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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-...

Game Preview #43 - Leafs vs Rangers

 

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (22-26-5) will get right back at it tonight following their loss in Buffalo last night as they host the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers (27-10-4) at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs have been one of the few teams that has had success against the Rangers this season going 2-0-0 thanks to a pair of 4-2 victories at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will look to bounce back following a disappointing 3-0 loss Thursday night to the red-hot Ottawa Senators. New York has been consistently solid across the board and...

Freaky Friday - Sabres Defeat Leafs 3-2

 

Regardless of the standings, or how the teams are playing heading into the game, the Toronto Maple Leafs always struggle in Buffalo against the Sabres. The Leafs were coming in on a four game winning streak with an opportunity to really put the screws to a slumping Sabres team that entered the game on a 2-7-1 stretch. However tonight's game in Buffalo was similar to most Leaf games in the name of the month arena (it's now called the First Niagara Centre).

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