September 16 2013 09:40PM
The Leafs lost a preseason game. We'll be holding a jersey-burning ceremony outside of the Air Canada Centre tomorrow at noon. Bring your flame-throwers.
Seriously though, the Leafs lost a tight game to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre.
The lovely and talented Cam Charron usually writes the postgame blogs here at TLN, but he's out saving kittens from trees and talking to dozens of beautiful women right now, so I'm going to fill in for him. This isn't going to be a very stats-heavy post. Instead, it will be more on what I noticed.
September 16 2013 12:29PM
-The world is pumped to see Trevor Smith's Maple Leafs debut
After a 4-3 win last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice again against the Philadelphia Flyers. They will have a similar roster to last night's contest in London while the Leafs will swap out 17 players, giving fans our first look of the season at Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak. We'll also see Trevor Smith and T.J. Brennan make their anticipated Leafs debuts, and to a lesser extent, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier.
I think our impressions of the Flyers last night were less than positive. A couple of their goals made their way through screens, and Philly's defence looked awful to start the game. The Leafs' first four shots were all excellent scoring chances, and it isn't a ringing endorsement of Steve Mason to point out that all of them went in, although the first 10 minutes of a preseason contest isn't the place to judge a goaltender.
September 16 2013 11:26AM
I thought that the best game the Toronto Maple Leafs played last season was the fourth game of the playoffs against Boston. It ended poorly, unfortunately, on an overtime goal by David Krejci, the Leafs played some inspired hockey after Mark Fraser took a puck in the face and after the fourth line got benched thanks to a terrible penalty taken by Colton Orr that resulted in a goal against.
The Leafs rolled three lines and five defencemen and looked pretty good. As I noted in my post titled "the accidental juggernaut, the Leafs out-chanced Boston 9-4 after Fraser and Orr found themselves out of the game, before that, they had been out-chanced 11-14 by the same Bruins.
September 15 2013 08:28PM
Little David Broll. Still terrifyingly huge.
Hey look, hockey is (kind of) back!
A handful of Leafs regulars and a supporting cast of hopefuls took down the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this evening at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, winning their first preseason game 4-3.
September 15 2013 09:08AM
Unfortunately for the Toronto Maple Leafs, one half of this memorable James van Riemsdyk goal battery will be staying home for tonight's preseason contest. The Leafs kick off their preseason tonight at 6:00 p.m. from Budweiser Gardens in London against the Philadelphia Flyers. Unlike the Washington-Winnipeg game on CBC from Belleville last night, there aren't a whole lot of stars on either side. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Phil Kessel will be staying home, as is van Riemsdyk. For shame.
In net for the Leafs will be James Reimer and Christopher Gibson, as Reimer begins his quest to retain the Leafs' starting goaltender position, behind a defence that has just two likely NHLers in John-Michael Liles and Paul Ranger. The Maple Leafs posted a full lineup on its website including line combinations: