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Maple Leafs: Kapanen’s Start Cause for Concern?

It’s six games into the 2019-20 season and already there are theories and thoughts coming from all angles on what’s wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs and how they could’ve had a better start to the season – even if their losses came against the St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and a speedy Montreal Canadiens. But one of the bigger discussions that has surfaced as of late is whether or not Kasperi Kapanen should be taken off the team’s top line with John Tavares. Through the team’s first ...
Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Kasperi Kapanen, Top Story

Hurricanes Must Be Patient with Aho

Off to one of their best starts in franchise history, the Carolina Hurricanes don’t need to worry about much. Center Sebastian Aho’s production, or lack thereof, would be at the top of the short list, almost by default. The Conference-Leading Hurricanes Maybe if the Hurricanes didn’t have an Eastern Conference-leading 10 points, the situation would be different. As it stands now, they can afford to be patient with their newly re-signed star center in Aho, who has a solitary (empty-net) g...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Montreal Canadiens, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, Metropolitan Division, Jakub Voracek, Ryan Johansen, Teuvo Teravainen, Erik Haula, Ryan Dzingel, Sebastian Aho

HNIC And The Leafs

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette, Obviously, the column on Hockey Night in Canada and its slavish devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs had struck a nerve. And while at least half the letters were from fans of the Canadiens, there were substantial responses from another Canadian NHL cities, especially Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver. The verdict? People outside Toronto are mad as hell. They have no choice but to go on taking it from Rogers, Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and (to...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Canada, Ford, Vancouver, NHL, Montreal, Edmonton, Canadiens, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Gazette, HNIC

Maple Leafs Player News: An Optimistic Look at a Team’s Losing Streak

Here’s the deal. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to perhaps the best team in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Thursday evening, 7-4. The score doesn’t lie: after a wild first period, the team was crushed thereafter. The Maple Leafs hung around for a bit, but then folded like a cheap suit (a phrase which implies that a cheap suit would be of light material and, without a lining, would have little substance and would fold easily). Related: Maple Leafs Team News: Collapse, Basketball, Cherr...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, John Tavares, William Nylander, Andreas Johnsson

5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs Blowout Loss to Lightning

What an absolute stinker. At least that’s the case if you’re a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs following their 7-3 blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The two teams combined for seven first period goals, in which the Maple Leafs came out down one heading into the second frame. While the Maple Leafs disappointed the home crowd, the Lightning saw one of their standouts from last season have an impressive debut to the season, while their opponents in blue and white can still find...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Detroit, Tampa Bay Lightning, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Steven Stamkos, Matthews, Nikita Kucherov, Andersen, Kevin Shattenkirk

Spezza Works His Way Out of Maple Leafs’ Press Box

On Thursday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting, their second consecutive test from a Stanley Cup contender after being dealt a hard-fought 3-2 loss by the team that hoisted the Cup last season – the St. Louis Blues. As the club prepares for their Atlantic Division showdown Thursday, veteran Jason Spezza will skate in his second consecutive contest for the first time this season after being involved in the early-season fourth-line ...
Tags: Sport, Canada, Newfoundland, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Columbus, Ottawa, Dallas Stars, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Atlantic Division, Jason Spezza, St Louis Blues

NHL Weekly Notebook: Star Players Mostly OK with Video Game Ratings

Dylan Larkin did a double-take the first time he saw the list. Sure, the 23-year-old centre has led the Detroit Red Wings in scoring the last two seasons, is one of the fastest players in hockey and could captain his team one day. But sneaking into the top-50 ranking of EA Sports’ “NHL 20” video game? That came as a surprise. “I thought it was pretty high,” Larkin said of the 88 overall rating (out of 100) that earned him the No. 50 spot. “I never thought I’d be named in the top-50 N...
Tags: Usa, Video Games, NFL, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, San Jose, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Calgary, Edmonton, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders

Maple Leafs Special Teams Report: Both Units Off to Fine Starts

There’s much to talk about early in the 2019-20 Toronto Maple Leafs season. Line combinations seems to be at the forefront, but there’s also the emergence of Rasmus Sandin, new defense pairings and, of course, the results. What has seemed to fly under the radar to this point has been the work of the Maple Leafs’ special teams units. After all, the club brought in 33-year-old assistant Paul McFarland from the Florida Panthers due in part to his quality of work with a Panthers’ power play that ...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Washington, Sport, Nashville, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Detroit, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens

Auston Matthews' shot variability makes defending him a nightmare

Kyle Cantlon and Sarah Jenkins talk about Matthews' new one-timer, and ability to shoot from anywhere on the ice.
Tags: News, Auston Matthews, Matthews, Sarah Jenkins, Kyle Cantlon

Maple Leafs Problem: Is Kapanen Helping the Tavares Line?

I start this post with a question I have considered since the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Montreal Canadiens: Is John Tavares hurt? The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs and losing is seldom good. However, did the team lose the effectiveness of its newly-named captain after he was pin-balled by Canadiens Jesperi Kotkaniemi and then totally crushed by the big defenseman Shea Weber. Related: Mitch Marner Contract Equals Chaos for NHL Teams Other than the fact that Tavares was obvio...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Gm, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Weber, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, Matthews, Simmons, Nazem Kadri

Are the Maple Leafs’ Line Combinations Working?

We’re four games into the Toronto Maple Leafs 2019-20 campaign and there’s already plenty to take about. After opening with two straight wins, the team has dropped back-to-back contests, although Monday’s hard-fought loss to the St. Louis Blues represented a big bounce-back effort, result aside. There’s not much room for moral victories in the NHL, so look for the Maple Leafs to buckle down and come out hard against the seemingly struggling Tampa Bay Lighting on Thursday night before a showdo...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Jets, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Finn, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason Spezza, Marlies, Moore, St Louis Blues

Nylander & Spezza Shine for Maple Leafs in Loss to Blues

Hockey is a funny game, and sometimes the best team on the ice for a particular evening doesn’t win the game. Although I might be too optimistic, that’s what I saw during the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 loss to the Stanley Cup Champs, the St. Louis Blues. In fact, perhaps this was the Maple Leafs best game so far in the season and they still lost. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Captaincy, Top-6 Combos, Marner, Spezza Toronto held the edge in shot attempts (62.6 percent), high-danger chan...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason Spezza, Matthews, Alex Pietrangelo, Cody Ceci, Binnington, Jordan Binnington, Brayden Schenn, William Nylander, Nylander

Maple Leafs Weekly: 2 Wins Points, Saturday Collapse, Matthews’ Hot Start, More

We aren’t even a full week into the 2019-20 Toronto Maple Leafs’ season, and there’s already plenty of action to dive into after the played three games last week including their first back-to-back series. In my second edition of Maple Leafs Weekly, I’ll look at the early results that include points in all three contests, the white-hot start to Auston Matthews’ season, and what happened in the third period on Saturday night, as well as the review the week ahead. Quality Start to the Leafs ...
Tags: Column, Toronto, Sport, Blues, Dallas, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Detroit, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs

5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs 3-2 Loss to Blues

Well, it was only a matter of time until the Toronto Maple Leafs lost their first regulation game of the season and it came with the team having played four games in six days and against the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Still, it was an exciting game and one that kept fans on the edges of their seats with the Blues leaving Toronto with a 3-2 victory backed by local boy Jordan Binnington. Still, the team will look at the video over the next several days and while they will fi...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Blues, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason Spezza, St Louis Blues, Alex Pietrangelo, Binnington

Video/Audio- Anthony Mantha On His Hot Start

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet, The Detroit Red Wings are 2-0-0 out of the gates, thanks in large part to the team’s top line of Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. The trio have already combined for a whopping 16 points with Mantha in particular taking his game to new heights early in the 2019-20 campaign. Heading into Monday’s action, Mantha sat tied with Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews for the league lead in goals with five and sits alone in second plac...
Tags: Sport, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mika Zibanejad, Larkin, Mike Johnston, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Bertuzzi, Mantha, Hockey Central at Noon, Anthony Mantha Dylan Larkin, New York Rangers Mantha

Zibanejad, Mantha, Matthews Named NHL’s 3 Stars of Week

New York Rangers centre Mika Zibanejad, Detroit Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha and Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Sunday. Zibanejad, an Ottawa Senators first-round pick in 2011, had eight points (four goals, four assists) in a pair of wins for the Rangers. The Swede capped his big week with a hat trick and an assist in Ottawa on Saturday night. He’s the first NHL player since 1995 to record eight or more points in the first two games....
Tags: News, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Red Wings, Matthews, The Canadian Press, Mika Zibanejad

Ranking Every Calder Trophy Winner Since 2005

Everyone loves when a young, exciting star comes into the NHL and dominates right out of the gate. The Calder Memorial Trophy is given out each year to the league’s best rookie, with many winners later taking home other hardware, such as the league’s Hart Memorial Trophy. Which Calder Trophy-winning seasons have been the best in recent memory? 14. Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers – 2012-13 The lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL campaign will always seem a bit weird when looking back and ...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, North America, Chicago Blackhawks, Calder, Steve Mason, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrick Kane, Vancouver Canucks, Alex Ovechkin

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Oct. 7, 2019) – New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 6. Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"
Tags: New York, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, New York Rangers, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mika Zibanejad, Anthony Mantha

Maple Leafs Team News: Collapse, Basketball, Cherry & Tavares’ Baby

The Toronto Maple Leafs led 4-1 early in the third period when the Montreal Canadiens scored four straight goals – including one on Jeff Petry’s penalty shot. A power-play goal with just over a minute left in regulation by Auston Matthews (his NHL-leading fifth of the season) tied it up, but the Maple Leafs eventually lost in a shootout. That isn’t good news for the team. Its offense is elite, but they still found a way to lose. In watching the game, I watched a team that gave up numerous od...
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5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs Shootout Loss to Canadiens

The first week of the NHL season is over – at least for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had three games in the first four days of the season. A goal-filled affair against their rival Montreal Canadiens on Saturday ended with the Canadiens taking a 6-5 shootout win out of the hands of the Maple Leafs, with the Leafs finishing with five of a possible six points through their first three games. While the Maple Leafs did steal a point with the shootout loss, the did give up a three-goal lead in the ...
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Notes Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, - Cap space is precious, so when you can save a million on a player, it is important to do so. And maybe the Maple Leafs did overpay by a slight degree in giving Mitch Marner $10.893 million per on a six-year deal. But there is value, and most certainly in Toronto, to being done with contract talk surrounding Marner for the next five years. Had he signed for the same three years that fellow restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk, Brayden Point, ...
Tags: New York Post, Toronto, Sport, Rangers, Islanders, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner, Marner, Larry Brooks, Josh Ho Sang, Alexandre Daigle, Charlie McAvoy, Matthew Tkachuk Brayden Point Brock Boeser

Game #3 Review: Montreal Canadiens 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (SO)

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a perfect three-for-three start firmly in hand before a total third-period collapse — partially salvaged by a late Auston Matthews tying goal to grab a point — spoiled the first Leafs vs. Habs HNIC rivalry game of the season. First Period For the third consecutive game, the Buds came out […] The post Game #3 Review: Montreal Canadiens 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (SO) appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Sport, Montreal Canadiens, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Game Reviews

'That's a game we've got to put away' Maple Leafs speak to giving up the lead and shootout loss

John Tavares, Mike Babcock, and Auston Matthews talk about the fatigue of back to back games, and playing a lot of hockey right out the gate.
Tags: News, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, John Tavares Mike Babcock

Marner, Maple Leafs ruin Blue Jackets' opener

Mitch Marner had two goals and an assist, Morgan Rielly added three assists, and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 Friday night. Cody Ceci and Auston Matthews also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won their first two games of the season. John Tavares added two assists.
Tags: NHL, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cody Ceci, John Tavares, Morgan Rielly, Mitch Marner, Marner Maple Leafs

Mitch Marner scores twice, Maple Leafs beat Blue Jackets 4-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mitch Marner scored twice and added an assist, Frederik Andersen made 28 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday night. Auston Matthews had a goal and a pair of assists, and Cody Ceci — who came from Ottawa in an offseason trade — got […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Ottawa, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, COLUMBUS Ohio, Cody Ceci, Frederik Andersen, Mitch Marner

NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS * Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored in his fourth straight season-opening contest to join rare company in both NHL and franchise record books. * Teammates Connor McDavid (GWG) and Leon Draisaitl (1-2—3) – who each hit the 100-point mark in 2018-19 – factored on all three Oilers goals as Edmonton snapped Vancouver’s win streak in season-opening games. * Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th career goal in a season opener, the most among active players, whi...
Tags: Sport, Vancouver, NHL, Edmonton, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Marc Andre Fleury, Leon Draisaitl, Golden Knights

NHL regular season predictions and award winners

The NHL season is here and here's a look at Joe Haggerty's predictions for the 2019-20 NHL season. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning – They won 62 games last season and return the majority of their group after stumbling in the first round. 2. Toronto Maple Leafs – It will be interesting to see how the Leafs deal with Mitch Marner, John Tavares and Auston Matthews all commanding over $10 million per season.
Tags: NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Joe Haggerty, Mitch Marner John Tavares

[Leafs Links] Insider consensus leaning towards John Tavares as next Toronto Maple Leafs captain

In Friday’s Leafs Links, Elliotte Friedman, Darren Dreger, and Brian Burke all believe the decision to name John Tavares the 19th captain in Toronto Maple Leafs history precedes the news about Auston Matthews’ disorderly conduct charge. Leafs Links Elliotte Friedman: “Decent chance it’s Tavares” (WGR 550) Friedman believes the decision was already made to go […] The post [Leafs Links] Insider consensus leaning towards John Tavares as next Toronto Maple Leafs captain appeared first on Maple Leafs...
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Auston Matthews, Mike Babcock, John Tavares and Morgan Rielly address Matthews allegations

Mike Babcock, Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, and John Tavares addressed media on the news of Auston Matthews’ disorderly conduct charge. All quotes below are transcribed in full and formatted for clarity. Auston Matthews’ statement Thanks, guys, for coming. It’s not something that any of us wish we were talking about today, but unfortunately, it is […] The post Auston Matthews, Mike Babcock, John Tavares and Morgan Rielly address Matthews allegations appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
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Auston Matthews charged with disorderly conduct — disruptive behavior: Details of police report revealed

Details are emerging about the disorderly conduct — disruptive behavior charge Auston Matthews is facing in the state of Arizona related to a May 2019 incident at Matthews’ condominium complex in Scottsdale. Allegedly intoxicated after a night of drinking with friends, it is alleged Matthews and his friends attempted to open the car door of […] The post Auston Matthews charged with disorderly conduct — disruptive behavior: Details of police report revealed appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
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