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Morgan Rielly and young Maple Leafs feel positive vibes

Source: The Toronto Star
Date: 2017-01-17

The Leafs’ defenceman said the team’s success the season has motivated players to work harder.

Good friends Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel set for first NHL showdown

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

TORONTO – If Auston Matthews had entered the world two days earlier, the dynamic of this showdown would be a little different. Instead of the Connor McDavid–Jack Eichel comparisons that fuelled conversation surrounding the 2015 draft class or the Laine-Matthews debate that rages today, we would’ve heard more chatter about whether it was 6-foot-2 centre Eichel or the 6-foot-2 centre Matthews, just 11 months younger, destined to represent America’s next great hockey hope. Alas, Matthews’ bubble birthday would make him the class of 2016, and give him a chance to benefit from his countryman’s spin under the microscope. “The team that gets [Matthews] is going to be incredibly surpri

Maple Leafs Have A Long History Of Playoff-Clinching Surprises

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2017-01-17

Photo Credit: Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SPORTSToronto Maple Leafs?  Playoffs?  In a full 82-game season?  Surely not, right?  Well, the deductive reasoning, and scoreboard-watching, and calculating is already happening, I can assure you of that.  And, yes, it's officially past the halfway point of January, and by the time the Leafs finish a four game homestand after eight of ten games away (and nine of ten away from the Air Canada Centre, given one of the home games was in a soccer stadium), we'll have a much clearer sense as to realistic nature of the Leafs' playoff aspirations.

Q&A: Richard Deitsch on world junior ratings, U.S. sports coverage and more

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

If you’re intrigued about the coverage of sports media you’re probably familiar with Richard Deitsch. Deitsch is a writer, editor and reporter for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. Of late he’s become the go-to guy when it comes to covering sports journalism. When not teaching the craft as an adjunct journalism professor at Columbia University, Deitsch is critiquing and reporting on those in sports who are paid to critique and report. He’s also built a brand around canvassing the best journalism pieces. That’s something he routinely does at the end of his weekly “Media Circus” columns and does at the end of the year. If you haven’t seen his best journalism accumulation of 2016 i

No denying Maple Leafs are ahead of Sabres in rebuild efforts

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

Analyzing the outlooks of five rebuilding NHL teams

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

Not everyone can be a Stanley Cup contender…even if 22 of the NHL’s 30 teams are “above .500”. That’s right — 22 NHL teams have accumulated more than half of the available points to them on the season so far, with the surprising Vancouver Canucks coming in at No. 22 with a 20-19-6 record. But no one is confusing them as a Cup contender. Most of the teams you would consider contenders, though, were at or near the very bottom of the league not all that long ago. Pittsburgh, Washington, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago and Columbus (if you want to go that far) have all had top five picks in the draft in the past 13 years, which were building blocks of the roster

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres – Game #42 Preview & Projected Lines

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2017-01-17

Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-8, 16th in NHL) vs. Buffalo Sabres (17-17-9, 27th in NHL) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST Arena: Air Canada Centre Watch: Sportsnet Ontario Game Day Notes – The Leafs enter the game 8-1-1 in their last ten (third hottest team in the league over that span, behind Washington and Minnesota) and have scored 43 goals […] The post Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres – Game #42 Preview & Projected Lines appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

NHL Rumors: Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2017-01-17

On the Chicago Blackhawks … Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times: The Blackhawks blueline is deeper than it was last season, but they are thinner up front. The Blackhawks need to trade for a top-six winger before the trade deadline. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa need a left winger, one they’ve been looking for

Preview: Leafs, Sabres Renew Rivalry

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-01-17

The Toronto Maple Leafs will officially open up the second half of their season when they take on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. A team that holds their own destiny in their hands, the Leafs have shocked a number of people with the success they’ve been able to procure over the first half of the season. Jack Eichel has 17 points in just 22 games for the Sabres this season. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) Through the first 41 games, the Leafs have a 20-13-8 record and 48 points. Their Tuesday night counterparts are just five points behind them (with 43 points) but sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. However, in the last 10 games, the Leafs have had better success than the S

Matthews-Eichel an intriguing showdown as Maple Leafs host Sabres

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2017-01-17

The resumption of the Toronto-Buffalo rivalry now has an enticing headline act on the marquee: Auston Matthews vs. Jack Eichel.

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