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Leafs at Sabres Game Day Thread

Leafs at Sabres Game Day Thread

A no-Tavares night just to remind us of what we’re missing. Welcome to Buffalo, home of Jack Eichel, but not Vontae Davis! Anybody else weirded out by Jeff Skinner playing on Jack Eichel’s wing? Yeah? No? It’s a non-John Tavares night, and if you need to catch up on who’s in and who’s out, Katya wrote it all up in the game preview over here. Because it’s a non-Tavares night, let us look back nostalgically to the last time he put on a Leafs jersey: Tavares finds a streaking Marner, who drops it to SUPER KAME LILJEGREN for a rocket of a slap shop. Ullmark stopped it, but JOHN...
Last Word on Hockey Sep 22, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs Tough Decisions

Toronto Maple Leafs Tough Decisions

There are a few Toronto Maple Leafs tough decisions coming up in the next couple weeks. They're well into the preseason, the easy cuts have already been made, and they're close to reducing the roster to what should be the roster on opening night. What's next? Toronto Maple Leafs Tough Decisions Are Coming There are still five pre-season games remaining, including tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres.  Auston Matthews will get the chance to keep pace with the four goals John Tavares has scored in two games. Matthews has one in one game. While preseason scoring by the team's top players...
Pension Plan Puppets Sep 22, 2018
Saturday’s FTB: Thoughts on the Maple Leafs thus far

Saturday’s FTB: Thoughts on the Maple Leafs thus far

John Tavares has four goals in two games, and the Leafs may never lose again. Good morning. The Toronto Maple Leafs are now 3-0 in the preseason, which begs the question: will they ever lose a game again? The team will head down the QEW to take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight, which should be a great opportunity to watch Rasmus Sandin. Before we get to today’s links, here are a few thoughts on the Leafs thus far: The Positives John Tavares and Auston Matthews did not forget how to score. Marner’s incredible skill level as both a playmaker and puck thief looks like the perfect...
New York Daily News Sep 22, 2018

John Tavares scores twice in front of Maple Leafs home crowd; Islanders top Flyers in OT

John Tavares scored his first two goals on home ice with the Maple Leafs and Toronto defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason play on Friday night. Ron Hainsey, Pierre Engvall and Chris Mueller also scored for the Leafs. Curtis McElhinney stopped all 20 shots he faced after replacing Garret...
Sportsnet.ca Sep 22, 2018
Leafs’ John Tavares steals show in hometown debut against Sabres

Leafs’ John Tavares steals show in hometown debut against Sabres

By the calmness he projects and the numbers he produces, you’d never guess John Tavares is still figuring out how things work in Leafland. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
www.bostonherald.com Sep 21, 2018
NHL roundup: Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs down Sabres 5-3

NHL roundup: Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs down Sabres 5-3

John Tavares scored his first two goals on home ice with the Maple Leafs and Toronto defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason play on Friday night.Ron Hainsey, Pierre Engvall and Chris Mueller also scored for the Leafs. Curtis McElhinney stopped all 20 shots he faced after replacing Garret Sparks, who made nine saves, midway through the second period.Andrew Oglevie, C.J. Smith and Tage Thompson scored for the Sabres. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves in taking the loss.The teams will play an exhibition rematch Saturday night in Buffalo.Tavares made it 3-1 with his third of the preseason at...
Sportsnet.ca Sep 21, 2018
Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs top Sabres

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs top Sabres

John Tavares found the back of the net twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
Toronto Star Sep 21, 2018
John Tavares scores two as Leafs beat Sabres

John Tavares scores two as Leafs beat Sabres

Free-agent pickup scores his first goals on new home ice
Sportsnet.ca Sep 21, 2018
John Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs down Sabres

John Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs down Sabres

John Tavares scored his first two goals on home ice with the Maple Leafs as Toronto defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in pre-season play on Friday night. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
Toronto Sun Sep 21, 2018

Tavares scores in pre-season home debut, Hyman hurt as Leafs beat Sabres

John Tavares made a splash in his Maple Leafs pre-season debut on Tuesday, and then took another dip into the collective hearts of Leafs Nation on Friday. Against the Buffalo Sabres his home debut at Scotiabank Arena, Tavares scored on a Timothy Liljegren rebound in the first period, staking the Leafs to a 3-1 lead […]
Toronto Sun Sep 21, 2018

Tavares and kids set for home debut

Three Maple Leafs, in vastly different circumstances, get their first look at home ice on Friday. John Tavares, back at Scotiabank Arena for the first time since signing a seven-year $77 million US deal on July 1, will likely take the opening face-off and get a thundering ovation for the exhibition game against the Buffalo […]
Pension Plan Puppets Sep 21, 2018
Friday’s FTB: Tavares makes his Scotiabank Arena debut tonight

Friday’s FTB: Tavares makes his Scotiabank Arena debut tonight

Technically, so does everyone else. It’s Friday and there’s something approximating a Leafs game tonight. Apparently, John Tavares is still a Leaf, it’s not just a fever dream. Rasmus Sandin may encounter Rasmus Dahlin, and perhaps even SDA could get into the lineup. ICYMI The wonderful world of the Atlantic Division Part 2: Fighting for the top spot - Pension Plan PuppetsCan the Leafs call themselves number one? Comparing Steve Dangle’s Prospect Pyramid to PPP’s Top 25 Under 25 - Pension Plan PuppetsThere are only three types of players in this list: good players, players with...
Toronto Sun Sep 20, 2018

Hyman talking up a storm with Tavares as gets accustomed to new Leafs centre

Zach Hyman didn’t personally know John Tavares before the Maple Leafs added the Oakville native in the NHL’s biggest free-agency splash of the summer. Now, Hyman and Tavares and linemate Mitch Marner can’t stop talking to each other. The verbal communication is crucial as Hyman wants to make the transition to playing with Tavares and […]
Sportsnet.ca Sep 20, 2018
Leafs load up top power-play unit with Tavares and Matthews

Leafs load up top power-play unit with Tavares and Matthews

In the Toronto Maple Leafs pursuit of John Tavares this summer, the team will now deploy one of the most lethal power play units in the league. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
Toronto Sun Sep 20, 2018

John Tavares net-front and centre on Maple Leafs power plays

Mike Babcock had a bit of a surprise when the Maple Leafs  were recruiting John Tavares late in June before eventually signing the star centre to a seven-year contract on July 1. “I asked him in what spot he wanted to play on the power play and he said net-front,” Babcock said on Thursday after […]

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