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The TLN Three Stars: We pretty well saw that coming, didn’t we?

After the Penguins announced that most of their players were missing, it seemed inevitable that our beloved Maple Leafs would lose this game. But to lose in such spectacular, disastrous fashion, I don’t think even the most pessimistic Leafs fan could have called that. To lose by 6 goals was depressing, to say the least….

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Mitch Marner is still elite, even if it doesn’t look that way

There has been a swell of vitriol growing around Mitchell Marner. Who could blame anyone for being frustrated that the team’s supposed best player is not living up to the expectations? Especially when he basically set those expectations for himself with the very public contract negotiation where he was clearly demanding to be paid like…

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Keefe’s Leafs: what is this team doing differently?

After two incomplete seasons as the Leafs’ head coach, it feels like Sheldon Keefe has been around here a long time. But at the head coaching position in the NHL, he came into this season with just over 100 games under his belt, a little more than 1 full season. Now, 2 games into the…

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Here we go again: Advanced Stats and Analytics Primer, Part 2

Last week, in Part 1 of this primer on advanced stats and analytics, we looked at some stats and resources that cover the foundation of what we can call “advanced stats” or “analytics” in hockey. To recap: Corsi (CF%) measures how many shot attempts (shots, misses, blocked shots) there are while a player is on…

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TLN Top 20 Leafs: #7 Morgan Rielly

NOTE: TheLeafsNation is run out of Canada, on the traditional and treaty territory of Indigenous and First Nations peoples. We are posting this content today, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, while respectfully keeping our minds on what we each need to do for the betterment of our collective society between settlers, Indigenous peoples,…

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Expect a battle for final roster spots tonight as the Leafs face the Sens

After splitting the “series” with the Canadiens to start the preseason, the Maple Leafs head to Ottawa tonight for their 3rd preseason game. Yesterday, Sheldon Keefe mentioned that Toronto wouldn’t be bringing any of its top players to Ottawa for tonight’s game, so tonight will primarily be focused on those battles for the last few…

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Burning Question: Can Jack Campbell’s success continue?

Last year, Jack Campbell soared into the hearts of Leafs nation as he fairly won the starting goaltending position from Frederik Andersen. His rise to that role was entrhalling, and will certainly earn him the chance to keep that role, despite the Leafs bringing in an established goalie into the fold in Petr Mrazek. However…

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Here we go again: Advanced Stats and Analytics Primer, Part 1

As we get ready to enter the 2021-22 NHL season, I thought it would be a good idea to re-run a primer on what advanced stats and analytical tools we have to use. So, if have ever wanted to learn more about analytics in hockey, this is the post for you. This is essentially a…

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Should Nikita Gusev and/or Josh Ho-Sang make the Leafs roster?

The Leafs announced yesterday that they will be bringing former New Jersey Devil and Florida Panther Nikita Gusev on for a Professional Try-Out (PTO) this training camp. The PTO allows the Leafs to bring the player officially into their training camp, without offering them a contract for the season yet. They also announced that @Joshua…

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What left wingers should play in the top-6?

Few things are abundantly agreeable in Leafs Nation, but one of those few is that our top two centres are Auston Matthews at one and John Tavares at two. Another almost certainly agreeable fact is that our top two right wingers are Mitch Marner at one and William Nylander at two. With four of the…