10:45 PM EST, Wed November 13, 2019
1 hour ago
Special Teams Sink Leafs; Isles Win 5-4

Special Teams Sink Leafs; Isles Win 5-4

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ A wild one on the island goes against us. The Leafs journeyed to Long Island tonight so that the world’s bitterest exes could boo John Tavares again. Zach Hyman returned to the lineup on Johnny T’s left wing. First Period The first few shifts are not tremendously exciting. The Isles fans cheer when Tavares loses a faceoff. Mat Barzal forechecks Cody Ceci and Ceci, as is his wont, coughs the puck up. Credit where it’s due: Barry Trotz has taught the Islanders to play solid defensive hockey and it seems to work for them, but my God it’s dull. The Leafs get a...
4 hours ago
GDT: Maple Leafs @ Islanders

GDT: Maple Leafs @ Islanders

Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Zach Hyman is back! Maple Leafs (9-6-4) @ Islanders (12-3-1) 7:00 p.m.Watch on: Sportsnet, MSG+Opponent’s site: Lighthouse Hockey Here’s our preview of tonight’s Zach Hyman return game. TAVARES: The Islanders are closing in on us! Whatever should I do without Mitch to help me?VOICE: Never fear, Big John.TAVARES: Who said that?![cue music as Hyman descends on a rope from the top of the arena] HYMAN: It’s me, Zach Hyman, the greatest linemate the world of hockey has ever known!TAVARES: I can feel my xG returning already!
8 hours ago
Preview: roster changes ahead of a date on the Island

Preview: roster changes ahead of a date on the Island

Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via . Zach is bach. Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders: 7:00pm Watch on: Sportsnet, MSG+ Opponent’s site: Lighthouse Hockey This is the fourth game the Maple Leafs will play against the New York Islanders in the John Tavares era. In the first two games, the Leafs lost by a combined score of 10-1. The Leafs got some revenge when they won the third matchup of the season 2-1. Who’s scared now, eh? Asterisk on the first two games, as Garret Sparks was in net and he, frankly, was not up to the task. Speaking of backup goalies not up to the...
13 hours ago
I Am A Little Concerned About This Whole Leafs Situation

I Am A Little Concerned About This Whole Leafs Situation

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via I would like to talk to you about it. A few weeks ago, I wrote what I thought was a fairly measured article arguing that while the Leafs occasionally would piss us off, the team was one of the better ones we’ve had and we should appreciate that. They’ve made the playoffs three years running and the last two years they did so fairly comfortably. They have genuinely great offence. Expected goals are borked right now, so I’ll just note their shot differentials are excellent so far. Their goaltending has been brutal to start the year, but I’d be...
14 hours ago
WHW: Delivering a message on and off the ice

WHW: Delivering a message on and off the ice

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ It’s been kind of a week in women’s hockey. On Thursday, Budweiser teamed up with the PWHPA to bring more visibility to their mission and try to attract more support both at the grassroots and the corporate level. What is otherwise an excellent video is somewhat marred by the presence of Don Cherry. Hockey Hall of Famer Jayna Hefford, who was the Interim Commissioner in the final season of the CWHL and is now the Operations Consultant for the PWHPA talked to Tim and Sid following the launch of the campaign. “We believe the game is better than it’s ever...
15 hours ago
Maple Leafs face the Bruins in the very important HHOF Induction Game

Maple Leafs face the Bruins in the very important HHOF Induction Game

Photo By Dave Sandford/ Do you plan to go see it live? Every so often I get a pitch from someone who wants to give me data on how expensive tickets to the Maple Leafs are. They want me to write an article that uses their data to promote their service, which is hard not to see as a carefully designed tool to state the obvious. This would be like making a statistical model that managed to tell you Connor McDavid was good at hockey and not much else. StubHub wanted us to do an article about their service, which is something you might actually be interested in ahead of the HHOF induction...
16 hours ago
Wednesday’s FTB: Return to New York

Wednesday’s FTB: Return to New York

Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports Maybe? Where are the Isles playing these days? The Toronto Maple Leafs are heading to New York tonight to play the New York Islanders, and I wish I could tell you whether or not we can expect more rubber snakes to be thrown at John Tavares, but I haven’t been paying enough attention to Isles fans to know whether or not they’re still mad. They’re probably still mad, right? They seemed pretty mad last time. As Leafs fans return to our yearly tradition of alternatively worrying and arguing about how many games Frederik Andersen is playing, we take a...
Nov 12, 2019
Michael Hutchinson clears waivers

Michael Hutchinson clears waivers

Credit: Thomas Skrlj He will have to be immediately assigned to the AHL to clear roster space for Zach Hyman. Michael Hutchinson (TOR) clears waivers.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 12, 2019 As expected, Michael Hutchinson has cleared waivers, and unlike Martin Marincin, who is still on the Leafs, he’ll need to be immediately sent to the AHL in order to make room for Zach Hyman. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been loaned to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). #LeafsForever— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 12, 2019 Hutchinson, who had a successful AHL season last year,...
Nov 12, 2019
Maple Leafs recall Kasimir Kaskisuo and Nic Petan

Maple Leafs recall Kasimir Kaskisuo and Nic Petan

Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Cleared or claimed, Michael Hutchinson is off the team for now. Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs put Michael Hutchinson on waivers, and today they have called up Nic Petan (to fill the opening left by Mitch Marner’s injury) and Kasimir Kaskisuo. The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Nic Petan and goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/mo1Wb7Jxlz— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 12, 2019 Kasimir Kaskisuo is expected to be the Leafs backup for some undefined period of time. But any idea...
Nov 12, 2019
Pick a number: What’s the perfect number of starts for a goalie?

Pick a number: What’s the perfect number of starts for a goalie?

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Playing guessing games around the issue of goalie rest and readiness for the playoffs. For the second part of the goalie series, today, I want to tackle goalie rest! No, wait, come back, this will be different and interesting (or your money back) and at no time will I use a term with the initials L.M., I promise. How many games should a starter get? One goalie can’t play 82 games. Finding a good tandem you can afford to play 41 each is nearly impossible. Somewhere in between 41 and 82 is the magic number of starts. Jordan Binnington played in 32 regular...
Nov 12, 2019
Tuesdays FTB: So, lots of snow yesterday, eh?

Tuesdays FTB: So, lots of snow yesterday, eh?

Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via And how about those clowns in congress? What a bunch of clowns. Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! I don’t know about you but I can’t find any big news this morning. I was up very late trying to help my wife register for her spring semester classes, at 11PM for some stupid reason, then the system went down and in their infinite wisdom the school did not have anyone working the help desk during registration. Wheeee! Also, just all that snow shoveling. Holy jeez, we’re barely past Halloween and already we’re inundated with...
Nov 11, 2019
Sportsnet has fired Don Cherry: So there was such a thing as going too far

Sportsnet has fired Don Cherry: So there was such a thing as going too far

By Wakalani (Flickr) - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, Coach’s Corner co-host Don Cherry made racist anti-immigrant remarks disguised as patriotism for his final appearance in the HNIC intermission. In what should go on the first line of his Wikipedia entry as his legacy, Don Cherry made his last appearance on Coach’s Corner one that revealed his true nature for the five or so people who hadn’t already discovered it. Cherry, 85, ranted about poppy-less Canadians during his “Coach’s Corner” segment, implying that immigrants who don’t wear poppies are ungrateful. “Downtown Toronto,...
Nov 11, 2019
Maple Leafs waive Michael Hutchinson: Is this the start of the Kasimir Kaskisuo era?

Maple Leafs waive Michael Hutchinson: Is this the start of the Kasimir Kaskisuo era?

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Leafs look poised to swap out their AHL goalies. Michael Hutchinson (TOR) on waivers today.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 11, 2019 If Michael Hutchinson clears waivers tomorrow, he can be assigned to the Marlies, although, if they choose to put Mitch Marner on LTIR, that’s not actually necessary. They are expected, per McKenzie, to call up Kasimir Kaskisuo to play as the backup. They have a game on the road vs the Islanders and then yet another back-to-back on the weekend against Boston and then Pittsburgh on the road. It will certainly be...
Nov 11, 2019
Marlies recap: Timothy Liljegren injured in weekend split against Griffins

Marlies recap: Timothy Liljegren injured in weekend split against Griffins

Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren take in a play drawn up by assistant coach Rob Davison. | Thomas Skrlj - Toronto Marlies Special teams hurt the Marlies in Game 1, but they put it together for a solid effort in Game 2. The Toronto Marlies visited the Grand Rapids Griffins for a weekend pair of games on Friday and Saturday. The Marlies lost the first game pretty handily by a score of 4-1, but came back strong in game two, winning it 5-2, despite losing their best defenseman to an awful injury. Timothy Liljegren left Saturday’s game midway through the first period after colliding...
Nov 11, 2019
The Leafs don’t need a backup: Tandems are the future of goaltending

The Leafs don’t need a backup: Tandems are the future of goaltending

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Or so people keep saying. I test the tandem narrative in part one of a series on goalies, backups, rest and usage. The Leafs need a good backup goalie. Did you say yes to that? You’re not alone, as it might be the only thing Leafs fans agree on, but the conversation in hockey is changing from “you need a good backup”, to “tandems are the future” A team can roll along not caring who the backup is as long as they’re busy rebuilding, but when you move from playoff team to wannabe contender you need to hit some minimum level of value at that...