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Leafs Postgame: Roman Polak — Elite?

Happy Western Canada swing! This is evidently the Leafs’ first run-in with the Flames this year, and it goes pretty well, all things considered. The Leafs start off the road trip with a solid 4-1 win, which is not a bad way to open any road trip. Corsis (via corsica.hockey) 1st Period The game gets…

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Evaluating the Leafs’ performance over their four-game win streak

Coming into the season, expectations for the Leafs were (understandably) high. A playoff appearance — and one in which they acquitted themselves well — left fans optimistic and hungry for more. And then the Leafs started the season 7-2-0 and you could practically see the parade route getting planned. Then, as one might have expected,…

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LGD: Let’s Look Better Than Last Time

It’s gameday! Okay, okay. Let’s address the elephant in the room. I know it’s been addressed several times already on this site, but, uh. The Leafs are playing the still-undefeated-in-regulation Los Angeles Kings, and they’re doing it with Roman Polak in the lineup. And, uh, the last time they played the Kings at the ACC,…

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Morning After: still sucks

In case you’ve forgotten, we’re doing morning-after goal-by-goal recaps here at The Leafs Nation dot com this season. Last night saw the Leafs’ first loss of the season, which stinks. If you wanted to relive all the goals though, knock yourselves out. 1-0 Leafs James van Riemsdyk, he of the perpetual “trade him or keep…

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Leafs Postgame: Cory’s Glory

Now normally, the New Jersey Devils aren’t exactly my favorite team to watch. This is nothing against the team, and everything against the systems they deploy (from a fan perspective… KILL THE TRAP WITH FIRE.) However, it’s a brave new world, and these Devils are different. These Devils are fast, they’re skilled, and they’re really aggressive…

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Wallpaper Wednesday: William Nylander Edition

It’s probably no secret how we feel about William Nylander at TLN: We think he is a wonderful, talented, beautiful boy with really spectacular hair who brings us joy on a day-to-day basis. Also, he maybe should have been drafted higher than eighth overall, but we are not complaining because we like him as a…

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3 Storylines for the Leafs Heading Into Training Camp

As you’ve probably noticed, the Maple Leafs are back in town, marking the end of a summer that, frankly, seemed to drag by. Thursday was media day, and we got some fun behind-the-scenes content from the team social media accounts. (Hi, Timmy!) However, as with any team, there are some things up in the air…

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TLN Top Ten Plays: Jake Gardiner

Jake Gardiner seems to have been a polarizing figure over the course of his ongoing career, although I can’t for the life of me think why. Is it his occasional lapses in, uh, hockey sense? Sure, but those mistakes are much less common than you’d think by the way people talk about him. And when…

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TLN Top 20 Prospect Rankings 2017: #8 Andreas Johnsson

Hey, here’s a familiar name for you all. Andreas Johnsson made an appearance on last year’s iteration of Top 20 Prospect Rankings at #7, which means he fell one spot to #8 this year. Keep in mind though, all of the guys who were ranked above him last year could no longer be considered prospects…

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TLN Reviews: Hockey Abstract 2017

Before we begin, in the interest of full disclosure: The Leafs Nation was asked to read Hockey Abstract 2017 and write a review. I received a free PDF copy for the purpose of reviewing the text. While I’m moderately familiar with Rob Vollman’s works and internet presence and respect him immensely, I don’t know him…

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State of the (Leafs) Nation Survey

Hello, good people of TLN. We here at the blog are always looking to make it a fun, informative, and inclusive corner of the internet and the hockey world. We do our best, but we can always do better. That’s where this survey comes in. We want YOU, the readers, to tell us how we…

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Wallpaper Wednesday: Mitch Marner Edition

As you folks may know, we’re big fans of Mitch Marner here at TLN. This has a lot to do with his innate skill — of which he has bushels — but also because frankly, he’s a precious sunbeam of a human who just wants to play great hockey and help the Leafs win some…