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Five Things The Maple Leafs Must Do To Be Successful In 2012

December 31st, 2011 3 Comments

Just shy of 40 games into the 2011-12 season and the Toronto Maple Leafs are exactly where many pundits thought they would be. For some, it was in a playoff position—which the Maple Leafs are. For others, it was fighting for a playoff spot—which after tonight’s tilt against the Winnipeg Jets, might just be where the Maple Leafs are. Either way, as good as the Maple Leafs have been, what it amounts to are results that are just a little north of mediocre. Case and point, the average NHL team has earned about 41 points. Through 37 games, the Maple Leafs have earned 41 points! So, what will it take for the Maple Leafs to have a successful 2012? For some, a successful season will only be so should the Maple Leafs make the playoffs. For others, a successful season

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Maple Leafs Set To Do Battle With Hurricanes

December 29th, 2011 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs will take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in what can only be called the battle of two struggling clubs. Toronto and Carolina enter tonight’s tilt with identical 4-4-2 records in their past ten games, with Toronto dropping four of their past six games, while Carolina has lost three of their past five games. For Toronto, a win against the Hurricanes would go a long way in solidifying their playoff hopes. The Buds started their current three game road trip by dropping a 5-3 decision to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night, putting the Leafs dangerously close to dipping below the playoff threshold in the standings. As it stands right now, the Maple Leafs sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference  just one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets (who they will play on Saturday night

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Toronto Maple Leafs: The Biggest Concerns Heading Into 2012

December 28th, 2011 3 Comments

With just two games to go in the 2011 schedule for our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs there is a lot to be thankful for and yet, there is a lot of concern growing. First, a look at what the Leafs Nation is thankful for. After 36 games played the Maple Leafs currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, good enough for a playoff spot. Now, sixth place is hardly epic, but it is a great improvement upon seasons past, which is why we are all so grateful. Keep in mind, there is only nine points separating first and eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, with just three points separating sixth from tenth. Make no mistake about it, it is officially crunch time, and the Maple Leafs know it. Phil Kessel continues to dominate the score sheets, posting

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Kadri’s Time To Shine Is Now

December 21st, 2011 No Comments

November’s AHL player of the month and former first round draft choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs (seventh overall) Nazem Kadri has been called up by the big club and is expected to be in the lineup when the Maple Leafs play host to the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. Kadri, who has been called up by the Maple Leafs numerous times amongst great hype in the past only to quickly fizzle out, has been given yet another opportunity to shine. With Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul supplying most of the Maple Leafs offense this season, there is plenty of room for a player of Kadri’s considerable offensive talent—the question is, will Kadri showcase his talents this time around or simply fall short of expectations for the umpteenth time? The road to the NHL has not been easy for Kadri. Injuries,

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Little To Cheer About In December For Maple Leafs

December 17th, 2011 5 Comments

Heading into December we predicted that the Toronto Maple Leafs were entering a make or break month where their playoff aspirations were concerned. Case and point— 11 of the Maple Leafs 13 games in December were to be against Eastern Conference foes, thus there was little room for error for the Buds. Six games into the December schedule and the sad reality is the Maple leafs have not been good enough, posting just two wins in their past six, including loses to the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. The Maple Leafs recent lackadaisical play has seen the Blue and White fall dangerously close to being out of as playoff spot for the first time this season. In today’s parity filled NHL, any extended losing streak will cost you a playoff spot—a point not likely lost

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Maple Leafs Need To Get Serious About Their Penalty Kill

December 11th, 2011 1 Comment

Over the past three seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs have emerged with the 29th, 30th and 30th ranked penalty kills, respectively. The 2011-12 season has brought the same poor results for the Maple Leafs as, through 29 games the Blue and White own the 29th ranked penalty kill. The Maple Leafs penalty kill hit an all-time low when they gave up four power play goals to the Washington Capitals on Friday night. The Leafs would lose the game by a final tally of 4-2 and a little more confidence along the way. An early season injury to the defensive minded Colby Armstrong and number one goaltender James Reimer for over a month hampered the Maple Leafs’ penalty kill early on in the season. That said, plenty of blame for the Maple Leafs abysmal PK has to go to the current

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