TLN Three Stars: There’s always tomorrow, right?

Where do I begin with this one? As always, I was excited to watch a good ol’ hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, what really gets better than this match up? Well, it turns out a lot of things. I think the Leafs got the start time of this game mixed up, because they ended the first period trailing 0-2, and got outshot by the Canadiens 11-3. The Leafs woke up in the second and managed to bounce back with goals by Auston Matthews and John Tavares. But that didn’t last long as Josh Anderson helped his team regain the lead less than two minutes later. The Canadiens managed to hold on and score another in the third as they ended the game 4-2, and the Toronto Maple Leafs took the L.
Three Stars
3rd Star: John Tavares
Oh captain, my captain! John Tavares managed to tie the game up tonight after a very rough first period by the Leafs. His goal put some much needed energy and enthusiasm into the team, and it looked like the boys were going to make a comeback. They didn’t, but Tavares still had a decent game. …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Lamenting the Leafs: Soup’s On

I’m excited to be introducing the Lamenting the Leafs podcast, a brand new show hosted by three Leafs fans from Atlantic Canada. Myself, along with my longtime friends Cam MacEachern and Keith Whipple, will strive to bring you insightful analysis of everything that’s happening in Leafs Nation and the hockey world at large, while having some fun along the way. We hope you’ll give it a listen, and if you like what you hear, subscribe to the podcast to stay up to date with future episodes.
In our debut show we discuss Kyle Dubas’ teambuilding philosophy, how the additions of TJ Brodie, Joe Thornton, Wayne Simmonds, and Zach Bogosian change the look of the Leafs lineup, and provide initial reactions to some breaking news regarding the latest Leafs signing.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4i8lpzJrtQ4N4YAWoAg1x2?si=aAYJf1h5STCVEb7tjd9VPw
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/f4FJvHxZudhhymwr7
Follow us on twitter @LamentingLeafs, @CarlPeelash, @keithwhipp, and @_NickRichard

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

They’re playing baseball games (without fans) in Korea

I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited after reading a tweet from Jon Heyman, but here we are. It might not be much, but Heyman’s report that baseball games are being played in Korea offers us a slight glimmer of hope.

They are playing baseball now in Korea. Gives us something to aspire to.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 21, 2020

And here’s what Hanwha’s intrasquad game looked like today. pic.twitter.com/9DitLXaF4O
— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) March 17, 2020

Live Intrasquad Baseball featuring the Kiwoom Heroes
Live at https://t.co/y17uCEGXlG pic.twitter.com/fSwAiKs4VP
— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) March 18, 2020

The Korean Baseball Organization, who, just like everybody else around the world, had its season postponed due to the COVID-19 breakout, has started to play intrasquad games. These games are just little exhibition matches between players on the same teams and they aren’t played in front of fans, but it’s a start.
What this should give us over in North America is something to aspire to. Korea has received praise for its COVID-19 strategy, as they rapidly tested everybody in order to identify and isolate the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Getting a Good Read on the Marlies

If you are fan of below average puns you have to be excited for the Marlies signing Matt Read to an AHL deal. If you are a fan of speedy two way veteran wingers you probably also like the move. Additionally, if you want to hold out hope that if the Leafs see their roster thin from injuries that Read could be a good option for them, you also probably like this deal. If you are going to work and the biggest sign on the window says “Minnows” then you might be a redneck.
Anyway, back to Matt Read.
Earlier this month I took a look at Matt Read, but included in that for those of you who don’t feel like clicking is a breakdown of how he compares to other Marlies veteran wingers…

MATT READ
PONTUS ABERG
NIC PETAN
KENNY AGOSTINO
AGE
33
25
24
27
HEIGHT
5’10
5’11
5’9
6’0
SHOOTS
RIGHT
RIGHT
LEFT
LEFT
NHL GP
12
57
18
27
NHL GOALS
1
12
1
4
NHL POINTS
1
25
3
13
AHL GP
61
2
0
12
AHL GOALS
16
1
0
4
AHL POINTS
37
2
0
10
ONTARIO BOY?
YES!
SWEDE!
BC :'(
‘MURICA
CF%
51.88
51.44
53.67
52.97
XGF%
52.37
47.4
46.4
50.86
GF%
41.67
43.86
30.77
50.94
So all and all, on par with the field.
The post also concluded that the likely outcome was that he’d find himself with the Marlies if he …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation