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Why Nazem Kadri Is A Game-Changer In This Series

In the weeks leading up to the Leafs’ first-round tilt with the Boston Bruins, the question of whether or not they could handle the boogeyman Bruins after last season’s seven-game loss boiled down to how far their depth could take them. At the time, many argued last year that the Leafs were already a deep…

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Postgame: 2 Playoff Teams

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes, who are a playoff team. 1st Period Are the playoffs starting yet? Jake Muzzin and Andreas Johnsson were out for the Leafs, which means Trevor Moore stays in and Martin Marincin returns to the lineup beside Calle Rosen. The first period started off with an…

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LGD: Hurry, Canes!

Good morning! Fresh off of their playoff-clinching victory in Brooklyn last night, the Leafs are back at it tonight, hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Arena. The Canes are coming off of a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that’s left their playoff hopes still uncertain. With the Canadiens and Blue Jackets both in action tonight…

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LGD: Cleanup On Isle Two

It’s a Game Day! Game 79 of the regular season takes the Leafs to Brooklyn as they continue their quest to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders clinched a berth two days ago, while the Leafs – in a tougher division with a tough run of late – are still awaiting…

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Taking Inventory: Making The Most Of The Leafs’ Imperfect Situation

There’s a saying about March – in like a lion, out like a lamb.  For the Leafs, the saying should probably be something closer to “in like a slightly wounded and underperforming lion, out like a lamb that should hopefully have its D-core back together soon”. Then again, that doesn’t exactly have the same ring to…

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LGD: Restless

Good Morning, It’s A Game Day! The Leafs are back in action in Philadelphia tonight, where they have a date with the Flyers. Philly, while not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, would need a miracle (i.e. winning out while the Habs and Blue Jackets both lose out) to qualify at this point. The Leafs, meanwhile,…

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LGD: Down To Business

Good morning!  It’s a Game Day. The Leafs are back in action tonight against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs have put together three consecutive strong games, but have only mustered a 1-1-1 record over that span, for reasons only the Hockey Gods can likely explain. The Panthers, meanwhile, may not be mathematically…

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Leafs Sign Nic Petan For 2-Years

The Leafs announced today that they’ve signed forward Nic Petan to a 2-year contract. Petan, 23, will make $775,000 per year over the course of his new deal. He has appeared in five games for the Leafs since being acquired from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Pär Lindholm. He’s registered one goal in that…

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Postgame: Back At It

Before the game, I tweeted: ATTENTION: I am posting Leafs Groot early to bless Garret Sparks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/rsLubSLmKv — March of the Kapanens🍩 (Not Kappy) (@ThatsKappy) March 20, 2019 People got mad at me, obviously, because of course I’d jinxed the team, right? Wrong. The Leafs won, and they looked…

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LGD: Buffalow

We still doing this? The Leafs have dropped four of their last five, and are coming off of being shut out by the Nashville Predators. That being said, they looked much more defensively sound. Hopefully that carries over to tonight, as Garret Sparks and the Toronto Maple Leafs pay visit to the Buffalo Sabres on…

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LGD: Prey For The Leafs

How are we all feeling? It’s a Game Day! It’s been well over a week since the Leafs last played hockey – or so I choose to believe. Tonight, they might play some in Nashville against the Predators. One can only hope, at least. The Leafs have lost three of their last four and have…

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Postgame: So Close, So Far

The Leafs lost 5-4 after being down 5-0. How do you emotionally process something like that? 1st & 18:26 through the 2nd Period 18:26 of the 2nd Andreas Johnsson 🚨 Johnsson tips Rielly’s point shot 5-hole on Crawford. 5-1. pic.twitter.com/kt98CE09L5 — Flintor (@TheFlintor) March 14, 2019 3rd Period Auston Matthews 🚨 Banks it off of…