Joffrey Lupul makes his KHL debut and Nicklas Backstrom nets a hat trick

Steve Dangle
November 14 2012 08:06PM

The KHL returns from a 9-day break with 22 teams playing in 11 games. Joffrey Lupul makes his KHL debut with Avtomobilist, Malkin stacks the pads (what?), Ovechkin return much to the delight of Nicklas Backstrom, and more.


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Stuart Percy on the Subway Super Series

Steve Dangle
November 14 2012 12:04PM

 Stuart Percy - Leafs first round pick and captain of the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads (who recently cracked the CHL's Top 10 rankings) - talks to Aly Munro after Team OHL's 2-1 victory over Team Russia in Game 4 of the Subway Super Series. Watch for the interview, stay for the mangled smile. Truculence!

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Things That Drive Me Insane In NHL 13: "Phy...sics?"

JP Nikota
November 14 2012 09:53AM

Before I begin my kvetching, I feel I should make one thing clear: EA has made some really impressive strides (no pun intended) in recreating the physics of a hockey game played on ice. The revamped skating in NHL 13 is, for example, more true to the way that players actually move about the rink, and so I don't mean to be too broadly critical of the game. There is still, however, much work to be done, and the more realistic a video game gets, the more enraging these (increasingly minor) glitches can be.

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Brian Burke, analytics, and the future

Cam Charron
November 13 2012 03:27PM

We know that Brian Burke doesn't have an eye for analytics. None of what follows in this short post is the suggestion that Burke drop everything and base his player decisions based on things found on The Leafs Nation or NHL Numbers, particularly if it meant we weren't going to collect royalties.

Still, things said by Burke at a panel today attended by friend of our blog and every blog Justin Bourne sort of irk me: 

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Morgan Rielly: Calm in Chaos

Gus Katsaros
November 13 2012 10:49AM

With the Subway Super Series turning its attention to the Western Hockey League, Leafs fans get to see two games of Morgan Rielly, their first round pick in 2012 (5th overall) in a game amongst his peers.

Before Leafs Nation checks out their skilled blueliner in action amongst the best of the West versus the Russians, Cam had found this Rielly video in a game against the Calgary Hitmen and we are going to break down what he brings in a regular season uniform.

First the video (after the jump, courtesy backrowcornerseat)

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