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Really Special Teams

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The Leafs have made arguably their greatest strides in special teams one season to the next.

The power play last spring was 6th best league-wide and 16 games into this season they remain 6th clicking at an amazing 24.1 percent success rate.

Tyler Bozak has contributed with 5 power play goals already this season tying his entire campaign total from 2013-14.

Bozak leads the NHL in power play tallies sharing that lead with the Penguins Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin.

“It was kind of a slow start, but the last couple of years we’ve […]

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Bend But Rarely Break

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The Leafs recent trend of giving up the game’s opening goal especially in the last 4 games is a dangerous deficit in which to come back from.
Toronto for its part has managed to go 2-1-1 in those 4 games due in part to improved compete- level and new found resilience in the 3rd period.

Third period collapses are legendary in these parts dating back to Boston and game 7 in the spring of 2013.
Last season the Leafs were outshot 949 to 755 in the 3rd period and outscored 93-79.

This season points […]

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Getaway Day

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The Leafs departed Denver Friday morning bruised but in good shape otherwise following a hard earned point the night before.

Daniel Winnik looked fine beyond a welt to a cheekbone following a scary spill 14 seconds into his only shift.

Winnik’s durability can’t be questioned. He’s missed only eight games the past four seasons even playing 84 games in the 2011-12 campaign between Colorado and San Jose.

Jake Gardiner walked without a limp Friday morning.

Gardiner played only 2:55 after blocking a shot leaving the game with a bone bruise.

The status of both players […]

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Mile High Expectations

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The Toronto Maple Leafs enter a 2nd straight game where expectations surely revolve around 2 points and nothing less. They struggled early Tuesday against a struggling club in Arizona losing 3-2.

Tonight they’ll face an Avalanche team that has won only twice in its last 11 games and has given up 3 or more goals in 11 of 14 games this season.

Colorado dropped a 5-2 decision to Vancouver Tuesday and addressed the situation with a players only meeting afterwards. It’s a far cry from last season’s 112 point campaign, the 2nd […]

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A Competitive Crease

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The Maple Leafs practiced in Scottsdale, Arizona Wednesday morning prior to an afternoon flight to Denver.

Twelve games into the regular season the buzz along media row for this day at least was goaltending and who exactly was 1a and 1b.
James Reimer got the start in Phoenix following Saturday’s 45 save performance against Chicago on Saturday.

Jonathan Bernier had given up just one goal in his previous two starts and expected to get the nod last night.
He didn’t and will likely get his shot Thursday in Colorado when he gets an opportunity […]

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Game Day in Arizona

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Another gorgeous day in Scotsdale, Arizona as the Maple Leafs declined their usual game day skate this morning in exchange for meetings and a light workout at the team hotel.

The Leafs are undefeated in regulation on the road this season at 3-0-1 and a good 1st period tonight is critical.

Toronto is 5-0 when scoring the game’s opening goal and play an Arizona team that has given up 17 first period goals this season.

Possession will be another key as the Coyotes are 2nd in the NHL in faceoff success at 54.6 […]

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Hooked on Phoenix

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The Maple Leafs were in good spirits as they left chilly Toronto Monday morning for the warm climes of Phoenix and a mid-afternoon practice in suburban Scottsdale.

At 23 celsius Arizona might be warm but the Leafs are hoping to get hot. They’re 4-1-1 in their past 6 games and plus 8 at even strength in their last three contests.

Toronto and more specifically James Reimer weathered a 3rd period barrage Saturday night that saw  Chicago put 26 shots on the Leaf net.
For the record the team record for shots against in […]

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Hello Columbus

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Columbus tonight looking for a second straight win and hoping to match the work ethic that held Buffalo to just 10 shots Tuesday night.

The Sabres are not the Blue Jackets but Columbus does enter this game with eight regulars out of the lineup. The Jackets made the post season last spring despite 292 man games lost to injury.

Cody Franson knows that the team who swept the Leafs in three regular season games last campaign will be very tough tonight.

“They’re going to be a hard […]

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Ready and Raring

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Carter Ashton hasn’t played in an NHL regular season game since last April 8th in Tampa Bay.

The Winnipeg native played 32 games with the big club last season splitting his time with the Toronto Marlies as well. It was with the Marlies that Ashton would play his best hockey producing 21 points in 22 regular season games including 16 goals.

So it’s surprising that through 47 career games in the NHL Ashton is still looking for his 1st goal.

That won’t happen until he gets an opportunity to play, something that hasn’t […]

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Daniel My Brother

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As the eldest of two hockey playing brothers Andrew Winnik was a trailblazer of sorts for his younger sibling Daniel growing up in Mississauga.
Two years his junior usually prevented Daniel from playing with his older brother until the pair teamed up with the Wexford Raiders in the 2001-02 season.

That collaboration lasted one campaign before Andrew was off to Ferris State on a scholarship.

A year later and Daniel took his talents to the University of New Hampshire where he’d star with the WildCats for three seasons.
And while Andrew’s pro career consisted […]

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