Leafs looking to win three-game series over Sens in deciding rubber match

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators are heading to a deciding game-three to determine the winner of this mid-season trilogy.
After a historic game-one collapse that saw the Leafs lose a game where they had an over 99.9% chance of winning, followed by a tight 2-1 victory where Joe Thornton had two goals waived off, it’s anyone’s guess what could happen in the final matchup of this three-game series.
With the Leafs sitting at first place in the NHL, and the Senators holding things down in the league’s basement at the bottom of the standings, matchups between the two franchises this season have been shockingly close for anyone who isn’t familiar with the work of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With another matchup against the Montreal Canadiens – who have had a full week’s rest since the last time Toronto played them – on the horizon for this weekend, the Leafs will be looking to put away the lowly Senators quickly and efficiently.
A win for Toronto would put them eight points ahead of Montreal and Edmonton in the standings, though Montreal would still have three games in hand, meaning the lead may not be quite as …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Frederik Andersen has NHL-leading 10th win of the season – Rate That Leafs Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Ottawa Senators in a game that was, well, pretty uneventful. There was a lot of back-and-forth between them and the Ottawa Senators, but not a lot of goals to show from it.
Auston Matthews scored his 14th goal of the season, and that means it’s his 14th straight game with a point which is very good. Alexander Kerfoot also got on the scoresheet, scoring his third goal of the season (he now has four points in five games). And last but not least, we have to talk about Frederik Andersen who made 27 of 28 saves in his league-leading 10th win of the season.
Toronto looked like they came into this one forgetting about their last game, which is what they said they’d do. And it worked out in the end.
Unfortunately though, before the game we got some bad news regarding Rasmus Sandin who will now be out indefinitely after blocking a shot in Monday’s game against the Manitoba Moose in the AHL. Toronto Marlies Head Coach, Greg Moore, said he was day-to-day but it looks like it was worse that what they first thought.
Some good news after this game though …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Senators… really like Aaron Luchuk and Darren Archibald

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators made a couple of deals this evening, exchanging players on both NHL and AHL deals.
The first deal saw the Leafs send Aaron Luchuk and a conditional 2021 sixth round pick to Ottawa for Max Veronneau.

The @MapleLeafs have acquired forward Max Veronneau from Ottawa in exchange for Aaron Luchuk and a 2021 conditional sixth-round pick.
Details: https://t.co/UVTCXEIEkV#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/hLEgNteLph
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 20, 2020

Veronneau is a 24 year old right winger who was a college free agent who signed with the Senators in 2019. He has two goals and four points in 16 NHL games played. He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Luchuk was originally signed by the Senators before being traded to the Leafs last summer as a part of the Ceci-Zaitsev deal. He spent most of the season with the Newfoundland Growlers, where he put up 19 goals and 49 points in 44 games. Why the Senators want him back, I don’t know, but hey, they got their guy back.
As for the sixth round pick, the conditions are that Ottawa gets the pick if Veronneau plays 10 NHL games and …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Preseason Post-Game #2: Five Takeaways vs. Ottawa (again)

For the second day in a row, we have to endure the Ottawa Senators. Not just the Ottawa Senators either, but a watered down, preseason version that could still probably beat the regular Ottawa Senators.
Unfortunately, for the second day in a row as well, the Leafs lost to the Ottawa Senators. I’d say it’s not a good look, but it’s preseason. Who really cares, except for Sens fans.
Regardless, the game was still played, and as boring as it was (seriously though, even when the Leafs dominated the third, it still wasn’t interesting in the slightest), I still have to come at you with some takeaways, and thankfully, there were still quite a few, so let’s get started.
Game Recap
The Leafs lost in the most Leaf way possible, not only losing to the Ottawa Senators, but also seeing all four goals come because of a former Leaf. A Ron Hainsey power play assist, a Connor Brown assist that became a goal, a Tyler Ennis goal, and a Brown empty net goal all contributed towards a 4-3 loss to the Sens. But, at least Matthews got a couple of goals in Ottawa, he likes …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Preseason Pre-Game #2: Five things to watch as Leafs road trip back to Ontario

The Leafs lost last night to the Senators B squad in St. John’s. It happens. It’s the preseason, winning isn’t really what we should be watching for or expecting. We should be focusing on who is working well with who, who’s skating well, and generally just watch players go through the motions of removing their rust. The Senators team last night was filled with a bunch of career AHLers who see this year as their best chance at earning a job in the NHL, the Leafs roster was filled with a bunch of guys looking to scrimmage after a few days of practice.
That’s not to say there weren’t players on the Leafs last night with something to prove, it just wasn’t at the top of the roster and that makes a difference.

Projected Leafs line-up for tomorrow in Ottawa based on practice today
Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kerfoot-Petan
Agostino-Gaudet-Read
Aberg-Kossila-Shore
Rielly-Ceci
Harpur-Sandin
Kivihalme-Liljegren
Hutchinson
Halverson https://t.co/yje6QAmZiq
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 17, 2019
The Leafs projected lines for tonight contain no carryovers from last night, and the same can be said of the Senators roster for tonight as well…

Sens line up for tonight’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

If Ben Harpur plays a single game for the Leafs next season, they might as well stop trying

When the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators made a trade on July 1st, it was seen as primarily just the swap of two bad defencemen that will see different amounts of time with their new clubs, but now it seems like one of the throw-ins within the deal might see some team up with the big club.
It was initially believed that Cody Ceci might not even find some time with the Leafs, but with his new contract in hand and the severe lack of any defencemen that hold the stick a certain way, he will most likely be on the blueline when the regular season opens.
If that was not enough, one of the other players that came to Toronto in the deal for Nikita Zaitsev, Ben Harpur, might just see some playing time in the NHL next season for a team that actually wants to win some hockey games. Some might be unfamiliar with the player and think that I’m talking about a singer-songwriter that makes songs to enjoy in the bedroom, but the actual Harpur is a 6-foot-6 left-handed defenceman that has played over 100 games in the NHL — I’m surprised too.
Through a …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation