Toronto Maple Leafs Look Like A MASH Unit

November 18th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Thursday night’s tilt against the Nashville Predators the Toronto Maple Leafs were already dealing with an assortment of injuries to goaltender James Reimer and forwards Colby Armstrong, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur. Given the injuries to those four players and the importance of the roles each of those players has with the team, nobody was surprised when the Buds took it on the chin by a final score of 4-1 Thursday night. Going forward, it would appear as if the Maple Leafs will be hard-pressed to rack up the Wins as news has now surfaced that defenseman Mike Komisarek and forward Matthew Lombardi will be out for up to three weeks after succumbing to injuries against the Preds. Both Komisarek and Lombardi left Thursday’s game with what are being called “upper-body injuries.” Nothing is written in stone, but

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Injuries Could Derail Maple Leafs

November 16th, 2011 2 Comments

In a season that has already seen the Toronto Maple Leafs have to endure long-term injuries to starting goaltender James Reimer and forwards Tim Connolly and Colby Armstrong, the announcement that both Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur were injured during last nights 3-2 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes has more than a few fans of the Blue and White concerned. MacArthur left Tuesday night’s tilt after the second period with what is being reported as an upper-body injury, while Grabovski left the ice late in the third period after a collision at centre. While there is no word on either players’ status for Thursday nights game against the Nashville Predators, one has to think if Grabovski and MacArthur (two thirds of the Maple Leafs second unit) are out of the lineup they’ll be hard-pressed to earn the win. In

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Brendan Shanahan Decision Has Buffalo Fans Up In Arms

November 14th, 2011 11 Comments

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan met with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic to discuss the incident involving Lucic and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in which Lucic crashed into Miller when the two players went after a puck. After the meeting Shanahan announced that there would be no suspension handed down to Lucic, which has Buffalo fans enraged. Miller and Lucic collided near the faceoff circle. Lucic, who stands 6’3” tall and weighs in at nearly 230 pounds, sent Miller (6’2”, 175 pounds) flying, leading many Sabres fans to believe Lucic hit Miller on purpose, rather than “colliding” with the Sabres netminder. Miller was sidelined after the second period after attempting to finish the game with what Buffalo team officials were calling an “upper body injury”. A day later the Sabres would announce that Miller was, in fact, suffering from a

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Coaching Changes Not Helping Maple Leafs Penalty Kill

November 14th, 2011 2 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke announced that the team would not be retaining the services of Assistant coaches Tim Hunter and Keith Acton this summer, it was felt that former New York Islanders Coach Scott Gordon and former Northeastern University bench boss Greg Cronin would bring a new look to the Maple Leafs bench. For Burke, the direction of his team was not where he wanted it to be, which facilitated the need for change. Rather than fire Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson, Burke chose to allow Wilson a chance at redemption, allowing his friend (who did the hiring) to select his assistants. Gordon coached with Wilson during the 2010 Winter Olympics where he helped Team USA win a silver medal. One of his key responsibilities was handling Team USA’s penalty kill, which was very strong

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Plenty Of Questions Surround Toronto Maple Leafs Despite Win In St. Louis

November 11th, 2011 2 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and St.Louis Blues battled it out on Thursday night in what can only be called a steal of a win for the Maple Leafs. Despite being out shot 13-5 in the second period and 17-3 in the third (40-22 overall), the Maple Leafs held on for a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blues. If not for the heroics of rookie goaltender Ben Scrivens, who stopped 38 of 40 shots and made all three saves in the shootout, this game could have easily been an 8-2 disaster for the Buds. Scrivens earned a well-deserved first star selection for his efforts—the first of his career. Sloppy defensive coverage led to a number of odd man rushes for the Blues, while Toronto’s inability to contain the Blues offensive attack down low, both five-on-five and on the penalty kill, led

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Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. St. Louis Blues: Preview and Prediction

November 10th, 2011 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues faceoff tonight for what should be an entertaining game. Both teams enter tonight’s tilt with a 5-5-0 record in their past ten games and both teams have a number of question marks. For Toronto, the goaltending situation has gone from good with James Reimer between the pipes to the unknown with the likes of Jonas “nobody is calling me the Monster anymore” Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens (who will get the start tonight) playing in relief of Reimer. A potent offense covered up a number of flaws from the Maple Leafs, including a poor transition game and a penchant for getting caught flat footed—two areas of their game that have killed them in their first consecutive loses of the season to the Boston Bruins  and Florida Panthers, respectively, getting outscored 12-1 in the

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