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The NHL point system is flawed and should see the Leafs in the playoffs

What should have happened this year (right banner) Much has been made about the NHL’s point system and it’s flaws in the past. A third point is awarded once two teams reach overtime, it is mystifying where this point comes from as a "normal" game awards only two points to the winner and none to…

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Playoff Prediction Project, 2012

The first round of the playoffs starts tonight, and once again the writers of the Nation Network are getting together to predict who they feel will win each series in the first round.

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Brian Burke Cares

  Among the many stupid questions (and the odd good one) that mittenstringers asked at the season ending feeding frenzy were a number that questioned how Brian Burke felt about this season. ‘Obviously’ his anger was manufactured and he couldn’t possibly care that much. Reading his answers to questions hardly do them justice as it’s…

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Leafs Nation Podcast: Let’s Talk Playoffs

Of course, ‘talking playoffs’ in Toronto means ‘talking Marlies’, which Danny Gray and I (JP Nikota) have brought Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) in to talk about.  The Marlies are, as I write this, sitting tied for first in the Western Conference, and look to be in a great position to make a run at the Calder…

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Q&A With Ben Scrivens

    Although the season is over for the Maple Leafs, Ben Scrivens and the Toronto Marlies are still going strong and will be playing for the Calder Cup this spring. I managed to catch up to the 25-year old puck stopper and we talked about his 12 games in the NHL this season, Tank…

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Tank Schmank!

The season is over. Next up for Leafs, Jets, Flames and Oilers fans is the draft lottery. There’s been a lot of griping over the last month of the season about how the way the NHL draft is set up encourages teams to “tank” that is, to purposely try to lose games. I am not…

Nation Radio – April 7, 2012

  Welcome to the last day of the season! Or as Flames, Oilers and Leafs fans consider it, the start of the fun stuff. Drafts! Trades! And Firings! Oh my! During this regular season finale show, Lowetide talks to some Jets, Flames and Leafs regulars to get their take on each team’s failed year and…

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This Is The End, My Only Friend…

"Be more specific," I told him. No one got it. If you want a more specific recap, it’s after the jump. But I understand if you are not interested. I won’t take it personally. It gets kind of weepy.

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At Least We’re Not…

It’s okay, there’s always next year. Is there any better way to build up your own self-esteem than watching someone else fail? Is there any better way to make yourself feel better about your own short-comings than to observe those in others? Of course no, so I’d like to introduce a coping method for the…

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See ya in October

It was the final NHL game in Toronto this year, and the Leafs didn’t disappoint. Well, they sort of did if you’re banking on a top five pick – but the team managed to scrape out an overtime win for the crowd that paid at the gate last night. The season will finally clue up…

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Leading by Example: Dion Phaneuf

Could Dion Phaneuf lead these dudes to a winning record? Sports media in Toronto seem to be grasping at straws on things to talk about. I don’t necessarily blame them, as any writer or fan would have a hard time just thinking about the Maple Leafs after what has transpired the past two months. However, I think…