Maple Leafs lose second-straight to Canucks – Rate That Leafs Game

Again, the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Vancouver Canucks. It wasn’t the best game for Toronto, but it also wasn’t one of their worst games of the season. They had 39 shots on Thatcher Demko, who really stole the game for the Canucks.
However, I don’t want to sit here and say the Maple Leafs couldn’t have played better because they could have. A lot of sloppy plays in their end and in Vancouver’s end which resulted in either a goal for the Canucks or a missed opportunity for Toronto.
All in all, not the best game but now they get to go home, get some rest and prepare for the Winnipeg Jets. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs knocked down a peg, losing second game against Vancouver

After a quick goal the Canucks scored to take an early lead in the first period, the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their excellent play this season to take over this game for the rest of that period.
Their defending looked excellent, limiting the Canucks to low-danger chances mostly. They also showed elite passing and movement in the offensive zone to create zone time.
John Tavares capitalized first with this ripper of a slap shot that fools Demko:

John Tavares with a slap shot past Thatcher Demko tie the game at 1-1! pic.twitter.com/7H7iuGbsaK
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 7, 2021

Into the second period, the show continued, as the fourth line and Jimmy Vesey continued their good form by creating a smart in-zone 2-on-1 against a walking pylon in Tyler Myers and found the back of the net:

John Tavares with a slap shot past Thatcher Demko tie the game at 1-1! pic.twitter.com/7H7iuGbsaK
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 7, 2021

However, after this, the tide turned in favour of the Canucks, as they started to generate some more sustained offense, and killed off a penalty with what seemed like ease.
The Leafs began to look sloppy and …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to avoid first series loss this season against Canucks

Since the season started almost two months ago, the Leafs have played 13 different “series’” this season, also counting just a single game against an opponent as one. Going into tonight’s game, they have yet to lose one, but that may be in jeopardy tonight, as the Leafs look to rebound from Thursday night’s 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Of course, it’s not like the Leafs played bad in that game. They actually played quite well for the first two periods, but once the third period rolled around, it was fairly obvious that fatigue was getting to them, as they were playing their 4th game in 6 nights, and the second half of a back to back. That fatigue may still be there for tonight’s game, but it probably shouldn’t be as big of a factor as Thursday’s game.
For the Canucks, they had lost five of their last six going into the game, so it might have been a big boost in team morale, especially without Elias Pettersson. But, since a 6-5-0 start to the season, they have gone 4-10-2, so those wins have come few and far between these days. However, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Staturday Weekly Column #12: There’s rain in the forecast for Toronto

Thus far in these weekly Staturday posts, I’ve focused on player-level stats. A new angle I’d like to take today is to look at team-level stats, to see just how good the Leafs have been this season.
I want to frame this post with two key questions that I aim to answer:
Are the Leafs secretly mediocre and hiding it with unsustainable shooting and goaltending results?
Where are they excelling and where are they failing?
Shot Attempts
Unlike quality player-level data, where Natural Stat Trick (NST) and Evolving-Hockey (E-H) are our the main resources available, there’s a bounty of websites that host team-level Corsi data of value. Adding to that tandem of stats sites, I’ll also be using Puck On Net (PON), Money Puck (MP) and HockeyReference (H-R) for today’s post.
If you’re new to these kinds of statistics, check out my primer.
This season, basic Corsi shot attempts look fairly bad for Toronto. From NST, at 5-on-5 and Even Strength, they’re 25th and 27th in the league respectively. That’s a quite ugly place to start, but also a very simple picture of what’s happening
One way we can add some …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs vs Canucks 03/06/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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A recent loss has hurt the Toronto Maple Leafs’ value on the moneyline due to expectations it was only a one-game offensive drought, so bettors ought to look for the upside in the totals trend. The Maple Leafs are -180 away favourites and the Vancouver Canucks are +160 home underdogs with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto is 6-2 in its last eight games as an away favourite, with the UNDER hitting five times. Vancouver is 3-6 in its last nine games as an underdog at home. The Maple Leafs are just 7-6 in their last 13 away games when favoured at -150 or deeper into minus money. The Canucks are 7-10 in their last 17 home games as an underdog +130 or higher, with the total going UNDER in five of the seven most recent matchups.
Maple Leafs vs Canucks | OddsShark Matchup Report
The total has gone UNDER at sports betting sites in both five of Toronto’s last six games and three of Vancouver’s last four.
The Canucks beat the Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday when Toronto was on the second night of back-to-back games. Vancouver …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

The NHL is considering having the Leafs play their playoff games in Buffalo

The NHL is considering having the Leafs play their playoff games in Buffalo

With the vaccine rollout slow and no signs of the border opening up in the near future, the NHL is planning where to play the Canadian team that advances to the third round of the playoffs according to Pierre LeBrun. If it’s the Leafs, they could play their games in Buffalo.

“One idea being floated is whether the Leafs relocate just across the border to Buffalo.”@PierreVLeBrun on Toronto overtaking KeyBank Center for the playoffs. https://t.co/nO33TyCvvM
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) March 5, 2021

Apart from how hilarious this would be, it makes a ton of sense. Buffalo is the closest city to Toronto and there is an established fan base in the area already. The Blue Jays already had spent nearly the entire the 2020 season in the city so it makes sense for another Toronto residence to take up the KeyBank Arena if necessary.
Of course, this is entingent on the Canadian government loosing their regulations on the mandatory 14 day quarantine that has made trades between Canadian and American teams difficult to execute. Due to aforementioned lack of clarity on if and when the border will be open, having a Canadian team play between two to eight playoff …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

DFO Rundown: The Leafs don’t need to make a splash ahead of the Trade Deadline

We’re nearing the midpoint of the 2021 season and the Toronto Maple Leafs have the most points in the NHL.

After a commanding three-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers, the Leafs own an 18-5-2 record, sit seven points clear of the Winnipeg Jets for the top spot in the Canadian Division, and are in legitimate contention for the Presidents’ Trophy.
As great as a dominant regular season in, of course, the Leafs’ ultimate goal this season is to go deep into the playoffs, which is something the franchise hasn’t done since before the 2004-05 lockout.
With the Trade Deadline just over one month away, Frank Seravalli and Jason Gregor spoke on the DFO Rundown about whether or not the Leafs should make a big splash to cement themselves as the team to beat come playoff time.
YAREMCHUK: There’s lot of talk that the Leafs could maybe add Mikael Granlund at the trade deadline, but I think they can aim higher than that. I think a name like Taylor Hall makes sense in Toronto. Frank, I’ll start with you. Buying or selling on the Leafs adding a significant top-six winger at the deadline?
SERAVALLI: So just from …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs lose 3-1 to the Canucks – Rate That Leafs Game

As the Maple Leafs entered a back-to-back against the Vancouver Canucks, one thing was certain — it was going to be a tough game for Toronto. And that it was.
They struggled to score on Thatcher Demko who made it really tough for the Leafs to get anything past him. He stopped 31 shots in a 3-1 win.
We also received some sad news shortly before last night’s game ended. Walter Gretzky, the father of Wayne Gretzky passed away at 82. In my video, I explain what kind of impact he’s made on the game of hockey. His legacy will always be remembered and Walter was someone who grew the game immensely. Rest in peace, Walter Gretzky.
I hope you all enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Amirov in the playoffs, Liljegren lights the lamp, Abramov returns to action

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With how well the Leafs have played so far this season, fans could be forgiven for not being ultra focused on the franchise’s young talent playing outside the NHL.
The Leafs’ prospect pool, however, has improved significantly through the last couple of drafts and there are players in the system who might not be outside the NHL for long. The continued development of the organization’s top prospects will be essential to the Leafs being able to sustain the model they are currently finding so much success with.
Having so much of their salary cap space allocated to the top part of their lineup, the Leafs have had to find useful depth players on the cheap. Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza have made the most notable contributions among the lesser paid players on the team, but others like Zach Bogosian, Travis Boyd, and even Jimmy Vesey have played important roles for Sheldon Keefe’s squad as well.
Those guys won’t be around forever, and while Kyle Dubas will continue looking for cheap veteran depth, integrating some of the organization’s top prospects on cheap contracts will be key to maintaining a successful team in …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Second night of a back to back goes predictably bad for the Leafs

The Leafs are coming off of three hard played decisive victories over the second place team in the division, so it seemed somewhat inevitable that some level of fatigue might catch up with them, and the banged up Leafs fell flat against the Canucks, in what was a bit of a freebie scenario for Vancouver as the Leafs fell 3-1.
Now, that’s a lot of excuse making for the Leafs, but in a game where the potential netminder could have been any one of Andersen, Campbell, or Hutchinson, only to have it end up being Plan C, Hutchinson getting the nod at the 11th hour points to game that wasn’t one the Leafs seemed likely to win. Of course, the Canucks are also a very bad team, and for a team that was so dominant against Edmonton, expecting a win was a fair way to go into the game as well. Should we takeaway much in that it ended in a loss to the Canucks, no, probably not. Saturday’s game will be much more important in evaluating how these two teams line up against each other.
The game didn’t get off to the strong start, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation