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

Introducing the TLN Maple Leafs Stat Pack

We’re happy to announce the roll-out of a valuable stats resource for Maple Leafs fans, the TLN Maple Leafs Stat Pack (MLSP).
Preview of the MLSPThis expansive Tableau dashboard, which will be updated the day after each Maple Leafs game, is designed to give fans a one-stop shop for deeper insights into their beloved Buds. Aiming to fill a void left by surface-level data storytelling in traditional sportswriting and television broadcasts, the MLSP will summarize skater, goaltender and team stats to help tell fans a better story about the performance of their Maple Leafs. We guarantee you will learn something new and interesting every time you visit.
Features of the dashboard include:
Skater Stats
Points-per-60
Primary-points-per-60
Points by Type (primary vs. secondary)
Points by State (even strength vs. powerplay vs. shorthanded)
Expected Goals Share (xGF%)
Shot Attempt Share (CF%)
“Expectations vs. Reality” (a scatterplot of actual goal share [GF%] vs. expected goal share [xGF%] to see who is out/underperforming their expected goals rate
“Give ‘n Take” (a net view of takeaways and giveaways)
“Sin Bin” (a net view of penalties taken and drawn)
“Predator vs. Prey” (a net view of hits taken and given)
“Wear & Tear” (a …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation