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Maybe Later: Mac Hollowell

My Sault Ste. Marie bias is showing, but I’m betting that Kyle Dubas has a stronger bias toward Greyhounds and specifically Mac Hollowell, being that Hollowell was the second last player (12th round, 237th overall) Dubas ever drafted for the Greyhounds, just months prior to being hired by the Maple Leafs in the summer of…

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2017-18 Leafs Season in Review: William Nylander

Hello, friends. Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and saviour, William Nylander? Stats GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS Rel.CF% Rel.xGF% 82 20 41 61 .40 -.67 The Hyman-Matthews-Nylander line was great again at 5v5, operating at a clip of 2.07 rel.CF%, 3.87 rel.xGF% which resulted in a 15.01 rel.GF% largely due to…

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Examining William Nylander’s varying production rates

If you were to take a quick glance at William Nylander’s point production on a per game basis, you’d probably come to the conclusion that he’s performing more or less the same as he did last year. He’s shooting and scoring slightly less, but producing assists at a slightly higher rate, which makes for a…

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Kasperi Kapanen deserves a full-time role with the Leafs

When Kasperi Kapanen gets put in the lineup he immediately becomes the fastest player on the Leafs and, most nights, the fastest skater on the ice at all times. The dude can skate. Kapanen was just sent back to the Marlies, but I’m hoping it’s just to keep him on the ice while the Leafs…

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Travis Dermott might be really good

Travis Dermott has only played four career NHL games, so there isn’t any meaningful data at the NHL level from which to draw any conclusions about his future just yet and data is what I usually lean on in my #analysis. What we do have, however, is our totally unbiased and infallible eye test™ and…

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I love the Carolina Hurricanes and you should too

There is one thing about tomorrow night’s Leafs vs. Hurricanes game that makes me sad: one team has to lose. The best we can all hope for is overtime and then when they don’t score in overtime they forego the shootout by agreeing to share the extra point, with each team receiving 1.5 standings points…

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What’s been driving the Leafs’ improvements on the PK?

Back in September I wrote about the one area I was concerned about in regards to the Leafs heading into the season: the penalty kill. For those of you who, understandably, refuse to consume two of my posts in one sitting, the Leafs gave up a tonne of shots at 4v5 and the only reason…

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Stop playing Roman Polak over Connor Carrick. Please.

Leafs practice D Rielly-Hainsey Gardiner-Carrick Borgman-ZaitsevPolak — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 31, 2017 Thank goodness. Last year’s re-signing of Roman Polak didn’t make sense to me, as he’s always been bad. Over the three seasons prior, Polak’s teams simply performed much worse with him on the ice at 5v5 than they did with him on…

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Game tape: Leafs vs. Habs goal breakdowns

Five games into the season the Leafs are 4-1-0 and have scored 26 goals in those five games. That is good. It’s also an extremely limited sample size, so it would be silly to draw any strong conclusions from data at this point. Due to this, I’m going to stray from my usual statistically inclined…

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The Leafs need to make some changes to their penalty kill

The Leafs’ special teams play was a huge reason they squeaked into the playoffs in ’16/17 and we should expect the powerplay to be among the league’s best again this season. The penalty kill, though, is not quite as inspiring. At first glance, the Leafs were 11th in goals against per hour on the penalty…

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Projecting Auston Matthews’ 2017-18 point totals

Recently here at TLN, Brock Seguin predicted Auston Matthews would once again hit the 40 goal mark next season (he even gave him an extra goal for good measure) while adding nine assists to last year’s total of 29. This would result in Matthews adding ten points to last year’s total of 69, which, in…