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Bruins and Leafs panel picks (how many ways to say Bruins in six?)

Our long-winded preview went up Tuesday morning, and you should all check it out. We break down the matchups line by line and how everything should shake out in Toronto’s first playoff appearance since the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. If there are typos in any of the predictions, blame the email programs…

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Maple Leafs – Bruins series preview

James Reimer is indubitably the key to victory. Photo via CP For a while towards the end of the season, the fates were leading the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs on a collision course that would have surely torn apart the fabric of our nation, and ended up with Québec drifting out into…

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A Graphic Guide To The NHL Playoffs, For Maple Leaf Fans

Let’s face it folks, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is built for the playoffs. By which, I mean the organization is a profit generating machine, at least on the hockey side. The fact that over the term of the previous CBA the Leafs managed to generate more profits than pretty much the rest of the…

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On Phil Kessel’s scoring slump versus the Bruins

Here’s a creeping narrative surrounding our Bruins and Leafs series already. It has to do, of course, with Phil Kessel, who has historically struggled against the Boston Bruins and declined to talk to the media today after a gathering of press hounds were waiting 25 minutes for an appearance. Kessel’s statistics against the Bruins in…

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THE RISE OF STREAKCRED

Have you received positive reviews at work lately? Perhaps a supervisor or boss commended you for "excellent use of time around the office" or a "focus on efficiency?" Well throw that attitude out the window friends. It’s time to waste some time during the playoffs. Some serious time. I’m talkin’ bout StreakCred – the Nation…

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Marlies On Verge Of First Round Victory

For the Toronto Marlies, last year’s playoffs had a bit of a different atmosphere. With the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs, the team was heavily focused on by fans, media, and the parent club alike. Last year’s team was filled with NHL talent; eight players (Matt Frattin, Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Ryan Hamilton, Mark…

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Speculating all over Tyler Bozak’s injury status

Dave Nonis said that he expected Tyler Bozak to be on the ice and ready for Game One, but he didn’t practice with the team today. Mikhail Grabovski spent time between Joffrey Lupul and Nik Kulemin on the second line with Nazem Kadri with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk on the first. Steve Simmons,…

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Five Leafs thoughts – April 29th Playoffs!!!1 edition

A few thoughts to tide us over until Wednesday. Leading up to Game One, we’ll run a series of previews along with some of our own in-house analytics to break down Eastern Conference Series D as best we can in the coming days. No. 1 – Forget it Jake, it’s Boston

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Is Anne Murray available to sing the anthem at Leaf playoff games?

Did you know it’s been a while since the Toronto Maple Leafs last played a playoff game? It’s true. Be reminded every day between now and about the first intermission of Game Two, and possible for the first two periods of Game Three when the Leafs play at home. The Leafs overcoming some very long…

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Leafs lose forgettable hockey game on last day of season

Colton Orr watches the third period – Graig Abel via NHL Interactive It’s upsetting that the last three games of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ season were entirely devoid of meaning. Practically locked into the four spot, Randy Carlyle had the opportunity to skate new line combinations, start his backup goalie or get Jake Gardiner going….

Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre makes save of the year candidate

It’s Game One of the series between the Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans. The Marlies are buying into the organizational philosophy of “get out-shot and somehow not lose”, down 29-9 on the shot clock after 40 but tied 3-3. Thanks to Drew MacIntyre, of course, who made this absurd save against Johan Larsson.