Archive for October, 2013

James Reimer’s Stock Is On The Rise: Is It Time To Trade Him?

October 31st, 2013 No Comments

Don’t look now, for the first time in more than a decade, the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have their goaltending woes solved. Not since Eddie Belfour and, before him, Curtis Joseph, roamed the crease, have the Maple Leafs enjoyed the type of goaltending they have received from the likes of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer this season. Heading into Toronto’s tilt against the Vancouver Canucks this Saturday night, Reimer owns an unblemished 4-0-0 record (1.99 goals against average, 0.949 save percentage), while Bernier owns an equally impressive 6-4-0 record (2.31 GAA, 0.933 SV%). Through ten games played, Bernier owns the seventh best save percentage, 13th best goals against average and ranks fifth overall with 305 saves. Meanwhile, in a more limited role, Reimer owns the second best save percentage and the seventh best goals against average. Given Toronto’s penchant

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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Calgary Flames: Gameday

October 30th, 2013 No Comments

Fresh off an impressive 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers, the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to faceoff against a surprising Calgary Flames team, which, despite many experts picking them to finish at the bottom of the NHL standings this season, has earned a respectable 5-4-2 record through 11 games. Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel continues to be red hot (7 goals, three assists in his past ten games), earning second star status from the NHL last week and scoring another two goals (one of which was highlight reel worthy) Tuesday night against the Oilers. Kessel’s pair of goals brought his season total to nine— good enough to put Kessel third overall in goals scored and second overall in the NHL scoring race with 18 points, just behind Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, who has 20 points on the season.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Gameday

October 25th, 2013 No Comments

Fresh off their convincing 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, the Toronto Maple Leafs embark on a trip to Columbus where they will take on the surging Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus enters tonight’s tilt on a hot streak, putting together a two-game winning streak after struggling to start the season. Entering the game with an impressive 7-3 record, Toronto’s lineup will get a shot in the arm when free agent signing David Clarkson makes his regular season debut. Clarkson enters Toronto’s lineup after serving a ten game suspension for leaving the bench to come to the aid of Phil Kessel in pre-season action against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle has yet to tip his hat as to which line Clarkson will play on, but you can bet whichever line Clarkson flanks, he be ready

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Morgan Rielly To Stick With The Maple Leafs

October 24th, 2013 No Comments

With Toronto Maple Leafs rookie defenseman Morgan Rielly’s nine-game audition coming to an end, it appears as if he will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle announced Rielly would be sticking around after practice Thursday. “Morgan will stay with our hockey club”, said Carlyle. For his part Rielly was happy with the news. “It’s a pretty good feeling, but I’ve got a lot left to prove.” With time running out on Rielly’s audition, the Maple Leafs had to make a decision. Under the terms of the CBA agreement, all rookie Junior-eligible players are eligible to play nine NHL games before a year is knocked off of their entry-level contract.  Obviously, the Leafs felt Rielly played well enough to burn a year of his eligibility, rather than sending him back down to Junior where

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Toronto Maple Leafs: At The Ten Game Mark

October 23rd, 2013 No Comments

If you are a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs you have to be happy with the Blue and White’s 7-3 record after ten games. Sure, the Leafs may have been outplayed by the opposition on occasion and the Buds inability to keep opposing shooters at bay is alarming, but all-in-all, a 7-3 record, no matter how the Buds got there, is impressive. Toronto’s first ten games included a six-game winning streak, a win against the Anaheim Ducks, a tough loss to the Colorado Avalanche and a predictable loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. When you consider the overall stats, the Leafs have been nothing short of impressive. Toronto currently ranks fifth overall in goals per game (3.30), tenth overall in goals against per game (2.40), second overall on the power play (28.2% success rate), fifth overall on the penalty kill

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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Anaheim Ducks: Gameday

October 22nd, 2013 No Comments

After an impressive 6-1 start to the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves in a two-game slide. Despite their overall 6-3 record, the Maple Leafs have been outclassed more times than not this season. Toronto’s biggest issue thus far has been their inability to keep shots down, as opponents have averaged 35.6 shots against per game, ranking the Blue and White 28th overall. In an effort to get their shots against down head coach Randy Carlye will be looking for his team to adopt a more puck-possession focused game, while also asking his troops to step up the pace. Obviously, the Maple Leafs defense has struggled, but Carlyle has always demanded a team-game, which means the forwards will have to pick up the slack on the backend as well.  Carl Gunnarsson (15) and Rookie defenseman Morgan Rielly (14), lead

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