Nylanderthals! – Rate That Leafs Game

I would like to first off congratulate Michael Hutchinson on his first win this season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 34 of 37 saves for the net-minder who was traded to Colorado last year is pretty good and honestly, I’m happy he’s back.
He wasn’t the story in this game though (there were a few). I’ll start off with Auston Matthews who has 16 goals in 17 games and is riding a 15-game point streak, which is bananas. Mitch Marner also had a phenomenal game and we’re lucky to see both of Matthews and Marner on the same team.
Joe Thornton is next on the list. He had three points in this game and actually set a record (watch the video to find out). Overall, this was the perfect game that the Leafs could’ve came back with. Although there were some close calls they got the win and are still in first place in the entire NHL.
Oh, and if you didn’t know — according to Anthony Stewart, we who like William Nylander are now labelled as ‘Nylanderthals’!
I hope you enjoy my video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Injuries, roster shuffles, and what that means for your weekend

Michael Hutchinson has cleared waivers. As for what that means for your weekend, I’m assuming not a whole lot. As for the injury updates, that might have a bit more impact on how you are feeling heading into the next few days.

Bogosian on waivers, as previously reported. Hutchinson clears
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 14, 2020
There’s not a whole lot to add to this one. Hutchinson is a perfectly fine AHL goaltender, and emergency call up. I hope he does well for the Marlies, who will now likely move Woll down to the Growlers to keep him playing as much as possible.

Morgan Rielly should be able to bear weight on broken foot in a “week or so.” Still looking at end of March for a return, per Keefe.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) February 14, 2020
An end of March return is somewhat later than what the earliest timeline suggested which was February 27th, but it seemed that a later timeline was the direction this was heading. That really makes it possible that the Leafs could use Rielly as cap relief and add some salary at the trade deadline, so there’s as much silver …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #54: 5 things to watch for against the Rangers

Welcome to the Hutchinson era. That’s how we roll now. Or maybe it will be the Georgiev era if the two GMs have a heart to heart sometime in the next 24 hours.
Anyways, the Leafs are back to being on the outside looking in thanks to the loss to Florida on Monday, but a win temporary moves them ahead of the Panthers by 1 point (though Florida would have two games at hand) and they’d be tied with the Flyers in points for the final wild card spot (although the Flyers also will have a game at hand.)
The moral of the story is that every game is an important one, and given that the Rangers are clearly on the outside of the playoff picture, this is a most win for the Leafs, regardless of who is in net.

Rating: 74.1#38 LW

Rating: 82.2#4 C

Rating: 78.6#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.28#4 FL1

Rating: 72.1#82 LW

Rating: 77.7#17 C

Rating: 77.1#11 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.64#8 FL2

Rating: 72.4#73 LW

Rating: 73.0#70 C

Rating: 71.4#83 RW

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs at Rangers 02/05/20 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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With Michael Hutchinson slated to start in place of an injured Frederik Andersen, the Maple Leafs are the -140 away favourite while the New York Rangers are a +120 home underdog with a 7.0-goal total on the NHL odds for Wednesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Maple Leafs are 5-6 in their last 11 away games against the Metropolitan Division with the total finishing OVER in nine of those matchups. The total has also gone OVER in the Rangers’ last six games as an underdog at home.
Toronto is 4-6 in its last 10 games against the Rangers as a favourite, with the total going OVER seven times at sports betting sites.
Maple Leafs at Rangers | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Maple Leafs are 28-18-7 on the season and bettors will have to decide how much stock to put in their 9-4 record as an away favourite since Sheldon Keefe took over as coach, as they are missing Andersen (neck). Offensively, Maple Leafs attackers such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander have steadily generated chances lately, keeping Toronto fifth in the 31-team NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (52.6 percent). The Maple Leafs are …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

To the surprise of no one, Hutchinson clears waivers and Kaskisuo is recalled

Michael Hutchinson (TOR) clears waivers.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 12, 2019
As hard as it may be to believe, teams weren’t lining up to put in claims for a goaltender who has gone 0-4-1 and in his first five starts, and has a .879 save percentage on the year. Considering that Hutchinson is nearly 30, and has a career save percentage of .906, well, that’s probably a good reminder that things aren’t going to get a whole lot better for him, and he’s now sliding into his ideal role, of 3rd string, emergency callup goaltender.
For the record, I never thought Hutchinson would be a good idea, but what are you going to do, and what can you really say when you were so adamant the Leafs move on from Sparks (still the right decision) and didn’t have money to spend on a capable/proven backup.
Hutchinson was put in over his head and by working exclusively on the second half of back to backs, he was also largely set up to fail. A true NHL backup will find a way to steal some of those back to backs for you, but like I said, Hutchinson was in over …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation