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The Leafs dominated the game outside of the second period where the refs helped Washington get momentum with back to back power plays the Leafs controlled this game


Moral victories are way better than actual wins

Moral victories when you have the talent level of this team will manifest in wins more than not.

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The Leafs dominated the game outside of the second period where the refs helped Washington get momentum with back to back power plays the Leafs controlled this game

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120 minutes and counting since the Leafs last powerplay

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That interference puck happens 50 times a game.   

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That was a weak hold call and they ignore Ovechkin’s infraction and he scores.   It’s amazing how opponents against the Leafs play flawlessly clean hockey

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Hypothetically if Nylander gets a nice run at center do we look at trading Kadri in the offseason?  It might be the one decent argument for keeping Nylander and Matthews apart.

I'd probably still hold onto Kadri for the next two years at least given the general lack of centre depth in our prospect pool and the desire I share with the coach to have basically two centres per line.

I don't disagree.  Just spitballing for discussion. 

Kadri for a top 4 defenseman in a package seems like more fun to talk about than Zaitsev + a 2nd for table scraps.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Today at 05:18:16 PM »
He's no Code (at least, immediately after the 2005 lockout Code).

One of my fondest TMLFans memories was when a bunch of us registered for accounts on his forum/site and started posting there for a day or two.

Confirmed.

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They also won't be forced to play Tomas freaking Plekanec in a key match-up role against the Bergeron line.
If memory serves, Pleks actually did very well in shutting down that line. Better then Kadri.

The fancy stats really didn't bear that out.  Plekanec, Hainsey, Zaitsev and Polak rated out as our worst players.

Plek had the worst expected goals for on the team in the playoffs.  He has the worst relative Corsi on the team.  In usual fashion the notion that "toughness" is needed to win games in the playoffs isn't really what comes out.  It's usually our "tough" players who are the slow ones who result in constant turnovers and changes chasing after the puck.

Also the notion that the Bruins going 9-0-1 in their last 10 is anything other than a hot streak is nonsense.  This has nothing to do with them "being built for the playoffs".  Over their last 10 games: 5 of them have gone to OT or shoot out.  The refs stole a win away from San Jose in one of those games.  It's really amusing how Boston going on a hot streak is proof that they are good but we get to ignore every time they have struggled this year. 

5 of their games have gone to OT. 

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Muzzin with Dermott. He'll have played on every pairing now.

I wonder if that is by design.

Johnsson-Nylander-Brown should be fun.

I'm certainly not opposed to it.  Hypothetically if Nylander gets a nice run at center do we look at trading Kadri in the offseason?  It might be the one decent argument for keeping Nylander and Matthews apart.

I know that's jumping the gun but it would be an interesting alternative to the "try and find someone to swallow the poison pill of Zaitsev" approach.

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It's fair although Tamps has 18 more points and a 40 goal better differential so they can afford to play Kucherov less.    Tampa also doesn't have a 4th line of Brown - Lindholm - Gauthier with 8 goals in 168 combined games.  Hell Matt Martin has 5 goals 12 points.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 02:16:32 PM »
It's not a horrible move if you look at how dominant Tampa is this year and say 'screw it', but then the Leafs should also use the deadline to move out as many peripheral players and give up on the year and that isn't really going to happen.

Though, that is itself a horrible move. Being the best regular season is hardly a guarantee of anything. In the last 32 seasons, the top team from the regular season has won the Cup 8 times. They've also been eliminated in the first round 6 times, and in the second round 9 times. And, while Tampa may be having a better season than most President's Trophy winning teams in recent history, they're still beatable - and, if nothing else, their two head-to-head match ups this season have shown the Leafs certainly have the potential to beat the Bolts.

Imagine if the Leafs throw in the towel and Price ends up shutting the Lightning out in the 1st round and the Habs go on to win the Cup. It'll all be LK's fault.

I'll still be a better GM than they have in Ottawa and Edmonton.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 01:02:15 PM »
Last year the Leafs held on to JVR, Bozak, and Komarov to try and win a playoff series.  To me, advancing in the playoffs is more important this year than last year.  It's entirely possible the Leafs blueline will never be as good as this year moving forward due to cap limitations.  Trading Gardiner now for some assets and replacing him with Rosen does not make the team better. 

It's not a horrible move if you look at how dominant Tampa is this year and say 'screw it', but then the Leafs should also use the deadline to move out as many peripheral players and give up on the year and that isn't really going to happen.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade deadline moves
« on: Yesterday at 12:59:03 PM »
I'd sooner they recall Moore and get Moore-gauthier/Lindholm-Ennis

Toughness is great, but I'd rather have guys that have energy.  DSP has been flat all year and supposedly came into camp out of shape and has slowed as the season has gone on.   Inject some energy into the lineup by bringing Moore up.

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For what it's worth MLB seems to have sorted it out as my MLB.TV subscription includes Blue Jays game.

It's still an issue in the US.  For some reason in Canada the Jays aren't region locked but they have region locking in the US.

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Nylander played 15 minutes again tonight despite being arguably our best forward.   Matthews played 16:30

This in a game where Kadri missed 2/3 of the game.   Babcock really needs to fix his bad lineups

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