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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...

Game #15 Preview - Leafs vs Panthers

Coming off of a humiliating 7-0 loss on home ice Saturday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-4-1) will look to bounce back as they host the Florida Panthers (6-4-3) tonight. The Panthers have surprised many teams this season with their play. Led by first year coach Kevin Dineen, the Panthers have become a trapping team who thrive on the counter attack. Former Leaf Kris (I love my mouthguard) Versteeg currently leads the Panthers with 13 points in 13 games. Super prospect Jakob Markstrom was returned to the AHL yesterday, so look for one of Jose Theodore or Scott Clemmensen to get the start tonight.

The Leafs have successfully responded with a victory following their other three losse...

This Was One to Forget - Bruins Embarras Leafs 7-0

Much to the delight of Hockey Night in Canada announcers Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy the Boston Bruins completely demolished the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Rookie Ben Scrivens started his second straight game for the blue and white, however tonight was nothing like his first game. Although the Leafs didn't really give him much help, Scrivens would definitely like to have some of the goals back. Mercifully the Leafs replaced Scrivens with Jonas Gustavsson after the fifth Bruins goal. 

Tyler Seguin had a hat trick on the night to lead the Bruins. While Milan Lucic added two goals and an assist. David Krejci and Shawn Thornton were the other goal scorers. Toni...

Game #14 Preview - Leafs vs Bruins

Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada the first place Toronto Maple Leafs (9-3-1) will host the last place Boston Bruins (4-7-0). Yes, you read that correctly. The Leafs are coming will be looking to win their third game in four nights, against a struggling Bruins squad. Although Boston handed the Leafs their worst loss of the season (a 6-2 loss in October 20), the defending champs haven't really gotten rolling yet. The Bruins are a good team, and it's just a matter of time before they begin to move up the standings. Much like Thursday against Columbus, the Leafs need to take advantage of a reeling Bruins team while they can. 

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Deja Vu - Leafs Beat Jackets 4-1

 

 

On a night when most Leafs fans were expected James Reimer to return to the net, they were instead surprised to see Ben Scrivens (Reimer 2.0) get the start instead. The former Hobey Baker finalist made his first career NHL start, and boy did he put on a show. The last place Jackets came out on fire, outshooting the blue and white 11-4 in the opening frame. Scrivens made some spectacular stops, but also made the routine ones look easy (something that Reimer excels at and Jonas Gustavsson struggles with).

Although the Leafs were under siege throughout the first period, they still managed to lead 2-0 on goals by Joey Crabb (his second in two games since being ...

Game #13 Preview - Jackets vs Leafs

For the second time in the last seven days the Toronto Maple Leafs will attempt to sweep both ends of a back to back. Unable to complete the sweep against the Senators on Sunday, the Leafs try again tonight against the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets (2-9-1). Columbus is currently 30th overall in the NHL with only five points. The Blue Jackets have been forced to deal with suspensions to key players (James Wisniewksi 8 games) and major injuries (both Jeff Carter and Kristian Huselius), to begin the year.

The fifth highest payroll team in the NHL has certainly fallen on hard times so far. With rumours swirling in regards to possible coaching and managerial changes, this Jackets team...

Times Have Changed - Leafs Beat Devils 5-3

 

In the 2001 and 2002 NHL playoffs the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils faced off in two physical, emotional and hard fought series. With Martin Brodeur in the net for the Devils and Curtis Joseph for the Leafs, one constant those two years was great goaltending. After watching last night's 5-3 Leafs victory it's  obvious that the rivalry and intensity between these two teams is dead. Some old warriors from that Devils dynasty in Patrick Elias, Petr Sykora and of course Brodeur are playing out their final days, but they are simply running on fumes as the Devils drown in mediocrity.   Coming off of a six game absence due to a shoulder injury, Brodeu...

Game #12 Preview - Devils vs Leafs

 

To start this young season the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-1) have managed to bounce back after every loss with a big win. Tonight the Leafs will attempt to continue that streak as they meet the New Jersey Devils (4-4-1) in the midst of this brief three game road trip. The Leafs and Devils both lost road games on Sunday night. The Leafs going down 3-2 to Ottawa, while the Devils were defeated 3-1 by the Dallas Stars. 

New Jersey will have Martin Brodeur back in the lineup, but the Devils struggles weren't between the pipes. As coach Peter Deboer said "I’m sure it gives you a lift. Obviously (Brodeur) may be the best goaltender of all time, and one ...

Can History Repeat Itself?

Heading into the 2009-2010 regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs had an undisputed #1 goalie (Jean Sebastian Giguere), a back up looking to become a dependable NHL’er (Jonas Gustavsson...