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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:22:43 PM »
Well Babcock hinted earlier that Matthews will probably play tonight.  We'll see.  It's a big game tonight, especially for Montreal.  Their season has really gone sideways, it could be a real mess there soon.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:44:24 PM »
Hey guys what time today do you think we will hear whether or not Auston Matthews will be in the lineup tonight against Montreal?  I really think he's going to come back and light it up, score a hat trick or something.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:55:08 PM »
I'm wondering if when Matthews comes back if Babcock can put him on a line with Marner and Marleau.  I'm genuinely curious to see what would happen.  Marleau and Marner have played extremely well together.  Plus it would let Nylander face some easier opposition and get out of his funk, hopefully.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:50:40 AM »
Hopefully Leafs are being extra cautious with Matthews.  They've won 3 straight without him so all is well and now they have a break until Thursday.  Let's get these sport science guys to earn their money and have Auston back at 100%
Yeah I have to say I'm completely shocked.  Matthews was pretty much carrying the team throughout the start of the season.  Some guys really stepped up with Matthews out.

The Leafs are showing they are a very good team.

I'm curious to see what they are going to do with Soshnikov.  He's got to be better than some of the defensemen we have been using.  Hopefully the Leafs find a way to keep him.  I have a feeling that he's in the AHL right now due to asset management.  We may see a minor trade or two this week.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:31:51 PM »
The end of the game last night was pure gold.  It's the hockey equivalent of a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.  I really enjoyed it.  The best part was that Marner was so critical to the OT comeback win.  He'll figure it out, he is going to be an elite player in the NHL for a long time.  He has the right coaches and the right people around him to help him improve his defensive play.  Look at Kadri, he had way bigger goat horns a few years ago, and look at him now.  I know he was kept off the score sheet but he was wreaking havoc all night creating great chances, he almost scored multiple times.  Kadri is on pace for at least 35 goals this season.  He's kind of flying under the radar but he has been one of the Leafs' best players so far this season.

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My prediction is that Manny Legace is going to leave his legacy, and not in a good way.  The Leafs should be all over him, hopefully.  This one is going to be a fun game to watch.

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Matthews seems to be built like a tank.

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Big game tonight.  Maybe no Auston Matthews.  The Leafs really need to pull out a win tonight.

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People are freaking out but I think it's fine. The team wasn't as good as that 7-2 start, but they're also not as bad as this recent 1-5 stretch either.  I think they turn it around this week.

Nobody is freaking out.  Speaking for myself, I'm frustrated that the same problems exist, that have existed for years.  Last year, they were masked by Andersen.  Now, they're obvious again because Andersen isn't playing nearly as good.
I'm starting to freak out actually.  :o

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Something's gotta give here.  I am now genuinely concerned about this team.  They started off great but the league adjusted to them and they have failed to come up with a new game plan.  Sadly, what may happen is that management will trade away some players to try and shake things up.  Maybe JVR for some defense, or even Mitch Marner as some have speculated.  I hope the Leafs can turn things around quickly because I like the team as it is.  They are too good of a team to keep losing like this.

I like their forwards, in general.  The defense is full of holes from top to bottom, and Freddie is a good, but not great, netminder so he is not going to Price them out of their defensive shortcomings.

As a couple of people said post-game, it's time for us to recalibrate our expectations.  That talk about them being SC favorites was pure giddiness.  The team is being exposed, and unless and until they considerably upgrade the defensemen they can't be counted as contenders.  That will not happen this year, and it may take several, if it happens at all.  Some of the defensive problems of the forwards will be solved by subtraction.
Any chance we'll see Liljegren called up before the end of the season?  He's playing extremely well for the Marlies right now.

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Something's gotta give here.  I am now genuinely concerned about this team.  They started off great but the league adjusted to them and they have failed to come up with a new game plan.  Sadly, what may happen is that management will trade away some players to try and shake things up.  Maybe JVR for some defense, or even Mitch Marner as some have speculated.  I hope the Leafs can turn things around quickly because I like the team as it is.  They are too good of a team to keep losing like this.

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I hate to say this because I love Babcock, but the Leafs are being out-coached right now, plain and simple.  They started off the season on fire, and the league adjusted to them.  Babcock has failed to come up with a new game plan.  To make matters worse, he altered the lineup when they were playing well, and he's playing guys who shouldn't be playing, and he's benching guys who shouldn't be benched.  I wouldn't panic and make trades just yet.  Babcock needs to figure this mess out and do it quickly.

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The Leafs have a really tough schedule the next few games.  Chances are they will come out at around .500.  Not good at all considering their hot start.  I really think Babcock is going to be able to fix this though.  The opposing teams have figured out how to neutralize the Leafs' offense, and the Leafs aren't much of a team with their offense neutralized.  Babcock just needs to figure this out, and I think he will.  Andersen hasn't been bad, either.  The defense and team play in front of him hasn't been good enough.  Sure he could be better but he is the last guy they should be blaming or worrying about.

I notice that the opposing teams are lining up five guys on their defensive blue line and then the Leafs are unable to penetrate the zone.  The Leafs need a new strategy, it might be dump and chase or something else.  It's hard to carry the puck over the line with five guys standing there waiting for you.

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What I don't quite understand is the Mitch Marner demotion.  Ever since Babcock did that, the Leafs haven't been the same.  Then last night he shuffled the lineup again.  There's that old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".


But it was broke. The team was scoring in bunches and their defensive issues were being covered up. The scoring slowed down and the defense remained terrible over the last few games.
Is Marner a 4th line player? No. He knows that and Babcock knows that. When players stink, the first step is to try and correct their habits. When that doesn't happen, what choice does a coach really have other than to send a message by demotion?
Well Im just glad that Babcock has gone back to what was working. Hopefully Marner got the message. I hope they showed him the video clip Don Cherry showed also. Marner is fast, young, and fit. There is absolutely no excuse for not backchecking.

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And...Babcock is reverting to the opening night lineup for tonight's game.  I must know something.  8)

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