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Game #20 Preview - Leafs vs Capitals

 

The injury ravaged Toronto Maple Leafs (10-7-2) will host the Washington Capitals (10-6-1) tonight at the Air Canada Centre. It has been announced that Jonas Gustavsson will start for the Leafs. Gustavsson hasn't played in four games since his nightmarish display against the Florida Panthers (3 soft goals on 21 shots). With the Leafs set to face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow afternoon Gustavsson was set to play in one of the two weekend games. The Capitals are coming off of a 4-1 loss Thursday night, and like the Leafs they have struggled lately goin...

Murphy's Law - Predators take down Leafs 4-1.

 

Having lost five of the last six games the angry villagers have begun to descend upon the Toronto Maple Leafs. The most recent setback came last night as the Nashville Predators preyed on an injury ravaged Leafs squad. As discussed in my game preview yesterday, the Predators are a defensively sound team that capitalizes on their opponents mistakes. Although the Leafs carried the play throughout the first period (outshooting Nashville 9-3), goalie Ben Scrivens and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson got their wires crossed and Martin Erat scored on the Preds' fir...

Game #19 Preview - Predators vs Leafs

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (10-6-2) are in Nashville tonight to take on the consistently successful Predators (9-5-3). In the six seasons since the lockout the Predators have managed to advance to the playoffs five times in the tough Western conference. Similar to the the Leafs’ last opponent (the Phoenix Coyotes), the unbelievably spartan Predaors rely on their systems and strong goaltending.

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A Good Loss - Coyotes over Leafs 3-2 in SO

 

On a night in which the Leafs were down 2-0 less than six minutes into the game this evening could have gone in a very bad direction. An early Dion Phaneuf mistake led to another odd man rush against the Leafs, and Coyotes captain Shane Doan made the Leafs pay. Oliver Ekman Larsson then floated a wrist shot past a dazed Ben Scrivens and the Leafs were scrambling. For the next five minutes of the first period, the Leafs defensive game was nowhere to be found...

Game Preview #18 - Leafs vs Coyotes

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (10-6-1) will attempt to right the ship tonight against the always consistent Phoenix Coyotes (8-4-3). The Coyotes play a strong defensive minded supplemented by an opportunistic counter attack. In their previous meeting last season the Coyotes completely dominated Toronto in a 5-1 victory. Phoenix has been riding hot goaltender Mike Smith all season. The former Star and Lightning back up has had a breakout season so far with a stellar 2.22 GAA and .931 Save pct. Two weeks ago the Leafs were lucky enough to face two struggl...

You Take It, I Got It - Senators over Leafs

 

On a night in which the Toronto Maple Leafs had two of their best centre icemen of the last twenty years (Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmore) in attendance, the boys in blue and white were not able to get over the hump against the Ottawa Senators. The Senators were play the back end of a back to back, and didn’t record a shot until the 13 minute mark of the first period. The Leafs had every opportunity to come away with the victory tonight, but a couple ...

Game #17 Preview - Leafs vs Senators

 

Coming off an unconvincing victory, the Toronto Maple Leafs (10-5-1) will look to not only continue their hot start to this season against the Ottawa Senators (7-9-1) tonight, but to also do so in a fashion that pleases the fanbase. The criticism of the way that the Leafs have been achieving their victories has been puzzling. It seems that a fanbase that hasn't seen the playoffs since 2004 is not content with the division leading Leafs because they've been outshot in too many games. Well, I'd rather see the blue and white win some games then out...

On My Shoulders Boys - Leafs defeat Blues 3-2

With the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to rebound from their first mini losing streak of the season (2 games), it was crucial for the blue and white to get off to a great start against the St. Louis Blues. In what coach Ron Wilson described as the best period the Leafs have played this season, Toronto dominated the opening frame out shooting the Blues 14-8. On the strength of power play goals from John Michael Liles and Phil Kessel, Toronto took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Leafs were able to carry the play mostly due to their strong skating and quick puck movement. Unable to keep up with the Leafs, St.Louis was c...

Game #16 Preview - Blues vs Leafs

Having lost back to back games for the first time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-5-1) are looking to get back on the right track tonight as they take on their old Norris division rival the St. Louis Blues (7-7-0). The Blues are coming off of a solid 3-0 beat down of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Having replaced the fired Davis Payne with Ken Hitchcock earlier this week, the underachieving Blues will be looking to play well for their new coach. Having not seen much of St. Louis in recent years, fans should expect to see a really tough and aggressive team tonight. With players such as David Backes, T.J Oshie and Chris Stewart the Leafs will need to focus on keeping the a...

The Other Shoe Has Dropped - Panthers Over Leafs 5-1

 

 

Since the moment James Reimer was removed from the net on October 22, Leaf fans have been expecting Jonas Gustavsson to play the way he played last night. While "The Monster" did go on a nice run for 6 games (4-2-0), the third year netminder was still allowing three goals a game. Against the Panthers Gustavsson cost his fragile team a valuable two points. With the Leafs looking to rebound from Saturday night's humbling 7-0 loss, the game against the Panthers was expected to be a night in which the blue and white got back on track. 

As has happened a couple of times this season, the Leafs came out of the gate flat. Florida outshot the buds...