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Alter: Auston Matthews strives to reach new heights for the Maple Leafs

In the middle of his sixth season in the NHL and about to captain another team in his fourth All-Star game, Auston Matthews is no longer the type of player who flies under an opponents’ radar. But this year, the Scottsdale, Arizona native has added something else to his game…Leadership. “I definitely think it’s time…

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Maple Leafs give Campbell goal support in complete effort against Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — After his team dug out of yet another hole on Monday night, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe implored his team to bring a more complete effort against the New Jersey Devils when the teams met again on Tuesday. If not for themselves but for their starting goaltender… Jack Campbell who…

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Alter: It’s way too early to panic about Jack Campbell

For Jack Campbell, January couldn’t end soon enough. On Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender was pulled after he allowed three goals on nine shots against the lowly New Jersey Devils. That capped a month in which the team’s starting goaltender finished with a save percentage of .880 and a goals-against average of 3.57. But…

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Maple Leafs’ Muzzin takes ‘a step back’, out through All-Star break

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin has taken “a step back” in his recovery from a concussion, according to head coach Sheldon Keefe. “‘They (Maple Leafs medical team) will continue to monitor him and work with him with hopes to ramp things up again as we get back from the break,” Keefe said after the…

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Maple Leafs’ Mrazek to start against Red Wings on Saturday

The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to give Petr Mrazek some more games, beginning on Saturday night when he takes on his former team, the Detroit Red Wings. “We’re going to need Petr a lot here coming up and the New Jersey (Devils) back-to-back that is early next week, that in itself we know we…

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Maple Leafs’ Liljegren back on the ice after head injury

Timothy Liljegren was back on the ice at practice on Friday and scheduled to be back in the lineup when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. “I feel pretty good and I had no symptoms at all,” the defenceman said. Liljegren suffered a head injury in the first period when…

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Marner, Nylander, Tavares score as Maple Leafs’ top power-play down Ducks

When your special teams are firing on cylinders, sometimes it really doesn’t matter how you shuffle up your lines. The Maple Leafs scored all three of their regulation goals on the power play in a 4-3 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The top power-play unit consisting of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William…

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Maple Leafs’ Nylander moved to third line at practice

The Toronto Maple Leafs shuffled up their lines at practice Monday. The most notable change saw William Nylander move outside of the club’s top-six group to the third line to skate with Alex Kerfoot and David Kampf. #Leafs D-Pairs at practice Jan. 24/22 Rielly-BrodieSandin-HollDermott-LiljegrenMuzzin (non-contact)Biega. — David Alter (@dalter) January 24, 2022 Adjustments were expected…