Music Mondays: Toronto Maple Leafs preseason hype

Music Mondays: Toronto Maple Leafs preseason hype

T MINUS TWO DAYS UNTIL LEAFS REGULAR SEASON HOCKEY!
If you didn’t let out the obligatory scream that I thought you would, please do so now. I’ll give you a couple seconds.
Okay! With that out of the way we are going to get into the good stuff.
Introducing Music Mondays here at TLN, where every Monday we’ll be dropping a playlist that is completely based upon the Toronto Maple Leafs’ performance the week prior. The playlist is called Not Enough Blue! It will usually consist of 5-7 songs of varying genres. Hopefully this could also be an opportunity for some Leafs fans to find a new favourite artist. Playlists will be available both on Spotify and Apple Music. (I have both and I want to make sure everyone can enjoy this music however they choose.) PLEASE NOTE: The Spotify version will be completely clean, the Apple Music version may have explicit versions of songs. When listed in the article if a song DOES NOT have a clean version or a radio edit available on Apple Music I will put an asterisk (*) around the song title. Just in case you’re listening with family or young ones. …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Burning Questions: If the Leafs play a more physical game, will they go further come playoff time?

Burning Questions: If the Leafs play a more physical game, will they go further come playoff time?

Heading into the regular season we are regularly going to be running some of the burning questions asked by our TLN contributors. The biggest burning question of course is whether or not this is the year the Leafs finally play a game in the second round of the playoffs. We’ll tackle our takes on that a little later. So far we’ve had Ryan Hobart exploring whether Jack Campbell is for real in net. Today is our second kick at this series with my burning question, if the Leafs play more physically, will they have better playoff results?
I feel like the physicality question is a divisive one in Leafs land and it absolutely doesn’t have to be. There is certainly a corner of Leafs internet that wants physicality above all else, and anecdotally the success the Leafs had with a Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour led team, than the success the Leafs had with a Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker led team would certainly support the notion that physical players have help provide the Leafs with their best playoff runs in the past 50 years. The problem with that argument has always been that all the players I …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Kyle Dubas’ tenure has been one of patience, loyalty, and vision, and that’s pissed a lot of people off

Kyle Dubas’ tenure has been one of patience, loyalty, and vision, and that’s pissed a lot of people off

This post is born of a somewhat regular conversation I seem to be having with other Leafs and with other hockey fans, and that’s how do you feel about Kyle Dubas? I don’t think it’s something that’s a straight forward answer for me, or a lot of Leafs fans at this point, so as we head into what could be the most critical days of his time as GM, I felt like rambling on the subject to the point my brain is exhausted.
When it comes to coaches and general managers it seems like there is a finite amount of time that you will be loved. There was a time when Leafs fans were over the moon about Brian Burke. He made big promises, he had recently won a Stanley Cup, and he presented himself as a straight shooter. That didn’t last. There was a time when Leafs fans thought that by bringing in Mike Babcock that we had landed the greatest coach in hockey. He had Stanley Cup and Olympic credentials. He was going to get the Leafs back on track, and to some extent that’s true, but then not much more and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Instant Analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs 2021-22 Schedule

The NHL regular season schedules were released tonight, so let’s crack into it and see what the next 9 months have in store for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As previously announced, the schedule that has been currently made public has both an All-Star Week break and a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics, if the IOC permits NHL players to attend. The league says talks on that matter are ongoing and that an alternate schedule has been prepared if the NHL does not go to the Olympics.
The league returns to an 82-game schedule (oh joy) and will revert to the old division and conference format, with the addition of Seattle of course. The Leafs will return to a stacked Atlantic Division that features the repeating Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and their unlikely Finals opponent, the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs will also deal with familiar rivals in Boston, Florida and Ottawa teams that are slowly on the rise, and also Detroit and Buffalo…. who are Detroit and Buffalo.
And with the return to a normal schedule comes a (thankfully abbreviated) preseason that will see the Leafs play six games between September 25 and October 9. Exact dates and opponents are listed below.



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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Meet The Sellers: Washington Nationals

Just two seasons ago, the Washington Nationals finished the regular season 93-69 and won their first-ever World Series. Now, the Nationals might to be on the verge of selling some key players. Through 73 games, the Nationals are 36-37, good for second in the NL East. They only sit four games back of the NL East Mets because of an 8-2 stretch last ten games. 

So, why are the Nationals a seller despite being second in the division? According to MLB.com, the Nationals have the 30th ranked prospect pool in baseball and have an ageing team. Although they have been hot lately, based on the construction of the team, a deep playoff run is unlikely, and the farm system needs to be restocked with talent badly.
The Nationals may put one of the game’s top arms on the market if they feel they cannot make a deep playoff push. As I mentioned in the Colorado segment, I still believe German Marquez is the best arm on the market because of his contract, but with regards to the highest impact arm for this season, the Nationals have that. The Nats also have a couple of infielders likely available, as well …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs in 5? The Buds look to close out the series at home tonight

Happy totally regular Thursday, Leafs fans. Nothing special or irregular about today at all. Just a normal Thursday. Go about your business. No worries.
…Did that work? Did you forget for a moment that the Leafs have the opportunity to close out the first round series against the Habs tonight on home ice? 
Well maybe this will help:

John Tavares is back on the ice at Scotiabank Arena. pic.twitter.com/yB2Lauyn82
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 27, 2021

That’s right. Only one week after a terrifying injury that took him out of game 1 at only 9 minutes in, and left fans quite concerned for his long term recovery, Leafs captain John Tavares was out skating this morning. Now, of course, this does not mean he’s anywhere close to playing, at all. But it is absolutely a positive sign that he is feeling better and making strides towards what will hopefully be a full eventual recovery. Even just having him in the building is most certainly a morale boost for the team, who were visibly shaken and unfocused during game 1 after the injury occurred.
Some speculation around how he’s back on the ice so soon, and perhaps Sheldon Keefe will …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs’ regular season report cards

It was a regular season like no other as the seven Canadian clubs battled it out amongst themselves for North Division supremacy, with the Leafs coming out on top at the end of the 56 game schedule. The team as a whole had an incredible season – arguably the best in franchise history – and it came on the backs of some fantastic individual performances.
As the Leafs prepare for what they hope will be a long playoff run, it seems like a good time to reflect on how each player contributed to the team’s strong showing in the regular season. Expectations and role have been considered for each individual, so while a 30 point season is enough to earn Jason Spezza high marks, similar production wouldn’t be as impressive for someone like William Nylander or John Tavares.
Let’s get to the grades.
Reply in the comment section and share your regular season player grades.
Forwards
Auston Matthews | A+
52 GP, 41 G, 25 A, 66 P
Matthews was a dominant force all season long, earning the first Rocket Richard Trophy of his career and scoring at a pace that would have easily shattered the single season franchise goal scoring record over the course of …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Using NHL 21 to see how the 2021 playoffs will unfold

Now that the Leafs have wrapped up their regular season, the countdown is on for the beginning of their playoff series against the Canadiens that kicks off next Thursday. Under normal circumstances, Toronto would have had their postseason run begin around the same time as the other playoff-bound clubs but they will have to wait a week while the Bruins and Capitals start their playoff matchup in a few hours time.
So while we wait for the Leafs and Canadiens to renew their playoff rivalry after 42 years, let’s use NHL 21 to see who is going to emerge as the 2021 Stanley Cup champion! Or you can see me jinx the simulated winner and said team goes on to get swept out of the first round.
If this is your first time reading me using NHL 21 to predict the future, here are the previous entries in this ongoing series:
Mitch Marner career sim
William Nylander career sim
Auston Matthews career sim
Frederik Andersen career sim
What if Alexis Lafreniere was drafted by the Leafs?

This simulation will be done using ‘Playoff Mode’ and I had to do quite a bit of adjustment to make it as close to how the NHL …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

My friends, Jack Campbell is an NHL starter

With three games remaining in the regular season, there’s still a large amount of discourse among the Toronto Maple Leafs fanbase and prominent members of the media regarding which goaltender should get the nod in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs although, to me, the correct choice is as clear as day.
Even if Frederik Andersen is fully cleared of injury and has a successful conditioning stint in the AHL with eth Marlies, Jack Campbell is the starter until his performance dictates a need to change the goaltender. And I’m not talking about a single loss, I mean a full-scale disastrous blowout loss.
This has been a historic season for Jack Campbell. His save percentage is currently sitting at a sparkling .924, his 16-2-2 record is a Maple Leafs franchise record for most wins through a goaltender’s first 20 games. And let’s not forget that just a few weeks ago he achieved the NHL record for longest win streak to start a season with 11. The only real criticisms his detractors are still throwing out are these outdated notions that he’s a “career backup” or “he has no playoff experience so you should go with the guy …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to extend win streak to three in potential round one preview

As the regular season winds down, the Toronto Maple Leafs head to Montreal to face off with the Canadiens in what could potentially be a late season playoff preview.
The Leafs have rebounded nicely from their five game losing skid, with Jack Campbell quietly reestablishing himself and allowing the team in front of him to sweep the Winnipeg Jets in a brief two game set that saw the Leafs all but extinguish any hope the Jets had of taking the top spot away from them. The Leafs currently sit at 65 points through 48 games, seven up on the second place Edmonton Oilers (who overtook Winnipeg with a 6-1 win Monday night.)
Montreal meanwhile, despite once being labelled as juggernauts who would surely challenge for the top spot in the North, have seen mixed results throughout the season, leading to a slide down the standings heading into the final stretch that saw their playoff hopes begin to dwindle. Never the less, despite dropping two of their first three to Calgary in the last week, Montreal managed to hold on to a close 2-1 victory Monday night, moving the Habs to six points clear of the Flames for the fourth and final playoff …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation