Predicting how far the Leafs will go in the playoffs

So, the Leafs lost to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night in a game that didn’t matter. Now we prepare for the Toronto and Montreal first round. I am excited. I am also nervous.
In this video, I look forward predicting where the Leafs will go and how far they will make it. I did knock on wood too because I don’t want to jinx anything. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

This game matters somehow

Load up the bus one last time, the Leafs are off to Winnipeg for potentially the last time in the 2021 NHL season as they look to end the season with their 7th win against the Jets.
With the division locked up and the round one opponent set in stone, tonight’s game may feel borderline meaningless (punctuated by yet another 8 p.m. start) but there still are playoff implications at play in the Leafs season finale. With their overtime loss to the Senators on Wednesday, the Leafs can no longer catch either of the top three teams (Carolina, Vegas, or President’s Trophy winning Colorado) in the standings, but fourth overall is still up for grabs, as a win tonight against the Jets would move the Leafs into a tie with the Florida for fourth where they would hold the tiebreaker. A fourth place finish would guarantee that the Leafs would avoid the winner of the West (presumably one of Colorado or Vegas) in round three, hold home ice against any team to come out of the East, leaving Carolina as the sole team to hold home ice over Toronto in any potential third round matchup.
A regulation loss meanwhile, …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

Reflecting on the first Leafs and Habs playoff series in 42 years

As a kid born in Winnipeg I would have been perfectly happy to be treated to a first round between the Jets and Leafs. I would have had the opportunity to trash talk my relatives, I could gingerly walk the line between 80s Jets nostalgia, and my love of the Leafs. It could have been fun. That said, the matchup we are receiving is a whole lot better.
In my lifetime (I’m not young, and by internet standards I’m a damned dinosaur) there has never been a Leafs vs. Habs playoff series. Of course we should have had one in 1993, but Kerry Fraser is incapable of seeing a blatant high stick directly in front of him, and the world had to suffer through a Kings vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Final instead of the Leafs-Habs series the world demanded (or probably just Canada, I’ll assume the rest of the hockey world was perfectly content to get more Gretzky). Anyway, that’s the closest we’ve come in 42 years. Despite the Leafs being in the same division as Montreal, the stars just haven’t aligned and either the two teams were incapable of being good at the same time …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: The losing streak is over!

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Thursday night. The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Leafs and increased the lead for first place in the North to six points over the Jets. Matthews, Simmonds, Spezza, Thornton and Marner (x2) scored for the Leafs, while Scheifele, Copp and Connor responded for the Jets.
In the first period, Auston Matthews got the ball rolling for Toronto just 27 seconds in. Matthews scored his league-leading 34th goal of the season past Connor Hellebuyck. Shortly after, Wayne Simmonds scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.

#⃣3⃣4⃣ for #⃣3⃣4⃣#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/BYTt9e5X2D
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/z0nT1cWU3z
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

The lead would be short lived, as Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp responded for the Jets to tie the game up at 2-2. On a delayed penalty, Jason Spezza redirects the Joe Thornton point shot to give the Leafs the lead once again and ending Hellebuyck’s night.

Let ‘er rip Jumbo!#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/pgjfuyzCKA
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

In the second period, Mitch Marner ripped home …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Onto the next one

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Alex Galchenyuk opened the scoring tonight for the Leafs, after some nifty passing from Mitch Marner and John Tavares. The goal was originally waved off, as the puck went in and out super fast. However, the NHL corrected and Galchenyuk got his second of the season.

W W#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/Mfu0B9db1E
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 15, 2021

After the Jets scored three unanswered goals, chasing Jack Campbell from the net, Tavares responded for the Leafs, bringing the score to 3-2 after two periods.

Heeere’s Johnny #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/Z9NruTc6bU
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2021

The Leafs pushed hard in the final frame, but could not mount a comeback, falling 5-2 at the final horn.
Three Stars
The F Star: The Powerplay
At this point, I hope Manny Malholtra lurks theleafsnation.com the powerplay needs some serious help and we talked about what we would do to fix it earlier today. This powerplay is on life support.
Third Star: David Rittich
Rittich came into the game, relieving Jack Campbell. Rittich stopped 16/17 shots he faced and tried his best to keep …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Black Girl Hockey Club Awards Scholarship to 11-year old Winnipegger

11-year old Canari Yonas of Winnipeg is the amazing recipient of a $1000 scholarship from Black Girl Hockey Club. BGHC awards scholarships 3 times a year, aiming to promote and encourage the inclusion of Black women in hockey, where they are typically underrepresented.
Besides scholarships, BGHC offers community events and education to bring awareness to the lack of racial diversity in hockey. The Club is a respected and influential changemaker in the hockey community.
Check out their website HERE. And read more about Canari HERE.

A young female hockey player in #Winnipeg has been awarded a scholarship by @BlackGirlHockey not only for her prowess on the ice, but for being a leader off-ice. https://t.co/RSbgUiSbhz
— Canadian Women & Sport | Femmes et sport Canada (@WomenandSportCA) November 8, 2020

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Postgame #45: Leafs vs Jets

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Winnipeg Jets for Wednesday Night Hockey.
The Leafs are coming off of a frustrating loss against Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but they’ll be hoping to rebound against a Winnipeg team that they’ve had success against in the past.
The Leafs lost the game in a shootout, 4-3.
Here’s 5 thoughts from the game.
Tough Luck for Andersen
After getting pulled against the Oilers on Monday night, Andersen had another rough night. He had allowed 3 goals on 15 shots. Obviously all of the chances were highly dangerous ones, but he didn’t exactly look sharp through the rest of the game.
The first goal for the Jets was some combination of bad luck and bad decision making by Andersen. He trips himself up on the way to stop a dump in he had very little chance of retrieving, and Nikolaj Ehlers is right there to fire it into an empty net.

#NHLJets lead off scoring with a very strange one that Nik Ehlers takes advantage of! 1-0 Jets. pic.twitter.com/KyApBMafuQ
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) January 9, 2020

He earned some luck back late in the game. As we went …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation