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Game Preview #48 - Leafs vs Islanders

 

With the Toronto Maple Leafs (23-19-5) hosting the surging New York Islanders (19-21-6) tonight in the front half of a home and home series it is crucial that at this time tomorrow the Leafs will have taken two points in regulation. The Islanders are thriving having won four of their last five games, and are planning on starting Evgeny Nabokov the reigning third star of the week in goal.

Up front the Islanders and Leafs are quite si...

A Win on the Road in the Hangar

The Habs once again went to the Air Canada Center to take on the Maple Leafs. Carey Price returned to take his place in the nets to face Jonas Gustafsson for the Leafs. Second game against his former team for Tomas Kaberle. The Habs healthy scratches are Petteri Nokelainen and Yannick Webber, so once again 11 forwards and 7 defensemen dressed for the Habs.

The first period was played mostly in the Montreal end of the ice however not a lot of shots. The first shot from the Habs came at nearly the halfway ppoint of the first on a short-handed breakaway by Lars Eller and it was stopped by Gustafsson. The period featured nice flow and passes. The first goal was a bizarre bounce when ple...

Game Preview #47 - Leafs vs Canadiens

 

he Toronto Maple Leafs (23-18-5) will face off tonight against the Montreal Canadiens (17-21-9) in a game that is important to the Leafs, but critical to the Habs. With a Leafs victory tonight, coupled with a Florida Panther loss in Winnipeg, the buds will vault back into the playoffs heading into the stretch run of the season. The Canadiens are currently sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings, nine points off the pace. In what has been an extremely trying and disappointing season for le bleu, blanc et rouge a loss tonight may be the fina...

Canadiens Fall to Penguins Heading Into Game Day: Montreal @ Toronto

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 - 4 Montreal Canadiens (SO)

 

The Montreal Canadiens paid a visit to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After finding themselves up 4-2 to start the third, the Canadiens had trouble holding the lead, and ended up with a 5-4 shootout loss.

 

The first period opened up with Lars Eller scoring his ninth of the season just 34 seconds into the first period, giving the Canadiens an early lead. The rough stuff started soon after as Max Paciorett...

Take it With a Grain of Salt - Leafs Beat Wild 4-1

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs ended their mini three game losing streak and avoided losing four consecutive games for the first time since 2010, as they soundly defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1 at the Air Canada Centre. Nazem Kadri converted a Joffrey Lupul pass less than a minute into the game, and the Leafs didn't look back. The goal was 4th in his 15th game this season. Considering Kadri was a healthy scratch Tuesday night against Ottawa, the Leafs' top prospect started the game with an edge. The new scrambled forward units instantly paid off as Toronto...

Game Preview #46 - Leafs vs Wild

 

Had the match up of the Toronto Maple Leafs (22-18-5) and the Minnesota Wild (22-17-7) taken place six weeks ago, then you would have had a game between two of the best teams in their respective conferences. Yet tonight we have a game between a Leafs team that has lost three consecutive games, and are currently sitting three points out of the eight and final playoff spot in the east. The Wild enter this evening's affair in the midst of a dreadful 2-10-4 streak that has seen them fall from 1st in the Western conference to 9th. 

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Kessel and Lupul Split, is it Time for Bigger Changes?

The Mix Up

On the “breaking news” that Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel had been split up to balance out the line up, it might be time to consider that this team needs more than a little spark to reach the post season dance. The Toronto Maple Leafs have failed to qualify for the playoffs since the 2003-04 season. Fans have been tortured with “quick fixes” which have been just as effective as get rich quick schemes. With Brian Burke at the helm, this team has undergone a large, quick, and incredibly effective thus far rebuild, although you’ll never get Brian Burke to call it that.

When Phil Kessel was acquired, Leaf fans cringed at the loss of two first roun...

Game Preview #44 - Leafs vs Senators

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (22-17-5) enter tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators (25-16-6) off of two straight losses that have caused them to slip out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Due to this fact the Leafs will make some changes to their lineup. Goalie James Reimer will start his first game of 2012, as his previous start was on New Years Eve. Centre Tyler Bozak will also return to the lineup having missed the last nine games with a shoulder injury. Bozak will re-unite with winger Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul who are mired in a season...

Leafs trade on the horizon?

 

Josh Rimer, from NHL Home Ice on SiriusXM Radio, tweeted this yesterday: “From what I'm told Gardiner might have a real short stay in minors as Leafs could be making a trade in next 24-48 hrs.”

I don’t normally place much stock in sources outside of Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, because any jackass can fabricate rumours if there’s a logical basis, but Rimer, as far as the “Twitterverse” is concerned, is a legitimate source. Rimer later emphasized that a trade “could” happen, and nothing is set in stone.

We know general manager Brian Burke is working the phones right now. It’s mid-January---when he typical...

Schenn on the way out?

As the end of January approaches, so too does a trade from Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke to bolster his team and elude the madness of the trade deadline.

Burke has stated publicly that he has at least one trade on the burner and he's in conversations with one or more teams. If he pulls the trigger on any deal, however, it will have to a) add size to the top-six unit, and b) upgrade the Leafs for this season as they make a push for the post-season. The only exception, Burke said hypothetically, would be to trade "a 22-year-old for another 22-year-old who plays a different position" in order to fill a need---like, for example, a lack of size in the top-...