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Many Rivals Don’t Want The Maple Leafs To Be Patient

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SPORTS We all see that scripted warning (more a statement of fact) etched on top of the glass in a car’s rear-view mirrors: OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. We notice it, probably, for the first time, as a little kid, and we think we know what it…

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Examining the Neutral Zone play of the Leafs’ defence corps

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS Many of us who write about hockey from a statistical standpoint are fond of using Corsi, otherwise known as shot attempt ratio, to describe the general flow of play when various players or teams are on the ice.  The idea is that a team with a ratio above 50%…

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LGD: Stretch Run

Embed from Getty Images Tomorrow will mark the beginning of February, and the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs will be in the thick of the eastern conference playoff race. I just wrote those words in real life.  With the All-Star weekend behind us, the team now embarks on a very busy second-half run where they’ll start to close the…

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Kerby Rychel represents Marlies at AHL All Star Weekend

The American Hockey League had its own All-Star Weekend in Glen Falls, New York, just off to the side of the NHL’s festivities in much further away Los Angeles. Auston Matthews represented the Leafs in the big-league game, but down below? Look no further than Brendan Leipsic and Kasperi Kapanen to represent the Marlies and…

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TLN Monday Mailbag: January 30th

Funny thing about last week’s mailbag: It doesn’t exist. I actually got a bunch of questions, but it was a hectic Monday both in terms of the amount of content we had on here and in the number of things I had to do in the, uhh, “real world”. But we’re back, and I’m armed with…

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How did Auston Matthews do at the the All Star Game?

Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY SPORTS Last night, NHL All-Star and, most importantly, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews took part in the first half of the weekend’s on-ice festivities: the Skills Competition. He did well at times, and not so well at others. Today, however, was the actual game, which saw Matthews trade…

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Furies Postgame: Furies Sweep Blades

Toronto Furies’ goaltender, Christina Kessler as she makes a save. (Photo Credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL) The Toronto Furies took the second to last weekend of the 2016-17 in a decisive fashion. With a solid 3-1 win on Saturday night, and an impressive 5-1 win today, the Furies swept the weekend, and clinched their place…

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Leafs Rookies Dominating at the All Star Break

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS We all know the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookies are killing it. We’ve been singing the praises of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita Soshnikov, and Frederik Gauthier throughout the year, but with the All-Star Break giving us a break from tracked hockey,…

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Auston Matthews shows skills at All Star Competition

Photo Credit: Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY SPORTS On Saturday night, the National Hockey League hosted the Skills Competition component of their All-Star Festivities. Maple Leafs rookie phenom Auston Matthews made appearances in multiple events, with performances ranging from disappointing to excitement inducing.

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Marlies sweep weekend with win over St. John’s

Are the Toronto Marlies back? Well, it sure seems like it, as the team returns to 0.500 thanks to their fifth win in sixth games, a 4-0 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps which gives them both the positive results in a weekend with a quick turnaround and extends their actual winning streak to four…

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Furies Postgame: Furies Win, Clinch Clarkson Cup Playoff Berth

Toronto’s Jenelle Kohanchuk chases for the puck. (Photo Credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL) The Toronto Furies faced off against the Boston Blades in their second to last weekend series of the CWHL regular season. With a clinching spot in the Clarkson Cup Playoffs coming to them if they won, the Furies were in it to…