TLN Three Stars: McDavid gets his fifth ever win against the Leafs

After many exciting games between the two (with most of them falling in the Leafs favour thankfully), the Leafs and Oilers concluded their nine game season series tonight. It lived up to the expectations of McDavid vs. Matthews, as there were chances galore at both ends of the ice. The Oilers opened the scoring with a Josh Archibald goal, but the Leafs followed with goals from Marner and Matthews in quick succession to make it 2-1 in the first. It would be scoreless for the second before Kyle Turris would score early in the third as the puck deflected off his knee and in the net to tie it. The game would once again find it’s way to overtime, but unfortunately the Leafs weren’t on the right side of it tonight, as Darnell Nurse would score the overtime winner and give the Oilers the win.
It sucked to see it end that way, but the Leafs played well and still got a point.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Auston Matthews
If there’s one positive we can take away from this game, it’s that Auston Matthews is officially back, or his wrist is. While it wasn’t his …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

A night of redemption and lots of goals as the Leafs take the win in Montreal

The rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens is as exciting as ever and the Leafs were looking to remind the Canadiens why they’re currently first place in their division and the league.
As the puck dropped for the first period at the Bell Centre, both teams were ready to go. The Toronto Maple Leafs were feeling good after back-to-back wins against the Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens had a week off after a 2-1 win against the Leafs last Saturday. The Leafs had a few good shots from William Nylander and Ilya Mikheyev, but Carey Price was strong in net and nothing was getting past him. On the other side of the ice, the Canadiens went almost half a period without a shot on goal, and once they got the shots going, Frederik Andersen was holding it down for the Leafs. With less than a minute left in the first period, Victor Mete and Ben Chiarot were called for Hooking and Delay of Game, and the Leafs would go on a 5-on-3, which would continue into the second period. The Leafs ended the first period outshooting the Canadiens 13-10 looking to convert on their …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Staturday Weekly Column #9: Why everyone should love William Nylander

There’s always been a tumultuous relationship between Maple Leafs fans and high skill, low grit players. From Jason Blake, to Phil Kessel, to Jake Gardiner, to now William Nylander, there’s a common theme with these players and the love-hate dichotomy in the fandom.
It comes down to perspective: do you want a player who gives it their all 100% of the time, or a player who doesn’t but still accomplishes more than most would with less-than-100% effort? When you bring on one of these players there’s a certain “leash” that comes with the territory, and some don’t accept that.
I am not one of those people. I am a Nylanderthal. William Nylander is my favourite Toronto Maple Leaf, and I wanted to use this column to present why the data supports this.
The Basics
Readers of this column will know that there’s a lot more to the story when it comes to data, but let’s start with the basics.
He’s not called “Bill Ny the Scoring Guy” for nothing. William Nylander scores points, and points help your team win. It’s a simple concept, but still valuable.
In 325 NHL games, Nylander has 235 points. …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kendrick Perkins talks up Pascal Siakam over Giannis Antetokounmpo

Raptors: Kendrick Perkins talks up Pascal Siakam over Giannis Antetokounmpo

The matchup of star big men between Toronto Raptors stud Pascal Siakam and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was going to go a long way in determining who was going to come out on top in Thursday night’s primetime matchup. On the back of a dominant game by Siakam, Toronto pulled out a 110-96 win. […]
Raptors: Kendrick Perkins talks up Pascal Siakam over Giannis Antetokounmpo – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Six for the Six! Toronto takes top seed in the NWHL Bubble Tournament with a HUGE win over Connecticut

This round robin game between the Connecticut Whale, coached by former Toronto Maple Leaf enforcer Colton Orr, and the Toronto Six was an interesting competition to say the least. To set the stage: the Whale had a few days off after a rejig in the schedule occurred due to the Metropolitan Riveters having to drop out of the tournament due to COVID-19-related health concerns. Conversely, the Six had to play just the night before in their first round robin game against the previously undefeated Minnesota Whitecaps; I say previously as the Six were able to squeeze out a great win to take that unbeaten title away from the Whitecaps.
The round robin will determine the seeding for the playoffs which will be on Thursday February 4th and the final for the Isobel Cup on Friday February 5th, so tonight’s game was an important one for Toronto to win.
The Good (and Great)
Elaine Chuli has continued to be a dominating force in net for the Toronto Six, as she made several excellent saves to keep the Six on top through the second period, on top of an overall excellent performance.
The great thing is Toronto dominated the scoresheet …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Oilers vs Maple Leafs 01/22/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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Something has to give between the Toronto Maple Leafs’ trend of flushing a bad home-ice loss and the Edmonton Oilers’ road-warrior ways in what seems likely to be a low-scoring game.
The Maple Leafs are -145 home favourites against the +125 underdog Oilers with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The teams played two nights ago, with Edmonton winning 3-1. But Toronto is 9-3 in its last 12 games as a home favourite (regular season only) with the total going UNDER in eight of those games.
Oilers vs Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Oilers are an identical 9-3 in their last 12 games as an away underdog, and the total has also gone UNDER at betting sites in 13 of their last 20 games as an away underdog. The total has also gone UNDER in the Maple Leafs’ last three games.
The Oilers are 2-3-0, but as their 27th-place ranking in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage of 45.5 indicates, they are adopting a defensive posture in order to cover for their lack of a true No. 1 goaltender. Such a system will likely limit the number of attacking opportunities for star centers Connor …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Arbitration filings between Ilya Mikheyev, Toronto Maple Leafs off by $1.6-million

The first arbitration filings between Ilya Mikheyev and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been filed showing a $1.6-million discrepancy between what the player and club want.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Leafs offered two-years at $1-million while Mikheyev asked for one-year at $2.7-million.

Arbitration filings on Mikheyev (TOR): Team is 2 years at $1M. Player is one year at $2.7M. Remember: team goes in low, player goes in high
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 19, 2020

This year was his first in the NHL where he played in 39 regular season games scoring eight goals and 23 points. In the playoffs, he appeared in five games scoring no points.
The 26-year-old joined the Leafs after playing the last four season with Avangard Omsk in the KHL.
As TLN writer Mark Norman wrote last week, the Leafs have a strong case against Mikheyev in arbitration largely due to the limited number of games played. His 39 games played are the least by any of the 14 players to have their cases heard by an arbitrator since 2014.
His rookie campaign was shortened after sustaining a laceration to his wrist.
On Twitter: @zjlaing
 

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Setting Sights on a 2 to 1 Play-in Series Lead

The 2020 play-in round series between the Blue Jackets and the Maple Leafs continues tonight with Game 3. The play-in series’ are just five-game series, so the winner of tonight’s game puts themselves one win away from the true 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Story lines going into this game are aplenty, as is usually the case in a competitive series like this one has been.
Primarily on most fans’ minds will be the effects of the injury to Jake Muzzin and how the lines will have to change because of his absence. Some will seek revenge against the prime mover of the collision that caused the injury, Pierre-Luc Dubois. Some will seek to get revenge by burying the Blue Jackets behind a 2-1 series lead. Some inevitably just want to watch the blue-and-white win a “playoff series” for the first time since 2003.
Another story line has been the epic goaltending/defensive battle between Frederik Andersen and the Leafs, and Jonas Korpisalo and the Blue Jackets. Each goaltender has a shutout in this series, and both have save percentages above 95%, which is ridiculously good. Both teams have had a game where they absolutely drowned any offensive hopes of …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

How Much Will Morgan Rielly’s Next Contract Cost the Maple Leafs?

Between Sportsnet and TSN us Leafs fans are put through constant worry about our cap situation. Well, allow this article to maybe act as a calm amidst the storm we’re currently in (Leafs and life related). 
Today, I’d like to take some time to talk about Morgan Rielly. What specifically about him? Well, the new contract he’ll be needing in two years. I know there are lots of variables and uncertainty at the moment with the NHL salary cap, but there are a few tools and comparisons that we can use to help us determine what a fair cost for Rielly would be. Things to consider are the salary cap, his age, team situation, and his comps. 
But before we do that I think it’s important to review just how good Rielly has been for the Leafs over the last three seasons (17/18 – 19/20).
 

Year
GP
G
A
PTS
P/G
EVP
PPP
ZS%
xGF% Rel
xGAR

17/18
76
6
46
52
0.68
27
25
48/52
-0.20
8

18/19
82
20
52
72
0.88
51
21
56/44
-0.56
20.7

19/20
47
3
24
27
0.57
20
7
50/50
-0.43
0.4

 
It’s no secret that Rielly struggled this season. He never really looked right out there and admitted to playing injured earlier in the year. Also, Connor McDavid …

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Author: Stephen Brown / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs are waiting to name Matthews captain because it might disrupt Marner negotiations

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. The negotiations between Marner and the Leafs are still at a point where the sides are not close, and the insistence from Marner’s agent that he is paid as much as Auston Matthews is causing the Leafs to delay naming their captain, according to multiple reports.
Making the radio rounds this morning, James Mirtle of The Athletic checked in to TSN1050 to say as much when asked about whether or not the Leafs will put the ‘C’ on someone’s jersey before opening night.
I think they’re going to name Auston Matthews captain. I wonder if (with) the Marner situation, if they’re worried about the optics of that or not. That’s the only hang-up. If that wasn’t going on I’d say they would name Auston Matthews captain.
And that more or less backs up what Sportsnet insider Chris Johnston relayed last night when asked the same thing.
I believe it’s Auston Matthews… but I think the timing of that is tricky, especially with Marner’s situation unresolved. Do they want to make that announcement before Mitch Marner signs? That might complicate some of the discussions being had …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation