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Economic Mittens: Kadri’s hat-trick paces Leafs 4-0 win on Hockey Night

Andre Ringuette/NHLInteractive Apparently, former No. 1 overall pick Chris Phillips couldn’t contain Nazem Kadri tonight. But hold on to something, it gets weirder. The Toronto Maple Leafs are now two points back of the Boston Bruins. They are five points back of the division lead. There are 12 games to go in the season. This…

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Preview Game #36 Leafs @ Senators – How is Ottawa doing it?

The Ottawa Senators’ season could be summed up as so: ‘Still injured, still winning’. The losses of Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson and a host of other useful Senators roster players has had many sports analysts ask the question “well how are they doing it?” Generally the answer when confronted with a problem is…

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Holy Mackinaw: Lupul scores beauty as Leafs beat Canes 6-3

Photo Greg Abel/Getty via NHLInteractive Wait, let it sink in. Carolina has been flat the last little while. I didn’t think they were as flat as they came out tonight in Toronto, and a Toronto Maple Leafs team that entered the game with John-Michael Liles in place, surprisingly, for Jake Gardiner took a 2-0 lead,…

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Preview: Game #35 Hurricanes @ Leafs – Back on track

So now that we’ve established that the Leafs need to buy a few pieces, and established that the Leafs have a few pieces to sell, all before becoming a true “playoff team” it’s time to turn our attention to a playoff race. That is a stretch of games that typically comes at the end of…

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Trade deadline 2013 – What the Leafs should buy

I can assure you that teams that aren’t the Pittsburgh Penguins are still allowed to make deals. The problem, as several people have noted, is that there’s such a small gap between buyers and sellers this season and few clear impact players who are available. This is a side-effect of those long-term deals signed by…

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Marlies Lose 4-1 To Rockford

The Toronto Marlies have been an impressive team of late. After falling out of the North Division lead, their ten game homestead gave the team time to re-evaluate and build chemistry, and did so in spectacular fashion, winning seven of them. The momentum continued as the team left town, leading to eight straight games without…

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Trade deadline 2013 – What the Leafs might sell

We’re a week away from the 2013 trade deadline and the Leafs are in the un-enviable position of having to choose between “buy” and “sell” mode. Whether you watch this team live or through spreadsheet goggles, the problems the team faces are pretty clear. They give up too many shots, their first line can’t generate…

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Firewagon Hockey: Leafs hang on for 3-2 win over Panthers

Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive All that matters after the conclusion of this game is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are six points clear of the ninth place team in the Eastern Conference, have a decided advantage in the all important “wins” and “regulation or overtime wins” tiebreaker, and at the very least are poised to flirt…

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Preview Game #34 Panthers @ Leafs – Memories of a Schenn giveaway

I don’t know if there is an image that captures the Leafs struggles in the latter third of last season than this perfect exhibition of brilliance by Luke Schenn. At that time, the Leafs had already lost four straight games, three of them coming at home. They had won just one of their last nine…