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LGD – Game 54: Leafs @ Jets – Conference Three-zing cold

Back at it tonight, this time in Winnipeg, as the hot-cold pack road trip comes to an end with a game in a city where the temperature is too bloody cold and the wind is blowing too bloody hard. I think we can agree that no matter what happens tonight, the Leafs road trip would…

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Leafs postgame – Well, that escalated quickly

Pictured above is a win expectancy graph. They’re very popular in baseball and football, used to determine each team’s odds of winning the game at certain points. What I’ve mocked up is approximately what the Leafs win expectancy was tonight. Fell down early, caught back up, and then got to about a third of the…

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LGD – Game 53: Leafs @ Stars – Going streaking

I may have been wrong about Toronto’s game against Colorado. The data I’d looked at showed that the Leafs would get crushed in puck-possession against the Avalanche, being on the road and on the second half of a back-to-back. While they were beaten decisively in “close” situations, I didn’t anticipate just how good the team…

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Cody Franson’s struggles now over?

Wednesday afternoon, I was out and a TV at the place I was at had Sportsnet Connected on with the closed captioning on. “Is it any coincidence the Leafs win streak coincided with the Leafs acquisition of Tim Gleason?” said the closed captioning. It was presumably attributed to Damien Cox, but I’m going to assume…

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Leafs postgame – James Reimer best goalie in the building tonight

  In our Grade 8 English class, we were taught that there are three types of conflict for a narrative: Man versus Man, Man versus Nature, Man versus Himself. It seems an awful lot like the Leafs are angling for that third type. Oh, they decisively beat the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night, with a late…

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LGD – Game 52: Leafs @ Avalanche – Corsi splits

Another short LGD (but some fun statistical stuff) as there’s a quick turnaround between Phoenix and Colorado. The Avalanche are the brethren of the Leafs: got off to a super hot start (the Avs were the only team the Leafs lost to in their first seven games) mostly fuelled by goaltending, but both teams have…

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LGD – Game 51: Leafs @ Coyotes – [insert title here]

 Would a random name generator call anybody ‘Mike Smith’? Going to be a bit of a short LGD today. Justin has his prospect rankings coming down the pipe, and I want to discuss Nazem Kadri’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, but I took some time off to go to the NFC Championship on Sunday and…

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LGD – Game 50: Canadiens @ Leafs – The Cincuenta

  I always like to give these previews a bit of storyline or context heading in, but it’s difficult to do with Montreal. Our friends over at Eyes on the Prize have convinced themselves that Montreal’s record is not indicative of their play and that they’re simply lucky to be winning games lately. That certainly…

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Nazem Kadri trade rumours just won’t bloody die

Dave Nonis was on the radio talking about Nazem Kadri? Let me guess… did he say that Kadri is an important core piece of the Maple Leafs? That fans shouldn’t be too upset at his lack of production because the team took into consideration his unsustainable percentages a year ago? That Kadri’s play away from…

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Tyler Bozak’s having a productive few games

Image via Ice Hockey wiki Let’s talk about Tyler Bozak for one second: The most points Tyler Bozak has ever earned in one nine-game stretch of his National Hockey League career is 12, and that was the nine-game stretch ending with that game against Boston Tuesday. While he was held off the scoresheet Wednesday, he…