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TLN Three Stars: Auston Mattrick takes the Leafs above the Sens

As the Leafs took the miserable misers in Ottawa for a 6-5 win, it was an Auston Matthews hat trick, or “Mattrick”, that helped the Leafs to be victorious tonight. But as always, it was not just the Leafs’ top scorer that put them over the top in this game. 3rd Star: Zach Hyman Man,…

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Can the Leafs make it a 5-game win streak tonight against the Canadiens?

At 7:30pm tonight our beloved Maple Leafs will take on the storied rival Montreal Canadiens. Having won their last 4 games out in Alberta and Manitoba, they return home tonight to face Montreal at the start of a short 2-game home stand. The Canadiens have held their own this year, but haven’t been the second-best…

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Identifying good, affordable players to buy at the deadline market

Arguably the most exciting time of the season, the NHL trade deadline is just around the corner. After Monday April 12th at 3:00 pm in Toronto (it’s set on Toronto time because the NHL knows that’s where its money comes from), teams will no longer be able to trade players and have them play in…

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Staturday Weekly Column #13: Just how good is Jack Campbell?

If a meme could say it all, I would leave at just a meme. But it’s true: Jack Campbell is SO hot right now. He has won all 8 of his starts so far this season and is making a pretty air-tight case that he’s the best choice for starting goaltender that the Maple Leafs…

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Alex Galchenyuk draws in; what’s his story?

As you may have seen, the Leafs will have a debut tonight in their recently acquired center/winger Alex Galchenyuk: Alex Galchenyuk will make his Toronto Maple Leafs debut tonight. Wayne Simmonds will play. — luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) March 19, 2021 The former Montreal Canadien (to intentionally avoid listing all of the teams he’s formerly played…

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Leafs knocked down a peg, losing second game against Vancouver

After a quick goal the Canucks scored to take an early lead in the first period, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their excellent play this season to take over this game for the rest of that period. Their defending looked excellent, limiting the Canucks to low-danger chances mostly. They also showed elite passing and movement…

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Staturday Weekly Column #9: Why everyone should love William Nylander

There’s always been a tumultuous relationship between Maple Leafs fans and high skill, low grit players. From Jason Blake, to Phil Kessel, to Jake Gardiner, to now William Nylander, there’s a common theme with these players and the love-hate dichotomy in the fandom. It comes down to perspective: do you want a player who gives…

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Staturday Weekly Column #8: Corsi Report Cards!

As the NHL season quickly progresses, we find ourselves already at game #12 tonight for the Maple Leafs, and we are just crossing the precipice of having enough data to semi-accurately predict future results, at least when it comes to the basic counting stats. Research has shown that Corsi can predict the win % of…