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Maple Leafs Pregame #17: 5 things to watch for against Vegas

What happens in Toronto stays in Toronto, and hopefully what happens is the Leafs keep on winning. Lineups LW C RW Forwards JOHN TAVARES Rating: 78.7#11 C ANDREAS JOHNSSON Rating: 73.9#44 LW WILLIAM NYLANDER Rating: 73.5#44 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 75.83#4 FL2 ALEXANDER KERFOOT Rating: 72.7#92 C NIC PETAN Rating: 72.0#113 LW FREDERIK GAUTHIER Rating: 68.8#114 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 70.50#23…

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Maple Leafs Pregame #16: 5 Things to Watch against the Kings

No matter how much people try to get me to care what Drew Doughty thinks you won’t be successful and frankly it doesn’t really change the way I view a Tuesday night game against the Kings. Los Angeles is a terrible team and the Leafs need to continue getting their season on track. This a…

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Leafs recalling Petan is significant

Here’s the thing, players shuffling back and forth between the Marlies and Leafs is pretty standard practice and doesn’t need to generate a whole lot of discussion. Last year if we say the tweet below, it would probably be met with a shoulder shrug and most of us would be able to carry on our…

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Please stop asking opposition players how to fix the Leafs

Every now and then a new annoying trend in sports occurs. For the past couple of seasons that trend seemed to be podcasting, but now something new has emerged, and it’s the Toronto media asking any player with a cup ring what is wrong with the current version of the Maple Leafs. As a starting…

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Eulogy for October Freddie Andersen

Frederik Andersen is the best Leafs goaltender I have seen in my adult life. I want to start with that, because I think it’s important we establish that he’s a goaltender worth believing in and there’s a lot of reasons to believe he’ll get better. Now that the qualifier has been put out there, we…

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Petan sent to the Marlies, but for how long?

With the return of John Tavares possible for tomorrow night, the Leafs have taken the necessary step of demoting one of their players. Forward Nic Petan has been loaned to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). #LeafsForever — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 1, 2019 Nic Petan has been returned to the Marlies. You might ask, why Nic Petan?…

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Friedman hints a couple of rumours involving the Leafs

When you start the season winning 6 out of 14 games it’s not surprising that there is some talk of shakeup. Elliotte Friedman gave us a couple of names to consider in his 31 Thoughts column… 8. Evan Rodrigues has played just six games for Buffalo. There are teams who really liked what they saw…

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Doomsday Prep Work for the Leafs Blueline Injuries

It doesn’t seem like a stretch to call Jake Muzzin the Leafs best defenseman so far this year. If you are not willing to grant me that, would you at least agree that the bulk of the defensive heavy lifting falls on his shoulders? Of the Leafs every game defensemen he has the lowest number…

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Babcock provides updates on Tavares & Hyman

Always exciting to get a nothing imminent update, but we’ll take what we can get around these parts… Mike Babcock says John Tavares will likely return to the #leafs lineup before Zach Hyman. Neither is expected back this weekend. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 29, 2019 So that’s a bit of news. Tavares is just…

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Maple Leafs Pregame #14: 5 Things to Watch against the Capitals

Not a heck of a lot of Leafs hockey this week. We’ll have to enjoy what we get, and tonight we get the return of Travis Dermott, which is good. Unfortunately the Leafs get the very good Washington Capitals team, which is bad. It would be nice to see the Leafs rise to the occasion…

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The Dermott’s Back in Town

A rare piece of good news in Leafs land this morning… Dermott skating alongside Holl this morning , looks like he’s a go for tomorrow. #LeafsForever — Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) October 28, 2019 That’s encouraging. Now let’s break down what it means to get the word count up on this post. #1. This likely spells…