Mitch Marner not in warmups for Leafs vs. Wild

Mitch Marner not in warmups for Leafs vs. Wild

It looks like MItch Marner is out of tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Wild.

No Marner for TOR. Rielly & Kase taking warmup
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 4, 2021

Marner left practice early on Friday after colliding with Jake Muzzin. Earlier this morning, Sheldon Keefe listed Marner as a game-time decision.
This is how the Leafs lines shape up without Marner in them.

#Leafs line rushes during warmup vs. #MNWild Dec. 4/21
Bunting-Matthews-SimmondsKerfoot-Tavares-NylanderEngvall-Kampf-KaseRitchie-Spezza-Anderson
Rielly-BrodieMuzzin-HollSandin-Dermott
Campbell (starter)Hutchinson
— David Alter (@dalter) December 4, 2021

It seems as though Morgan Rielly and Ondrej Kase will be in tonight. Another note is that Joseph Woll is out, and Michael Hutchinson will backup for Jack Campbell.
Puck drop is at 7 PM ET.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Anderson and send Semyonov to the Marlies

Nothing like the excitement of switching up the fourteenth forward on the roster and kudos for the Leafs deciding to keep things fresh…

The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Joey Anderson from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Marlies.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 30, 2021

Obviously this is far from anything that warrants a whole lot of discussion. Right now the Leafs have the space to carry 14 forwards, and that seems to be the plan.
Anderson was up prior to the promotion of Kyle Clifford to the Leafs, and never had the opportunity to get into a game. He got in some time with the Marlies, where he has been thriving and now depending on the severity of the injury to Kase, Anderson might get the opportunity to see a game or two, likely while platooning with Clifford. Ideally giving Anderson a shot is a chance at bringing in a slightly greener version of Michael Bunting into the lineup. He’s a little less ratty, but could inject some youthful enthusiasm into the forecheck.
As for the real reason behind the move, I think our own Kyle Cushman hit the nail on the head here.

How …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

How important are faceoffs in hockey?

Aside from the standard team stats like wins, losses, and goals, and the standard players stats like goals, assists, and points, faceoffs might be one of the most talked about stats in the game of hockey. You can’t go five minutes in a hockey game without the broadcasters talking about how the teams and players have done in faceoffs, and they always talk about how it helps a team get possession of the puck, and how it helps the team win.
But, is that actually true? Are faceoffs actually important in a hockey game, or are they just statistical noise disguised as a notable part of a hockey game? I decided to do a bit of a deep dive into how much they impact the game.
So, you may be wondering, how can you just simply find out the value of something in sports. Its actually a lot easier than you may think. You remember in math class when they made you figure out the equation of a line? That’s going to play a big role in figuring this out.
Now, this isn’t something I discovered on my own (I’m not that smart). I’m using …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

It’s looking like the last chance for the Leafs to try to fleece Jim Benning

Opportunities like having Jim Benning as a rival GM come along…well…fairly frequently. The NHL doesn’t have the best track record for housing competent GMs as everything in the Leafs history between the first go of Cliff Fletcher and the arrival of Lou Lamoriello proves (to avoid arguments I’m giving Lou a passing grade here.) Still, Jim Benning seems to especially struggle in his role and has for a while, and shockingly it finally seems like he’s down to making one or two final moves to save his job otherwise he’ll be refocusing his efforts on applying for the Chicago or Anaheim vacancies soon enough. That one last deal is one that the Leafs should be trying to pursue, as it catches Vancouver in a very vulnerable spot.

All I ask if that the Canucks give Benning his Koskinen contract moment.
— jon (@SteitzerJon) November 18, 2021

While everything about Vancouver’s situation speaks to them needing to regroup, identify who their core is, and prepare for getting on track a year or two down the road, that is in no way the case if you are Jim Benning. Success now is what is required to save his …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors draft: Could Toronto add the top international center in 2022?

Raptors draft: Could Toronto add the top international center in 2022?

The 2022 Toronto Raptors draft may seem like it’s too far ahead to start diving into, but Masai Ujiri and this front office are already looking at some of the top prospects. Even if they miss out on Paolo Banchero or Chet Holmgren, mid-tier prospects like Peyton Watson, Bennedict Mathurin, or Yannick Nzosa could make […]
Raptors draft: Could Toronto add the top international center in 2022? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Jack Campbell could end up starting both tonight and tomorrow night

Like anyone on a Friday, everyone is asking Sheldon what he’s up to this weekend. For some reason, he’s being weird and cagey about it, like he’s got something to hide about his plans this weekend. Specifically, he’s not revealing which goaltender will start Saturday night’s game. Here was his quote from today:

Full quote from Keefe on goalie plan for Saturday: “We’re going to focus on today. Jack’s going to play today. We have a plan, of course, but we’re holding until we have all the information before the next game that we’re just going to focus on tonight’s game.” https://t.co/MPnrDxrmlV
— David Alter (@dalter) November 12, 2021

We know that Jack Campbell is getting the nod for this evening’s tilt against Calgary, but for tomorrow’s game against Buffalo, all we know is that they “have a plan”.
With Joseph Woll backing up Campbell in Petr Mrazek’s absence due to a re-aggravated groin injury, it was assumed that he would get his first NHL start on Saturday. And that could very well still be the case. But with Keefe acting like my relationships in my early 20’s and refusing to commit, …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

It’s in the Leafs best interest to find a fit for Nick Ritchie

I feel like this article is begging to be met with sunk cost fallacy responses, even if it is remarkably premature. After four games of Nick Ritchie, I pleaded for the need for Leafs fans to be patient with him and for the Leafs to find a role better suited to Ritchie’s talents. Now here we are nine games later and Ritchie is still barely functioning, this time in a fourth line role and not many fans are singing his praises. Still, I feel there is benefit in taking some time to make Ritchie work, even if all he’s given us in his first 13 games is frustration and further evidence that the Leafs were right to select William Nylander ahead of Ritchie in the draft.
The scoresheet evidence that we have that Nick Ritchie is a Leaf is limited to one assist so far. A secondary assist on a Michael Bunting powerplay goal. That probably serves as another interesting tidbit in the summary of Ritchie’s struggles, and that’s despite his inability to produce offence he’s still cemented to the second powerplay unit. At 5v5, Ritchie has only been on the ice for one goal for …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies Mailbag: Which of the defencemen has stood out most?

It feels like yesterday that the Marlies started their season, and I began my quest on following this team for real. Yes, I did technically do that last year, but not to the extent where I am now. I’m going to practices, every home game and just trying to talk to every player possible.
I wanted to do a mailbag series because I know people have a lot of questions.
Here at TLN, we do put out a weekly update on the Marlies’ season, but I know some of you might want to know about specific players, and that’s what I’m going to try and bring here. I’m not too sure how often I will be doing this, but I will try as best as I can to get one or two every month.
But without further ado, let’s answer some Marlies questions.

should josh ho sang be on the maple leafs
— Please Do Not Get Mad At Me Online (@notabunchofcats) October 30, 2021

This is a question almost everyone has, and it’s understandable. The 25-year-old has five goals in his first six games with the Marlies. He’s doing an incredible job.
I, personally, don’ …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Leafs’ Halloween victory was scarier than it needed to be

The Leafs definitely like making things interesting with little time left eh?
Building on the momentum gained from their win in Chicago on Wednesday and the good news of Rielly’s extension yesterday, the Leafs came out at the start of this game like they were shot out of a cannon. With a new-look defence that was pretty good (Justin Holl may never play again), a Bertuzzi-less Red Wings on the second half of a back-to-back, and an energized John Tavares line, the Leafs scored more than three goals in a game for the first time this season. For their credit, the Red Wings battled back and nearly tied it with mere seconds remaining, but the Leafs held on and won 5-4, picking up a victory in consecutive games for the first time this year.
Before we get to the three stars of the night, I wanna give some stick taps to a couple of players who are not getting stars, but still played great tonight. First of all: Bunting and Spezza for that excellent connection on the power play goal. Sandin and Liljegren showed the makings of an excellent pairing for the team going forward, Sandin in particular was …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Amadio gets claimed by the Golden Knights. Maybe he’s funny or something

In a league where players with upside like Kale Clague or Cale Fleury managed to clear waivers without much fuss, we are once again treated to teams tripping over each other to claim AHL depth instead.

Vegas claims Michael Amadio off waivers from Toronto.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 30, 2021

Okay, so tripping over themselves is an exaggeration. Vegas was pretty low down the waivers priority list and clearly the Knights seem to be up to something at the moment or at least dealing with some injuries. They also would have seen a lot of Amadio from his time in Los Angeles, but frankly the fact they would have seen a lot of his skating makes the claim even more puzzling.
Anyway, Amadio is out for the Leafs. The center depth takes another hit, although nowhere near as significant as losing Adam Brooks and not anywhere near the point of panic. In fact the Leafs gaining another contract space seems like the best part of the deal and could bring us one step closer to Ho-Sang joining the Leafs at some point.
As for Amadio, good luck, I guess. You’ll certainly be the toughest part of a trivia question somewhere down …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation