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Nation Radio – January 14, 2012

    The mid-season doldrums are officially here. With winter finally arriving in Alberta this weekend, Lowetide takes a look at the Oilers as they tumble down the standings.

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Asked And Answered: Brian Burke Tweetbag II

  Goddamn you people have a lot of questions Since the first edition of my tweetbag with Brian Burke was such a rousing success I think that it’s time for a second. Apparently, people on Twitter have a lot of questions for the brains behind the Leafs’ upturn in fortunes. After the jump, we take…

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Playoff hopes and dreams: How many wins and goals are needed?

The season is halfway over, and, still, the Leafs remain in playoff position, not only just 6th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, but they are also one of just five teams in the conference with a positive goal differential. The time is right for the Leafs right now: beyond the top four teams in the…

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Three’s Company- Lupul and Kessel added to All-Star Roster

  We’re going to Kanata? Great I could use a haircut. Today the NHL announced that Phil Kessel and Joffery Lupul will join Dion Phaneuf in representing the Leafs at the All-Star Game at the end of January. While the citizens of Ottawa made a valiant effort to put as many Sens in the game…

Is Dion Phaneuf Really The League’s Most Overrated Player?

According to the venerated hockey website Sports Illustrated, the answer to that question is yes. In a poll of 161 players, Dion Phaneuf ranked as the most common answer to the question of which player is the most overrated in the National Hockey League. Of course, Leafs’ GM Brian Burke figures any player dumb enough…

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The Leafs and Sabres- Shift by Shift

  Former members of the Soviet Union are happy with Ron Wilson’s equal distribution of ice-time The Leafs played an excellent “road game” at home last night against the Buffalo Sabres. After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead the Leafs played a smart, disciplined, defensive game that relied on speed and a strong forecheck….

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Maple Leafs Forward Scoring Rates

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit on Saturday night to mark the halfway point of the 2011-2012 campaign. The win was enough to get the Leafs to 47 points. With their 2-0 win over the Sabres last night they’ve started the second half of the season on the right foot. In fact, they’ve started 2012…

Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to…

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Learning To Play: Hitting the OK Plateau

  BOOOOORING!! As some of you may know I’ve been righting the biggest wrong of my childhood by learning how to play hockey. The response to my first article was great, and I put the advice dispensed to good use. Thus far I’ve been learning by doing, playing in relatively informal games of shinny with…

Jonas Gustavsson: Not Even Close To Being The Answer

For probably the first time in his NHL career, Jonas Gustavsson is starting to turn some heads. He entered the league with high expectations – as many of these undrafted free agents do now, as various teams line up to bid for their services – but never really lived up to them, failing to take…

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The Truth Behind Project Mayhem

This week the NHL will announce the rest of the players that will be participating in the All-Star Game in Ottawa. They will be joining half of the Ottawa Senators and Dion Phaneuf. The team and its fanbase pulled out a Herculean effort to overcome the sheer overwhelming numbers of Leafs fans. Getting four of…