montreal by having the raw powerplay advantage.
Obviously the big question is on James van Riemsdyk and him being switched to centre. I didn't think the breakout was particularly good for the first line last night and they didn't have a lot of transition opportunities. The Leafs didn't get their first two-on-one until overtime and Phil Kessel showed very little in the game save for his goal, which was outstanding, but he didn't get a lot of chances to attack the Devils line.
That's just in case you were wondering about my thoughts. At any rate, the Leafs won, which means Randy Carlyle has no reason to move Nazem Kadri up to the top line again. That said, Kadri's line with David Clarkson and Mason Raymond was the only one against the Devils that consistently generated offensive pressure. The Leafs are in Boston tonight, to play the team the Leafs played their five best games of the season last year in the playoffs. As far as I'm concerned, nothing else really matters about the matchup.
November 08 2013 10:32PM
In their first game since last Saturday’s clunker, the Maple Leafs returned to action with a 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. With the victory, the Leafs improve to 11-5-0, and are tied with Pittsburgh and Tampa atop the Eastern Conference standings.
November 08 2013 10:37AM
Oh man, who is hyped about David Clarkson's return to New Jersey?
I'm moreso hyped that the Leafs are finally back on the ice, and that awful loss against Vancouver can officially be thrown onto the backburner. The Jerred Smithson era in Toronto officially begins tonight with the Leafs taking on their polar opposites: a team that has done a good job at controlling the shot clock over the last two seasons, but with little to show for it on the ice. In fact, the Devils are so devoid of offensive talent that they may play themselves right into lottery pick contention at the end of the year.
Leading scorer? Jaromir Jagr. The Devils are 4-7-4, and it's difficult to come up with an interesting angle about them. But good golly, we'll try.
November 07 2013 09:26PM
On this special episode, the guys announce Panago Pizza as the new sponsor, David Alter returns for Leaf talk, and Blake Carter votes who wears blue and white the best.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 07 2013 03:18PM
Not long after locking up Phil Kessel for the next eight years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are zeroing in on locking up another core piece. As I'm sure you've all read, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in negotiations to retain Captain Dion Phaneuf for the long haul. Acquired in the second year of a 6-Year, $39 Million contract signed with the Calgary Flames, Phaneuf would be an unrestricted free agent if he walked away from the Leafs' offers.
Nick Kypreos suggested on October 29th that Phaneuf has set the bar for himself at 7 years, $50 million, for a cap hit of $7.14 million dollars. The Leafs are still looking to chip that number down, and as such, no pen has been put to paper. Meanwhile, Leafs Nation has had some time to absorb the numbers and adjust their feelings towards the team's top defenceman.