Justin Holl for Norris? – Rate that Leafs game

Justin Holl for Norris? – Rate that Leafs game

The Maple Leafs’ two game series against the Edmonton Oilers comes to a close and we saw a lot from both clubs. One, Connor McDavid likes scoring against his hometown team. Two, Justin Holl enjoys defending McDavid, and is very good at it.
And three, the Leafs win tonight’s game 4-2. It wasn’t the best game by Toronto, but they got the job done while missing Auston Matthews. They didn’t take many penalties, Frederik Andersen played well and lastly — Adam Brooks scored his first-career NHL goal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs win and life is good. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Nick Robertson’s injury, Amirov settling in, Leafs long shots

Two of the Maple Leafs’ most exciting new faces in Nicholas Robertson and Mikko Lehtonen found themselves on the outside looking in when the puck dropped on opening night but both made their NHL regular season debuts this past week.
Unfortunately for the Leafs and Robertson, he played just 2:20 before suffering a knee injury that will keep him on the shelf for upwards of four weeks. It’s a tough break for a kid that has worked so hard to to crack this lineup as a 19 year old, staying in Toronto all through the summer and offseason while skipping the World Juniors to better prepare himself for his shot at the Leafs roster, but it sounds as though he may have been fortunate it wasn’t worse.

Sheldon Keefe says Nick Robertson (knee) likely out at least four weeks
They consider this good news after initial fears
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 18, 2021

The timing of Robertson’s injury only got worse when Joe Thornton left Wednesday’s game with what appeared to be a significant injury of his own, opening a spot in Toronto’s top nine forward group that the young rookie certainly would have been given a chance to …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Koskinen stands tall as Leafs fall 3-1 to Oilers

Game Recap
The Maple Leafs failed to extend their winning streak to three games tonight, losing 3-1 to the Edmonton Oilers.

Leafs and Oilers playing like two teams full of guys who stayed up all night reading Blue Jays discussion and speculation
— Cam Lewis (@cooom) January 21, 2021

The game was surprisingly dull for 90% of it. Both teams did a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and limiting scoring chances. The Leafs did a pretty good job at shutting down Connor McDavid tonight as well.
The Oilers opened the scoring midway through the first period. Kailer Yamamoto banked a centering pass off of Jake Muzzin and into the net.

Kailer Yamamoto1-0 #Oilers pic.twitter.com/oyJsSiYpyW
— Here’s Your Replay (@HeresYourReplay) January 21, 2021

The score remained 1-0 in favour of Edmonton until the third period, when Auston Matthews notched his second goal of the year to tie the game up at 1-1. This is definitely one Koskinen wants back.

Auston Matthews1-1 pic.twitter.com/jJ6cPaaHkP
— Here’s Your Replay (@HeresYourReplay) January 21, 2021

Unfortunately, tonight was not the Leafs night. A phantom penalty call led to a powerplay goal from Leon Draisaitl to regain the lead for the Oilers.

Leon Draisaitl PP2 …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Leafs take on McDavid and the Oilers for this first time this season

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers open their season series against each other this evening, the first of nine times the two franchises will face off. After a slow start to their season, the Oilers will be looking to prove that they didn’t attempt to build their team like an NBA roster by acquiring two superstars and expecting that to be enough. The Leafs meanwhile, will attempt to continue their hotstreak having won three of their first four contests during this 2021 season.
Both teams face their largest uncertainty in net with Frederik Andersen and Mikko Koskinen both posting sub-900 save percentages to start the season. While the Leafs have a literal backup plan with Jack Campbell showing promise early in the season, the Oilers are facing more concern after placing Mike Smith on LTIR and losing Anton Forsberg to waivers. With how highpowered both team’s offenses can be, seeing a backup be forced into the game in relief is more likely than either franchise would like to admit.
The Oilers fanbase has vocalised early concern about the team’s defensive issues, and for Leafs fans it’s been no different. Toronto will once again be going with …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs assign Travis Boyd to AHL

Toronto Maple Leafs assign Travis Boyd to AHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned Travis Boyd to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

Also, Keefe tells us Travis Boyd has been assigned to the Marlies
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 19, 2021

Through four games of the season, Boyd has yet to dress for a game and is a likely candidate to bounce between the taxi squad and AHL.
The 27-year-old joined the Leafs as a free agent after spending the rest of his career in the Washington Capitals organization. In 85 NHL games, Boyd has scored eight goals and 31 points. In 221 AHL games he’s scored 57 goals and 172 points.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.
 

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

The Soul Power Gospel Choir of Toronto teamed up with Martina Ortiz-Luis for an unforgettable anthem

Ahead of last night’s Toronto Maple Leafs game versus the Winnipeg Jets, which fell on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Leafs anthem singer Martina Ortiz-Luis and the Soul Power Gospel Choir teamed up for an absolutely breathtaking rendition of O’ Canada. If you missed it, check it out:

‘O Canada – with Soul @BlackGirlHockey @soulonicemovie @FatouSadio @elindsay08 https://t.co/zch4LfjoAd
— TheColorOfHockey (@ColorOfHockey) January 19, 2021

While many believe that anthems at sports events are unnecessary and outdated, they are still performed regularly. If the anthem is going to be sung, we think that a performance like last night’s is the way to go. Martina always delivers a beautiful anthem, and Leafs fans are not alone in thinking she’s the best anthem singer in the NHL. Last night’s performance with the Soul Power Gospel Choir stepped it up a notch. We hope to see them back again sometime, and will definitely be checking out their other performances.

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs and Jets meet for the first time this season

Tonight is the opening match for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets in a season where the two teams will battle more times than ever before. The Jets had a fairly quiet off-season, not making many moves. But the move they did make was a big one, acquiring Paul Stastny from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Carl Dahlstrom and a 2022 fourth-round selection.
More recently, the Jets have made some internal moves between their taxi squad and their roster, as well as claiming Anton Forsberg off waivers last week to strengthen their goalie depth.
But the big story with the Jets has been the team’s apparent COVID exposure, as first Nikolaj Ehlers missed practice due to COVID protocol, and then the team canceled practice entirely on Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” following COVID exposure. The canceled practice thankfully was an isolated incident, and the Jets headed east yesterday to make it to tonight’s match-up.
However, it now seems the Jets have been bitten by the injury bug, as well, as after leaving morning skate early it was announced that Patrik Laine will be out tonight with an upper-body injury.

Patrik Laine is out tonight …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

3 Maple Leafs score their first goal of the season – Rate that Leafs game

So, the Toronto Maple Leafs close out a two-game series with the Ottawa Senators going 1-1. This game was a lot better for a team who came into the nation’s capital last night and played horrible.
Tonight, players were flying and it was a much better performance. The only bad news is that Nick Robertson will likely miss “some time” due to a knee injury, which Sheldon Keefe said after the game.
Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Joe Thornton all scored their first goals of the season. Jack Campbell had an incredible performance and even thought he could do better, like he usually says. Overall though, this looked like a complete game with the Maple Leafs not allowing the Senators back into it late.
I’ll say that it was a little rough around the edges, but overall, a much better game than the first one against Ottawa.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

A game the Maple Leafs should look back on – Rate that Leafs game

Alright, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a bad game, but it has to get better from here, right?
Giving up four goals in two-straight games is no excuse and it’s also one you don’t blame on solely a single player. There was a lot of people who went for Frederik Andersen’s head, but that’s not fair.
The Maple Leafs are an entire team — you win as a team, lose as a team. It might sound cliché, but it’s true. The defence in front of Andersen has to be better and until it is, he’s not going to be able to give the Leafs a chance to win. Sure, I get it — he has to make saves, but it’s the players’ jobs to help him make those saves instead of leaving him out to dry.
In this video, I talk about what they can do now because that’s the most important thing at this moment. They have a chance to show how good they are tonight and I believe they’ll do just that.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Battle of Ontario resumes tonight as the Maple Leafs take on the Senators

The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight as they take on the Ottawa Senators in their home opener of the 2021 season. Last game, the Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in Overtime thanks to Morgan Rielly’s OT winner.
Youth Movement
Tonight is the highly anticipated NHL debut for 2020 second overall pick Tim Stutzle. Along with Stutzle, the Senators will also have Josh Norris and Drake Batherson in the lineup tonight, two players who lit the AHL on fire with Belleville last season. Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot are also a year older, giving Ottawa a nice core of young players (unfortunately).
A year removed from finishing second last in the NHL, this season looks like a transition year for the Sens, as they try to build a contending team. The Sens added vets such as Derek Stepan, Evgenii Dadonov, Erik Gudbranson and Matt Murray to help ease the burden on the youngsters on the team.
The Senators are still a work in progress, but I wouldn’t be proclaiming a season sweep by the Leafs this season. I would expect the Leafs to have to really earn every two points against the Sens this season. DJ …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation