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Colton played 15 minutes? Y’Orr joking me – Leafs/Habs recap

Abelimages/NHLInteractive I commented after the game that nothing is at stake with the Toronto Maple Leafs, just the prime years of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Mikhail Grabovski. Those three are legitimate stars in the National Hockey League, if only they could be surrounded with a supporting cast to help them win. In some…

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Preview: Game #21 Habs @ Leafs – Bite Me

Who are these Montreal Canadiens the Leafs are playing tonight? They’ve played two games so far this season, both at le Centre Bell, and the Leafs decisively won both games, the first 2-1 and the second 6-0. The first game was less close than it appears based on scoring chances data, and Montreal had a…

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Zone matching, and how the Leafs are mis-using Grabovski and Bozak

The Vancouver Canucks shutting down Manny Malhotra is a more notable move than a lot of people made it out to be. Malhotra became a whole new kind of defensive centre than the NHL had previously seen, a centreman that took a lot of face-offs in the defensive zone, and nearly exclusively in the defensive…

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Toronto Marlies Makeshift PDO

A great disadvantage of doing statistical analysis on leagues outside of the NHL is utter lack of detailed information available to further enhance analysis. Cam, among others – have made this point. Something as easy as PDO can be tracked to quantify momentum, however, the American Hockey league doesn’t differentiate shots on game sheets on…

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Leafs Prospect Update: February 26th, 2013

Tony Cameranesi had an assist in Minnesota Duluth’s 5-3 loss to cross-campus rivals Minnesota on Friday night, and went pointless in Saturday’s 2-2 tie. It’s fair to say that Cameranesi is playing through a little bit of a slump. The UMD Bulldogs are mired in a nine-game winless streak, during which Cameranesi has managed only…

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Maple Leafs lull Flyers to sleep: win game in third period – Game recap

(Photo by Paul Bereswill/NHLInteractive) I don’t want to say the first two periods of the Maple Leafs and Flyers game was really boring, but at one point during the second I forgot which team was shooting at which end. I couldn’t tell whether it was incompetent passing, a reluctance to enter the zone with possession…

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The Budweiser Red Light

  By now most of have heard of this new Budweiser red light thing. For those of you living under a rock (or who PVR every game and zip through commercials), Bud has come up with a replica goal light which you can sync with your favorite team, install in your house, and have it…

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NHL proposes new realignment format: Good or bad?

Saturday night on the Hotstove, hockey reporter extraordinaire Elliotte Friedman reported the NHL’s new realignment plan. Unlike the plan that was approved by the NHL and rejected by the NHLPA in 2011, both “Eastern” conferences would have eight teams rather than seven, with Detroit and Columbus moving to the more geographically appropriate centres. Above is…

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Preview: Game #20 Leafs @ Flyers – Redemption

Remember that move by James van Riemsdyk stepping around Luke Schenn? Anyway… Per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Randy Carlyle took the Leafs’ loss in Ottawa a little hard:  “I think I’ve got to bear responsibility, I should have called a timeout with 28 seconds left for the faceoff. Those are the things that you have…