Joe Thornton to miss “some time” after collision – Rate that Leafs game

You know, Tyson Barrie returning to Toronto — I thought it would be a good night.
It wasn’t.
The biggest story in this game for the Maple Leafs was the referees. Two botched calls — one of them leading to Leon Draisaitl scoring the game-winning goal. It may have also been the Leafs lack of offense, which was mostly invisible in this game.
Or maybe it was the now 19 penalties they’ve gotten in the last five games, which is actually second in the league. To cap the night off, Joe Thornton was injured on a hit from Josh Archibald and after the game, Sheldon Keefe said he’d be out for “some time.”
Do you want to see yelling? Well, I do that to the referee’s in this video. And no, I don’t get fined. I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: Mitch Marner

With hockey returning, it’s only logically that we start filling the site with player previews over the next month. Just think of the excitement you’ll have Christmas morning when you can run down the stairs, grab your laptop, and read all about Aaron Dell. You’re welcome. 
We’re going to take a slightly different format to our player previews this year, and we’re going to zero in on one number for each player. One number that stands out about them and explore it. We’ll see how well that works out. As for today, well…
Mitch Marner’s number is 24.
24 represents the number of points that Marner put up on the power play last season. His power play points accounted for 36% of his overall point total, and his 6 power play goals made up 38% of his overall goal total. Now, last time I checked goals scored on the power play count just as much as ones scored at even strength, so I’m not so concerned about those 24 good points (although if we want to be critical 9 of those powerplay points were second assists), but perhaps it’s more important to look at what the Leafs got …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Reopening Risks: The Realities of Return to Play

I’ve had genuine dreams about the NHL returning to play games again – they used to entail the Leafs making a dramatic playoff run through Boston and Tampa, but now a 10pm snoozer against Anaheim would be enough to get me excited. While details remain pretty sparse, the league has formed a Return to Play Committee to discuss what resuming play would look like, and rumors have swirled of possible locations and guidelines for the new normal.
The problem is a complex one for the NHL, which has teams playing in 18 different locales, meaning 18 different plans and restrictions for reopening. This is besides the fact that the leaders in America and Canada have different ideas about bringing sports back (you can take a guess who is on the more cautious side).
Given the state of affairs and the variance in impact from the coronavirus by geography, a future return could look vastly different from what we’re used to. Below is a chart of cases as of May 4th by State and Province – giving you of an idea of the differences.
*Please make note of the log scale used for the y axis values (100 -> 1,000 …

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Author: mackinawstats / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Recall Adam Brooks and Martin Marincin, Again.

One week since returning to the AHL just before the NHL’s Holiday Roster Freeze kicked in, Adam Brooks and Martin Marincin have once again been recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The @MapleLeafs have recalled defenceman Martin Marincin and forward Adam Brooks from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). pic.twitter.com/WcywGVhO0y
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 27, 2019

While most members of the Leafs organization unplugged over the last week to enjoy the holiday season, Brooks and Marincin were loaned back to the Marlies to partake in two games against the Belleville Senators. With the roster freeze now lifted, and the Leafs set to kick-off a three-game road trip in New Jersey tonight, it’s no surprise the Leafs are bringing an extra forward and defenceman for the ride.
The shuttle between Scotiabank Arena and Coca Cola Coliseum has been getting lots of mileage, with the club making a large sum of transactions between their NHL and AHL affiliate in the first half of this season. For the most part, these call-ups have been for insurance purposes and while this time is no different, there’s a good chance one of the two could be called into …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation