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Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts vs Arizona: A New Lease on Life

I mean, Tyson Barrie said it best. The guys skating around in Leafs sweaters on Thursday night sure looked different than the guys skating around on Saturday. It was a totally different team, from the tactics, to the body language on the bench, to the post-game scrums. The Maple Leafs won a game. And they…

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Rachel Doerrie’s Pre-Game: 5 Things to Watch For vs. Pittsburgh

The Maple Leafs roll into Pittsburgh tonight with both teams playing the second half of a back to back with travel and coming off losses on Friday night. Toronto played at home, while Pittsburgh played in New Jersey, so both are on a relatively level playing field. Here are five things to watch for: 1)…

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Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts From the Hall of Fame Game

Another day, another loss to the Bruins. The difference? You could make a legitimate argument that the Leafs were the best team on the night. The Maple Leafs dominated for long stretches against the Bruins and were undone by mental lapses. There are a ton of positives in the Leafs play, but that’s just not…

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Rachel Doerrie’s Pre-Game: 5 Things to Watch For vs Philly

As they say in the dressing room, the boys are buzzing! The Maple Leafs enter the final game of their homestead on a three-game win streak, which happened to start against these very Flyers. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope tonight’s game doesn’t require an 11-round shootout where only three goals are scored. According to DailyFaceOff,…

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Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts vs. LA: Zzzzzzzzzzzz

The Maple Leafs playing the LA Kings on Tuesday nigh–zzzzzzzzzzz! This was one of the most boring Leafs games in a long while. Through the first 50 minutes, both teams COMBINED for 35 shots. People complain that it’s quiet in Scotiabank Arena, but the game was so boring, you could’ve taken a nap and not…

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Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts: The Good, The Dumb, and The Ovechkin Spot

The Maple Leafs…started on time last night?! Is that allowed? Apparently it is, and they did. This is NOT a drill, people! Well, I suppose that’s progress, right? Auston Matthew showed up to play tonight with two high-quality goals and a brilliant back check(?!) to nullify a breakaway. Another positive is that the Leafs, including…

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Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts on the Maple Leafs’ Loss in Montreal

On the second game of a back to back, it seemed like the Leafs gave up an odd-man rush or breakaway every 5 minutes. The much-discussed defence struggled tonight — particularly Barrie, who gift-wrapped multiple goals on the evening. I think Andersen stops the first two goals, but anytime you’re asking your goalie to stop…

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Doerrie: Why Rasmus Sandin Will Benefit From A Marlies Return

On Monday morning, the Maple Leafs Leafs announced that Rasmus Sandin had been loaned to the Marlies. The fresh-faced rookie has played six games with the big club before his demotion, averaging 12:13 in ice-time. That’s about what you’d expect from a kid playing sheltered minutes on the third pairing, especially under a coach known…