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LGD: The return of the Bernier v. Sparks debate

In 2015, the Toronto Maple Leafs had bottomed out about as much as they were going to in today’s NHL. It took their starting goaltender until December 19th to record his first season win. They set a franchise record for number of single-season losses with a whopping fifty-three. And while the misery paid off in…

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LGD: Make it Five

It’s game day for the Toronto Maple Leafs – and although it’s a road game, the team didn’t have to travel all that far to get where they were going. Toronto will look to put up their fifth consecutive win against their divisional rivals, the Buffalo Sabres, at the First Niagara Center just across the…

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Calvin Pickard hits waivers in potentially great move for Toronto

The Leafs took a massive hit in their goaltending depth chart this fall, when an attempt to sneak both their third and fourth NHL-quality goaltenders through waivers on the same day resulted in neither avoiding a claim. Curtis McElhinney was picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes to fill in for an injured Scott Darling, and…

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Postgame: Selfless David Pastrnak comes up short

The rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs is usually one of the most fun things to watch on the Twitterverse, and the games tend to be played like the Game Seven everyone would love to do over. So when you can get a chance to squash all that excitement and good…

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects 2018: #8 Joseph Woll

This time last year, I was thrust into unfamiliar territory. For the last four years, I’d covered the Arizona Coyotes. I’d always done freelance for the Leafs, because I was stuffed into a Leafs jersey before I even knew how to skate and I love making my family happy. Then sites started making layoffs, I…

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LGD: The most winnable of games

Earlier this week, NBC Sports’ Adam Gretz put out his weekly power rankings with a fantastic tidbit about the Detroit Red Wings, whom he had listed in dead last as of Monday: “After being systematically dismantled by Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, the Red Wings enter the week having lost 10 games in a…

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LGD: Facing down Phil the Thrill

There’s roughly a month of the NHL season left, and plenty of teams are starting to hit that final showdown fatigue. Toronto is no exception. We’ve seen Frederik Andersen’s bid for a Vezina start to pale as the season wears him down a bit (he’s allowed five goals in each of his last two games,…

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LGD: Welcome to the Austonless Show

The Toronto Maple Leafs are always down for a good, healthy rivalry matchup. With key playoff-bound points on the line, though, the Leafs couldn’t be facing their division rivals in Boston at a worse time; without Auston Matthews in the lineup, it’s a big blow to their overall level of competition against a team that’s…

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LGD: Back-to-bounce-back

It’s Game Day! Again! The Leafs took a disappointing loss home on Saturday night with a 5-3 decision awarded in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they’re back at it less than 24 hours later with what should, in theory, be a much easier game. Toronto will skate out at the Little Caesars Arena in…

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LGD: testing the waters vs. the Predators

It’s game day in Toronto, and it’s a doozy of a game day at that. The Leafs have been using this season as a bit of a litmus test; they aren’t far enough along in their rebuild to really go all-in on winning, but do want to see if it’s possible to sustain true playoff…

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LGD: But where is Marchand, again?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are riding high after sweeping the New York teams – and shutting them both out in the process – but they’ll get a huge test on Saturday evening, facing the surprisingly resilient Boston Bruins on the road at TD Garden. PLAYOFF PREVIEW??? MAYBE???? THE LEAFS The good news is that Morgan…

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LGD: The Glass Wall

It’s been a tough January for the Toronto Maple Leafs, with coaching decisions getting called out and even the normally affable and unshakeable Freddie Andersen losing his cool a bit. If there’s a team that’s having an even worse month, though, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite a weak defense and inconsistent offense, Chicago had been…