January 21 2013 11:45AM
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Holy moly, is it really time to write another game preview? Toronto have their home opener tonight, against another Northeast Division team, the Buffalo Sabres. Ben Scrivens is slated to start in net again, and he'll look to build on a first game performance where he stopped 21 shots, including every single attempt at even strength, but looked real shaky doing it. I guess that's what happens when you have an unconventional style, or when you're a goalie with minimal NHL experience opening the season in a game between Original Six rivals.
Either way, he got the job done. After going head-to-head with Carey Price on Saturday, he gets the call against another all-world goalie in Ryan Miller tonight. Scheduled puck drop at 7:00, but I have a feeling that could be a few minutes late.
Who are the Buffalo Sabres? Well, much like the teams in the rest of the Northeast Division, they lack an identity right now. Remember coming out of the last lockout when the Sabres were the young, high-flying team that cut through opponents like butter and scored oodles of powerplay goals every game? Ryan Miller got run over by Milan Lucic last season and the Sabres responded by bulking up, adding Steve Ott and John Scott to a roster that failed to make the playoffs last season.
January 20 2013 02:26PM
Finally! The Leafs are back and so are LFR videos! Check out game one!
January 20 2013 11:36AM
Not a bad weekend for Joffrey Lupul. A win on opening day, and a $26-million payday.
Toronto was rumoured to be in discussions with Lupul last night, and today they inked him to a five-year extension. Lupul was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Joffrey Lupul has some offensive talent and bounced around the league with stints in Anaheim, Edmonton, and Philadelphia before clicking on Toronto's top line with Phil Kessel. Since then, he's boosted his assist totals, and has produced like a dynamic offensive player worth of extension.
But the contract is problematic, especially locking up a player with a track record like Lupul's. Here's why:
January 20 2013 09:36AM
It’s been a crazy week here at the Nations. With the end to the lockout, every team around the league scrambled to get their clubs ready to go in just a week; we saw some trades, some buyouts and a whole mess of low-end free agent signings. Today, we recap the week that was.
January 19 2013 08:46PM
Toronto won its season opener 2-1 on the road in Montreal, with goals coming from Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri. Montreal was without one of its best players on offence and defence, PK Subban, and looked flat to start the season. Randy Carlyle's defensive system wasn't a good matchup for the rusty Habs, who were forced to the perimeter for much of the game and didn't mount an attack until the third period, when it was too late to come back.
So the Leafs improve to 1-0, again, on a snowy Saturday night in Montreal. How perfect is that? Recap below.