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Maple Leafs player usage chart: February 4

Hockey fans familiar with the work of Hockey Prospectus‘ Rob Vollman may recognize the “Player Usage Chart”, which is an excellent way to visualize the way players in a system are being used, and how successful they are. Below the jump, I have an early season look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ chart. Even though…

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Preview: Game #9 Hurricanes @ Leafs – In Carl Gunnarsson’s absence

Photo via Gregg Forwerck/NHLInteractive The Toronto Maple Leafs suffered an off-ice defeat on the weekend, adding another body to the swelling pool of key injured players that has left the club shorthanded of a few of its good players. First it was Joffrey Lupul, then Clarke MacArthur, and now Carl Gunnarrson is on the shelf…

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Leafs outclassed, drop 1-0 decision to Bruins: Recap and scoring chances

Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive Midway through the third period, I asked Leafs fans over Twitter if a 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins would be considered a positive based on what happened last season. They answered with a resounding yes, which says something both about the expectations Maple Leafs fans have and how badly things fell…

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Marlies Snap Skid, Win 4-2

You know, even with their recent struggles, it would take a spectacular fall for the Toronto Marlies to train the Hamilton Bulldogs in the standings. After all, while Toronto was just a point ahead of 4th in the North, the last place league wide Bulldogs were still 16 points into the Marlies rear view mirror going…

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Preview: Game #8 Bruins @ Leafs – Know Your Role

Any Leaf fan disparaging Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel’s apparent struggles as a problem of effort should probably heed the words from then-defending Stanley Cup champion general manager Stan Bowman. Bowman was talking to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference about his teams’ efforts attempting to more properly gauge player value: Stan Bowman [discussed] a…

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Marlies Fall In Rochester

Remember when the Toronto Marlies had incredible depth in all positions, and were winning and scoring goals at will, along with having little to no trouble preventing them? Well, they’re still capable of doing those things, but with so many players gone, it’s not going to come anywhere near as easy as it was earlier in…

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Leafs Stomp Caps in Third, Phil Kessel Still Goalless

  James Van Riemsdyk celebrates his first period power-play goal in Thursday night’s Leafs win over Washington. Photo Credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images Going into the third period of Thursday night’s 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, the Maple Leafs were at a distinct disadvantage. Beyond the one goal deficit and some shaky goaltending from James…