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Red Wings negate frustrated Kessel

It sure looked like a frustrating night in the Motor City for Phil Kessel and it went deeper than just being held off the scoresheet for a second consecutive night. There was a nasty slash to the wrist that sent him to the dressing room in the third period and a brief visit from team doctors. There was a comical, bumbled slapshot attempt from the point. And there was his role in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mad dash: Babcock, Carlyle discuss personnel prior to Red Wings-Maple Leafs, round 2

Amongst this evening's pre-game coaches' presser comments ahead of tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings (7 PM on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the requisite Center Ice blackout/97.1 FM): Franzen is still a game-time decision tonight. Should he not be able to go, Stephen Weiss will make his season debut for the #RedWings. —...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game Preview: MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-0) at RED WINGS (2-1-1)

Howard out with sore groin; Wings recall Mrazek from GR General manager Ken Holland said Saturday that Franzen would be a game-time decision, according to MLive.com. MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-0) at RED WINGS (2-1-1) Time: 7:00 PM/ET TV: NHLN-US, CBC; FS-D Here are the projected lineups: MAPLE LEAFS James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul – Nazem Kadri – Daniel...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs, round 2: No morning skate for Wings; stats and videos

The Detroit Red Wings hope to sweep their home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM). The Wings defeated the Leafs 4-1 on Friday; our friends from the Centre of the Hockey Universe definitely won't have Brandon Kozun's services (ankle sprain) and possibly Daniel Winnik&...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yet Another Maple Leafs Fan Throws Jersey On Ice In Loss To Red Wings (GIF)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are only 2-3-0 and only two weeks into the season, but some fans are already fed up with the team. The Maple Leafs were blown out 4-1 Friday night by the Detroit Red Wings.  The loss dropped the Leafs to fifth place in the Atlantic Division — on Oct. 18 — and that was enough to push one Leafs fan to the brink. Yet again, a Leafs fan littered the Air Canada...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Injury Update: Brandon Kozun leaves game with apparent ankle injury

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Brandon Kozun left Friday night's game in the second period and did not return, as confirmed by the team's official Twitter account. The injury occurred when Kozun was hit into the boards by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey and his leg went awkwardly behind him, between his body and the boards. He was helped off the ice and put...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings top Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-1

Henrik Zetterberg dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs, making them pay nearly every time he touched the puck. Zetterberg racked up four assists Friday at Air Canada Centre to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory. "He was fantastic," Gustav Nyquist said. "Some of those passes he makes, it surprises you sometimes what he can do. It's a lot of fun." It...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up and Wings-Leafs set-up: Zetterberg dominant, Leafs media still Babsing

The Red Wings flew back to Metro Detroit having rebounded from Wednesday's loss to Boston in fine fashion, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in what may have been the Wings' most complete performance of their 4-game-old 2014-15 campaign. The #RedWings board the bird two points heavier #ATTExtCov pic.twitter.com/VRpvyTHSOF — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Fan throws Maple Leafs jersey on Air Canada Centre ice

In the midst of the Maple Leafs falling below .500 with a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings what was thought to be a disgruntled Toronto fan proceeded to throw a Leafs jersey on the ice during the third period. Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press later tweeted that Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf  wasn’t pleased with […]
Via The Majors National
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tie Your Sweaters Down

  There is a new trend going on in Canadian NHL rinks that needs to stop. A fan in Toronto decided to yet again throw their sweater on the ice tonight after his beloved Maple Leafs hadn’t played up to his standards. Much like a fan did in Edmonton last year and another fan that tossed his hoodie (bunnyhug where I come from) on the ice last week in their home opener. Now a sweater...
Via Puckrant.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Leafs inquired about Mike Babcock

It looks as though Mike Babcock could be a hot commodity on the free agent market this NHL offseason. The Detroit Red Wings head coach reportedly turned down an extension from the team, and he might already have received another offer. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported Friday that the Toronto Maple Leafs inquired about Babcock’s status during a call with the Red Wings earlier...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

GAME FOUR-A NEW HOPE

Tonight we face the storied Maple Leafs. Shanny is now a big shot with the team and things are supposed to be turning around in Toronto. I remember when Shanhan came to The Wings. That signing most defiantly helped bring The Cup back home, where it belonged. That was long ago. Right now they have Carlyle and as far as I know, we still retain the services of one Mike Babcock. The...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Boll or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Goon

The discussion seems to come up every year. When is fighting going to go the way of the dinosaurs and become extinct? Most recently it has come up in a couple of prominent hockey circles. The first being on NBCSN and Mike Milbury, (he of the famous shoe beating incident) Milbury has stated his new found disdain for fighting and has stated it loudly. He has gotten into a verbal tussle...
Via BS Hockey
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game-day post: Red Wings battle Maple Leafs; Reimer vs. Howard, Abdelkader in, Datsyuk ‘stayed home’

The Maple Leafs' morning skate preceded the Red Wings' practice ahead of tonight's back-to-back-starting game between Detroit and Toronto (7:30 PM on FSD/Sportsnet Ontario/97.1 FM), and in the "no surprise department," per TSN 1050's Jonas Siegel: Joffrey Lupul is on the ice for Leafs morning skate. Missed practice yesterday. ... Lupul confirms...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Gardiner has been freed, will play tonight versus Detroit

Defenseman Jake Gardiner will be back in the Maple Leafs’ lineup tonight, according to approximately three million tweets from Toronto reporters. Gardiner has been a healthy scratch the past two games, both Toronto wins. When asked the other day what the 24-year-old defenseman — the same guy who signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension in the summer — could do...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dreger: Leafs weren't "aggressive" on Reimer trade front

“Not aggressively Dave, to be honest. Their interest was in signing him, but the agent through James Reimer, of course, and his input wanted him to at least explore the opportunity of trade. And they did that. “I don’t know exactly what the asking price was for Reimer, but I know that it never was close to being met. And there wasn’t a ton of interest, which really isn...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Evening Line - Nazem Kadri

“It sucks, I don’t like it all. But I’m not going to let it ruin my confidence or my self-esteem as a player because at the end of the day I know what I can do and I believe in myself. “I don’t want to say it works because then they’ll just keep giving me tough love,” he continued. “[But] I think I respond well to it. It doesn’t really bother me. I’m...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Maple Leafs Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs' Winter Classic victory was the lone one in four matchups with Detroit last season, and two defeats to the Red Wings were part of a late-season collapse that ultimately kept them out of the playoffs. The Maple Leafs carry a two-game win streak into the first meeting with their Atlantic Division rivals this season while Detroit attempts to avoid a third...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bring Joe Bowen back to TV broadcasts!

Due to the NHL broadcasting makeover by Rogers, announcer Joe Bowen has only been calling games on the radio this season thus far. In the past, Bowen has been the go-to-guy for Toronto Maple Leafs television broadcasts. His name was not even included in the 42-person Sportsnet broadcaster list. There are actually multiple online petitions started by fans to bring the long-time...
Via Talk Hockey
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs ink deal with SAS analytics, eager to show off advanced stats data

Right now, the graphic looks like Smarties spilling from the box, with red, yellow, blue and green dots tagged Kessel, Phaneuf, Bozak and van Riemsdyk. But the wall-sized animation that the Maple Leafs provided a peek of on Wednesday at the offices of SAS analytics in Toronto is just one of the tools the club hopes will assist in turning its fortunes into silver and gold. Determined...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Phil Kessel the best player on a Canadian NHL team?

Phil Kessel might have done something more than score the winning goal for the Leafs in the club’s overtime win against Colorado Tuesday night. He might have just helped make his case for being the best player on a Canadian-based NHL team. Kessel, ever since he came to Toronto five years ago an in much debated trade with Boston, has arguably not been portrayed as an “elite”...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the Best NHL Player On A Canadian Team An American?

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star, Phil Kessel might have done something more than score the winning goal for the Leafs in the club’s overtime win against Colorado Tuesday night. He might have just helped make his case for being the best player on a Canadian-based NHL team. Kessel, ever since he came to Toronto five years ago an in much debated trade with Boston...
Via Kukla's Korner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel Can’t Shake Unrealistic Expectations In Toronto

After scoring the overtime winner Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, Phil Kessel is second in Leafs’ scoring with 2 goals and 3 assists. He is also a minus 3 with 4 penalty minutes. Some might say that the value Kessel has added to the team has been washed out by his plus minus and yes, some folks still think that plus minus is a relevant stat for a player who is expected...
Via Beyond The Benches
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Leafs interested in Eric Staal?

The Eric Staal trade rumors/speculation involving the Toronto Maple Leafs have been around for years, and they don’t seem to be going away. The Carolina Hurricanes are 0-2-1 to start the 2014-15 NHL season following a shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. It’s very possible that Carolina finishes at or near the bottom of the standings this season, which would...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche fall to the Maple Leafs in overtime

The Colorado Avalanche blew a third period lead before losing 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Phil Kessel scored just 34 seconds into overtime to give the Maple Leafs (2-2) a comeback victory over the Avalanche (1-2-1). Former DU Pioneer Tyler Bozak picked up his second assist of the night on Kessel’s 14th career game winner. Toronto...
Via Mile High Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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