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LGD: Leafs finish road trip on a whale hunting expedition

Tonight, the Leafs head to the Western edge of Canada to take on the Vancouver Canucks. This will be the 3rd and final game of the Western Canadian road trip, after beating the Oilers and the Flames this past week. On the edge of a playoff spot, the Canucks are doing much better than many…

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Saving Nikita Zaitsev from Mike Babcock

The Leafs’ defence has been in a bit of a tailspin lately. There was that disaster in Carolina, allowing 73 shot attempts at even-strength. Over the last 5 games, they’ve allowed an average of 53 even strength attempts against, which is significantly higher than the current league average of 44 per game. Before this bad…

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LGD: Maple Leafs aim to raze the Capitals

The flailing Washington Capitals travel to Toronto tonight, 7pm ET to face the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Center. The game will be shown on CBC on Hockey Night in Canada. Both teams played last night, and both were victorious. The Capitals beat an excellent Lightning team, while the Leafs took down an exciting…

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LGD: Blue-Hot Maple Leafs take on Stinking Toilet Seats

It’s funny because the Leafs are blue and also blue is a hotter flame temperature than red. And also the Canadiens logo looks like a toilet seat. Right. Anyway… The Leafs take on the struggling Montreal Canadiens tonight in Montreal. It’s an excellent opportunity for the Leafs to continue their 5 game win streak against…

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Postgame: Leafs Come Ahead of Devils in OT

The Leafs took on the Devils in Toronto tonight, their second meeting of the year. Here’s how it went: 1st period The first part of the period was definitely highlighted by some strong play by Brian Boyle in his return to Toronto as well as a great shift by the Kadri line and some good…

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LGD: A second poke at the bear

The Leafs snuck out a great win last night in Toronto against the Bruins with a late comeback to win in OT. This was an important division rivalry game and they get a second opportunity tonight to beat the B’s, this time in Boston. Coming off of a good home stand, winning 3 straight at…

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Leafs Post-game: Barn Burning 3rd Period, Ultimately Unsuccessful for Leafs

The game tonight was played in Kanata, which over the years has been a 2nd home rink for the Leafs. It was a hard fought and definitely entertaining game. Especially in the third period. Maple Leafs Lines Forward lines (via Mark Masters, morning skate) Zach Hyman-Auston Matthews-William Nylander Patrick Marleau-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov JvR-Tyler Bozak-Connor Brown…

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LGD: Rivalry night in Canada; Leafs vs. Habs

Tonight the Leafs will face the first division rivalry of the season, and it’s one that the Leafs should be very cautious about. The game will air at 7pm on CBC, and will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Canadiens team coming into tonight has been bad. Like, incredibly bad. They have only one…

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LeBrun: JVR’s contract likely to be similar to TJ Oshie’s

Today on Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun of the TSN and The Athletic made some comments related to the Leafs’ biggest ticket pending UFA, James Van Riemsdyk. Here is what he said: There haven’t been any serious discussions, I’m told, on [JVR’s contract], but certainly some dialogue, and what I’m hearing is that I think that…

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WWYD: Is Rychel on the team, or On The Road Again?

So far we have had two entries in our What Would You Do? series. The first looked at Josh Leivo, by myself and Ian Tulloch. Most recently, Jon Steitzer and Scott Maxwell discussed Andreas Johnsson. Today, Jon and I are going to explain our viewpoints on Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old joined the Leafs’ system a…