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33 Big Games Left For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

It’s probably a good thing most Maple Leafs vacated the GTA during their ongoing bye week and all-star break. If they’d stayed, they might not have enjoyed the tone of the public discourse around their season.

The “outside noise,” as the players have come to call it, has the Maple Leafs in a heap of trouble of their own making. And in some ways they are. In a matter of a couple of weeks, after they lost five of six games leading into their eight-day respite from the grind, they went from being relatively firmly ensconced in third place in the Atlantic Division to a much more precarious lot in life — four points back of the third-place Florida Panthers and three points out of the final wild-card slot.

That’s nothing that can’t be easily made up in the remaining 33 games, but it’s a rough stretch, for sure. The playoff odds at MoneyPuck.com have Toronto as a 63% shot to make the playoffs. Which is to say: The season is getting uncomfortably close to coming down to a coin flip.

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Video- Not The Way The Leafs Wanted To Go On Their Bye Week

via Sportsnet,

Sheldon Keefe addresses the media following the Toronto Maple Leafs loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, stating that the team is 'immature' and that they need to be more disciplined and responsible defensively.

 

 

added 11:17pm, Post-game talk below.

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Video- Frederik Andersen On The Bronx Cheers Aimed At Him

 

Below, watch the Bronx cheers.  The Leafs lost 6-2 to the Blackhawks.

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A Crisis In Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is the first mini-crisis of the Sheldon Keefe era with the Maple Leafs.

And maybe ‘mini’ is the wrong word to use here. Maybe this is the first real crisis, three losses in a row, three lousy games in a row after looking like a top-five NHL team.

The worst loss occurred on Sunday night in Sunrise — in the biggest game to date of the regular season, a chance to push the Florida Panthers way back in the standings.

The Leafs didn’t show up. They never announced their presence. They weren’t ready to play. They looked as loose and sloppy and careless as at any time during the final days of Mike Babcock’s regime.

They looked nothing like a team that anyone would take seriously.

Keefe has brought new life and new energy to the hockey club. At first, he seemed almost magician-like. The players were looser, happier, seemingly enjoying his unusual possession-style of game, with twists they haven’t seen in the offensive zone.

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Morgan Rielly Out At Least 8 Weeks

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Late Evening Line- Mitch Marner

“We need to wake up here. Forcing stuff in the middle but no F3, we’ve got guys diving in, we’ve got people leaving our goalies out to dry. It’s been too many games now. It’s unfair to a guy (Frederik Andersen) that’s been with us for the last four years. He’s been our backbone for the whole time.”

-Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs after an 8-4 loss to the Florida Panthers.  Luke Fox has more on the loss.

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Auston Matthews In Contention For The Hart Trophy

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

There isn’t much point in wading too deep into the MVP debate with three months left in the regular season, but Matthews is clearly among a group of serious challengers that includes Nathan MacKinnon, Connor McDavid, David Pastrnak and Jack Eichel, among others.

He now trails Pastrnak by one goal in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy and is on pace for a 56-goal, 98-point season — both of which would put him in rarified air in Leafs history.

What made his performance so special against Winnipeg is that he’s currently playing through a minor undisclosed injury, according to a source, which is why he left Tuesday afternoon’s practice after 10 minutes. So it was at something less than 100 per cent where he skated for a career-high 25:41 while generating eight of his team’s 28 shots on goal, and 13 attempts overall.

You are starting to see Matthews exert his will in all three zones, too, forcing a Jack Roslovic turnover at centre moments before his first goal Wednesday. He has taken his scoring rate from great to ridiculous in Year 4 — hitting the 30-goal mark with that snipe in the first period of his 45th game after doing it in Games 48, 57 and 61 the previous three seasons.

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Videos- Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets

Highlights first, the fantastic OT below.

Jets won in the shootout.

 

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Video- Ilya Mikheyev Out At Least 3 Months After Suffering A Skate Cut

 

Watch the injury below.

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Video- Leafs Win In OT On Devils’ Own Goal

Good backhand.

 

 

added 10:03pm, Below, Severson on the goal.

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