In a few hours, either the Boston Bruins or the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing their final hockey game of the 2017-18 NHL season. For 60 minutes (or maybe more, depending on if the game goes to overtime), these two Original Six rivals will take the ice at the Boston Garden, put everything else
The winner of every game of the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs series has been the team that scored first. In a series that has plagued both teams with slow starts, the gameplan has become simple: start fast and early. The team that has taken the steering wheel early in each of the first
Nazem Kadri is set to return from his three-game suspension Saturday night, Game 5 of his Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins. Kadri’s return couldn’t be timelier for the Maple Leafs, who are facing elimination after a 3-1 loss Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. Though Toronto’s play improved during
Things looked a little bit bleak for the Toronto Maple Leafs after Game 2. Nazem Kadri was suspended, Leo Komarov was hurt and most of the players who were actually playing hadn’t made an impact. Toronto’s penalty kill wasn’t killing and the Maple Leafs were giving up scoring chance after scoring chance at even strength.
For the past two seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been unhappy with their fourth line center situation. The problem has been a combination of players that just aren’t good enough for the NHL and players that don’t fit the role that Mike Babcock wants his fourth line center to play. Last year this was
To get their quarterfinal series back on track against the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs are considering any and all options. In essentially every facet of the first two games, the Maple Leafs have struggled to contend with the Bruins who have looked tougher, quicker, more talented and have had better goaltending through the
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first two games of their quarterfinal playoff series against the Boston Bruins could not have started any worse. From a costly suspension to Nazem Kadri that still has two games remaining to Boston’s playoff leading 12 goals scored, nothing has gone their way and many are beginning to question
The Toronto Maple Leafs have given up 12 goals in the first two games of their best-of-seven series with the Boston Bruins, and very quickly it’s turning into a potential four-game sweep of the blue and white. While the Leafs were able to get three behind Tuukka Rask in Game 2 on Saturday, the Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following his illegal and forceful hit to the head of Boston Bruins’ forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Kadri was assessed a five-minute major penalty for the charging and was also handed
When the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, nothing that happened in the regular season will matter. It’s for that reason that the 50-win, 112 point-earning Boston Bruins will have to work hard and not rest on their laurels against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round of the postseason. It’s for that very same
In this year’s run for the Stanley Cup, the biggest threat for the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the Boston Bruins, hands down. At one time, the Vegas Golden Knights were a threat but since that low point on New Year’s Eve, the Leafs have stood their ground – with the exception of the Bruins,
They might not suit up against each other that often, but the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars are no strangers to each other when it comes to moving players. In fact, since 1998 the two teams have dealt with each other five times – with one player still donning the blue and white for
After Curtis McElhinney’s latest shutout, a 33-save whitewash of the lowly Montreal Canadiens on Saturday – his third in 16 games this season, and on St. Patrick’s Day, no less – it seemed like the appropriate time to look back on the 34-year-old’s journey to Toronto. Remember, this is someone who was claimed on waivers by
An expansion team that came into the NHL in 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have as much history when it comes to trading as the Leafs do with other franchises. That said, over their 18-year existence, the Blue Jackets have dealt with the Leafs four times when it comes to
While the Toronto Maple Leafs have only had four trades with the Colorado Avalanche in their 22-year existence, their dealings go back much further to a time when the Avs resided in Quebec as the Nordiques. At that time, the Leafs acquired a player that would play a major role in the franchise’s history and
Best known for giving the Toronto Maple Leafs their 21st captain in franchise history, the Calgary Flames have been dance partners at the trade table with the Leafs a number of times over the last little while. While they haven’t dealt with each other since Sept. 2013, the Leafs and Flames did exchange players and
Their rivalry is separated by a border and a highway. Fans of both teams show up at away games so easily that they can change the feel of the atmosphere for one another’s home games. But when it comes to trading, there hasn’t been much action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres.
The Toronto Maple Leafs success this season can be attributed to one player, Frederik Andersen. Although Auston Matthews has led the way with timely goals and dominance in the offensive zone, Andersen has been the one to have elevated this team to be the third best team in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
The biggest issue facing the Toronto Maple Leafs is one which each and every NHL franchise would be glad to face. Boasting overwhelming depth up-front, the Leafs have, over time, collected a wealth of capable forwards and competent young prospects eager to make an impact at the NHL-level. Unfortunately, this mass of both quality and
James van Riemsdyk wouldn’t be the first player to crumble under the pressure of a contract year, especially the first one of a career. But, JVR, who has been with the Leafs since being acquired in the Luke Schenn trade back in 2012, has done everything but succumb to the uncertainty the final year of
The Toronto Maple Leafs are continuing to toy with the lineup as the season progresses, filling holes where they need it and plucking some players off the roster and either scratching them or loaning them to their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies. Kasperi Kapanen and Frederik Gauthier have been up and down, while Matt Martin has
You can’t help but feel for Josh Leivo. After growing up just outside of Toronto he was drafted by his hometown Maple Leafs in a feel-good story that few players get to experience. Since then, however, his hockey career has been rocky, to say the least. He’s too good to play in the AHL and too
Prior to last night’s loss in Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs played what was easily their most impressive stretch of this season – perhaps dating back to before the 2004-05 lockout. It wasn’t so much that they put together a four-game win streak – they’ve had many of those since that time, especially the last
After the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 2-0 lead Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, eventually losing 3-2 in overtime, goaltender Frederik Andersen let his team have it. “We’ve got to regroup, I think we’ve got to figure out who wants to commit to playing for the team. “I don’t think we’re tired. I
Last week, Rob Vollman of ESPN.com wrote a pretty provocative piece concerning the legitimacy of an Auston Matthews trade out of Toronto. When I read the headline, I probably thought what most Leafs fans thought: there’s no way the Toronto Maple Leafs are trading Matthews. The article itself was thought-provoking, and there was a lot
On Wednesday, I wrote a column calling into question Mike Babcock’s use of his players. Included in there was the lineup I would like to see the Leafs use as often as possible. One forward line you’ll see I didn’t tamper with was the top-line trio of Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews and Willy Nylander. An
There may be no better chance to see some of your favourite NHL team’s best prospects than at the World Junior Championships. While much of the focus this year centered around 17-year-old phenom Rasmus Dahlin and a lack of attendance, it was an opportunity to evaluate the progress of some prospects that are already drafted.
There is always something interesting about looking back on earlier NHL draft years. Seeing where players started their careers to see where they ended up later on. And there is an enjoyment in looking back with hindsight. When thinking about NHL draft busts there are always two names that first come to mind. Alexandre Daigle,
On Thursday night in Toronto, Nazem Kadri pulled more hair off Joe Thonrton’s chin than he’s ever been able to grow on his own. He’d later score a goal by redirecting the puck with the very tip of his foot. Both acts serve as a analogy for the player Kadri has become; a player who
Aside from their 8-1 thrashing of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Next Century Game, the Toronto Maple Leafs had hit a mini slump over the past couple weeks. Losses to the Flyers, Wild and Red Wings without Auston Matthews in the lineup had Leafs Nation wondering what this team was going to do on a