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LGD: Quality of Competition

Embed from Getty Images Morgan Rielly, when asked if he talks about the playoffs given where the Leafs are right now (via NHL.com): In meetings, no. Amongst each other at dinner, absolutely. I think if you don’t come to the rink with the attitude that you’re going to be playing in the playoffs, you’re already…

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Analyzing Toronto’s Game Score from December

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS After every month of hockey, it’s good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That’s my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October’s here and November’s here. For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it’s a single number stat meant…

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TLN Monday Mailbag: January 2nd

It’s the first Monday Mailbag of the new year! Fun fact: It almost wasn’t, because its presently forty minutes to midnight this is the first serious thought I gave to writing this thing today. Needless to say, not my brightest moment. Maybe the following responses will be a little bit better:

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Auston Matthews’ OT winner might be Toronto’s watershed moment

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS Those who have followed the Toronto Maple Leafs through the rebuild process have been hearing constantly about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks. After all, they’re two of hockey’s most perrenially competitive teams, two of three teams that have made multiple stops to the Stanley Cup well in the…

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20 facts about the Doug Gilmour trade on its 25th anniversary

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS It’s still discussed as an era-changing moment in Maple Leafs lore.  Although its impact never brought about a single Stanley Cup Final, it did awaken a slumbering (or infuriated) fanbase, and create a whole new set of memories for the next generation that came around a little late for…

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Leafs Postgame: A Centennial Classic

Embed from Getty Images With the way most of these outdoor NHL games become so much of a spectacle, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the two points on the line. And for the Leafs, climbing into the thick of the playoff race due to a strong month of December, another win against a divisional opponent…

How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 6 of the WJC?

Embed from Getty Images Day 6 marked the conclusion of the preliminary round of this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, as the tournament’s quarterfinal matchups were finally solidified yesterday night after Russia beat Slovakia 2-0 in Toronto.      Sweden’s victory over the Czech Republic signified the fourth year in a row in which Sweden has…

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LGD: Take It Outside, Boys

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS Look, I’m really excited for this game. Outdoor games might be losing their league-wide lustre as far as TV ratings go, but they’re a cool draw for the local fanbases and I’ve been waiting for Toronto to host their own forever. Now that I’m not worried about the grass…

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SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY: Red Wings @ Leafs

The #CentennialClassic is here and we’ve asked writers from both LeafsNation and WingsNation to give their take on the first matchup of 2017. We’ve also put together a few notes to get you ready for the first Nation Network battle of the year.