Keys To Tonight’s Game 4

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We caught up with Leafs TV executive producer Mark Askin for his Keys To The Game as the Leafs-Bruins meet at Air Canada Centre in a crucial Game 4:

1. Do the Leafs have a second bounce back in them after a tough Game 3
2. Does Boston have another Game 3 performance tonight
3. Need to keep a close eye on the underrated Nathan Horton
4. James Reimer victim of team failures…has played well through the first three games
5. Faceoffs and the struggle to get the puck back after lost draws
6. Can the ...

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Leafs need to improve performance in face-off circle.

Leafs centreman Tyler Bozak has won only 43 per cent of his draws in the post-season.

Down 2-1 in their first round series against the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs need not look far for the answer.

The Bruins are dominating the face-off dot.

Overall, the Bruins have won 58 per cent of the face-offs in the series.

The Bruins have gone 91-73 in even-strength face-offs and won an astonishing 15 of 21 draws when down a man.

While that eight percent advantage does not seem huge, the Bruins have won 10 more face-offs a night than the Leafs.

From the Leafs point of view, the statistics are downright gruesome. ...

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Leafs Back To Work Tuesday

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The Maple Leafs practiced at the ACC on Tuesday as they get set for Game 4 on Wednesday (7pm CBC, 680News) looking to even the series at 2-2. The series shifts to Boston for Game 5 on Friday.

Here is how the Leafs lines looked but as we have found out earlier in this series, not sure exactly how much we can read into them:

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel
van Riemsdyk-Grabovski-Kulemin
Hamilton-Kadri-Frattin
Orr-McClement-Komarov
McLaren-Colborne-MacArthur

Take a look at all the post-practice video with Randy Carlyle, James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul, Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri, Carl Gunnarsson, Jay McClement, James Reimer ...

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Kadri looking to find a little quiet time.

Less can be more for Nazem Kadri.

Less can be more for Nazem Kadri.

If you need more evidence that the playoffs stand in polar opposite to the regular season, consider this fact.

Nazem Kadri doesn’t have to stand out. He doesn’t mind at all.

Going into the post-season, it was assumed the Leafs needed Kadri to counter what had been a dominant streak of play by the Bruins in handling the Leafs number one line.

The thinking was with the number one line of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and either Joffrey Lupul or James van Riemsdyk more or less ...

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#TMLtalk Playoff Ticket Giveaway

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We know you want to be at the ACC to watch the Leafs in action during the playoffs, well we are having a #TMLtalk Twitter contest to win playoff tickets on Monday, May 6th as part of Blue and White Day in Toronto.

Here is what you need to do:

Make sure you are following @mapleleafs on Twitter and be on the lookout Monday, May 6th at 9am for instructions.

There are a few rules so please read them here

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Leafs Nation Party In The Square

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This is a great time of year for Leafs Nation and we want you to celebrate it with other members of Leafs Nation. Below is all the info on everything that is happening at Maple Leaf Square for the next three Leafs games.

LEAFS NATION PARTY IN THE SQUARE #2– Presented by Molson Canadian
Saturday May 4

5:00pm – Gates Open – each attendee will receive a cheer towel upon entrance
5:30pm – Brooke Pashley along with Carlton the Bear and Alumni Jim McKenny and Bill Derlago greet the crowd
6:50pm–  Hockey Song sing a long ...

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Why Randy Carlyle should play Jake Gardiner

The Leafs have a chance for a little more of this.

Randy Carlyle has a fascinating choice to make in light of the series-ending injury incurred by Mike Kostka.

Carlyle can insert Jake Gardiner or Ryan O’Byrne into the lineup.

Certainly, O’Byrne has played more. Acquired at the trade deadline exactly for this kind of situation, O’Byrne last played April 24 against Tampa, a week after Gardiner.

The six-foot-five O’Byrne has played 308 NHL games and 19 post-season contests which, you should know is 19 more than the 22-year-old Gardiner.

That said, Carlyle should go with Gardiner.

The Leafs have a chance for a little ...

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Franson, Kessel Practice Ahead Of Game Two

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The Leafs welcomed Phil Kessel and Cody Franson back to practice a day head of Game 2 in Boston (7pm CBC, Sportsnet FAN590).

Both missed practice Thursday but are good to go Saturday.

Franson spoke with the media and said “I’m fine and ready to go tomorrow.”

Here is how the Leafs lines looked:

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel
van Riemsdyk-Grabovski-Kulemin
Komarov-Kadri-Hamilton
MacArthur-McClement-Orr
Frattin-Colborne-McLaren

It also appears that Jake Gardiner will draw back in the line up as he practiced on the second power play unit with John-Michael Liles. The Leafs first pair on defence on the power play was Dion Phaneuf and Cody ...

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Leafs-Bruins Series Stats Breakdown After Game One

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We will be updating the below graphic after every game against the Bruins with the latest stats.

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Latest From Boston

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The Leafs practiced at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University Thursday afternoon as they look ahead to Game 2.

Toronto was without Phil Kessel, Cody Franson and Mike Kostka at practice. Following the skate, head coach Randy Carlyle told the media that Kostka has a fractured finger, Franson a bruised foot and Kessel was given a maintenance day.

Carlyle was asked about possible lineup adjustments and said that he plans on making changes to the forward group who played in Game 1 while also noting that there will be at ...

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