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Alright everyone, here are the games for this round.  Nice and early in the week so you assess  your choices more selectively.
All times Eastern, Deadline is 7PM Saturday.

Good luck all! 🙂

Saturday March 14

Toronto at  Boston           7PM
Nashville at Columbus      7PM
Pittsburgh at Carolina       7PM
New Jersey at Florida        7PM
San Jose at Dallas            9PM
Winnipeg at Calgary         10PM

Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2020 Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: February 19, 2020, 12:40:48 AM »
Ladie and Gentlemen, Everyone...your 2020 Toronto Blue Jays.  Spring Training edition.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Valentine 2020
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:12:21 AM »

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Family Day to all of you!

Here are the games for this round.  Deadline is 7PM Saturday.  All times Eastern.

Good luck to everyone!   :)

Sat. February 8

Toronto @ Montreal                 7PM
Philadelphia @ Washington      7PM
NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay      7PM
Pittsburgh @ Florida               7PM
Nashville @ Edmonton            7PM
Calgary @ Vancouver             10PM

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Rasmus Sandin
« on: January 14, 2020, 09:08:58 AM »
Eager and ready for the Blue & White.

A very likeable fellow both on and off the ice by his teammates, plus a guy who thinks the world of the Leafs organization.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy 2020!
« on: January 01, 2020, 12:05:58 AM »
To everyone at TMLfans...

...wishing you all a safe & healthy 2020!

General NHL News & Views / Spengler Cup 2019
« on: December 27, 2019, 03:17:58 PM »
The 93rd edition of the Spengler Cup is underway as Team Canada defeated  HC Ocelari Trinec yesterday in their Preliminary Round game by a score of 4-1 led by Kevin Clark’s three goals.



Here are the games for this round.  Cutoff time is Saturday 7pm Eastern.

Good luck to everyone.

Saturday Dec. 28

NY Rangers @ Toronto         7PM
Montrčal @ Tampa Bay        7PM
Nashville @ Pittsburgh         7PM
Washington @ Carolina        7PM.
Colorado @ Dallas               7PM
Los Angeles @ Vancouver    10PM

Non-Hockey Chatter / Christmas 2019
« on: December 25, 2019, 07:39:55 AM »
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all at TMLfans!

CHL & NCAA Hockey / 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships
« on: December 22, 2019, 05:54:50 PM »
The 2020 WJHCs will be held in the Czech Republic, shared between two cities — Ostrava & Trinec.

Ten countries being represented — Canada, USA, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Czech Republic (host), Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Kazakhstan.

The Championships will commence on Boxing Day (December 26th) and end on January 6th, 2020.

First game up for Team Canada is against Maple Leaf prospect Nick Robertson & Team USA.

Games & schedule:

11 are the games for tonight.  Sorry everyone for being so late in posting.  This has been some week for me.  Anyway, here we go.  Deadline is 7pm Saturday.

Good luck all!

Sat. December 14

Los Angeles @ Pittsburgh               7 PM
Toronto @ Edmonton                     7 PM
Washington @ Tampa Bay              7 PM
Boston @ Florida                           7 PM
Chicago @ St. Louis                       8 PM
Vancouver @ San Jose                   10PM


                                              Projected Lines

        Toronto                                          Colorado

Johnsson - Matthews - Nylander
                   Burakovsky-MacKinnon- Donskoi
Mikheyev - Tavares - Hyman                         Nichushkin - Kadri - Compher
Kerfoot - Spezza - Kapanen                           Nieto- Bellemare - TBD
Engvall - Shore - Gauthier                             O’Connor - Kamenev - Tynan

Rielly- Ceci                                                   Girard - Johnson       
Muzzin - Holl                                                Graves - Makar                                       
Dermott - Barrie                                           Zadorov- Cole


Frederik Andersen                                         Philip Grubauer
Kasimir Kaskisuo                                           Pavel Francouz




Marner RW - ankle                                       Rantanen RW -leg
Trevor Moore LW -shoulder
                                                                  Landeskog C - lower body   
                                                                  Colin Wilson C - lower body     
                                                                  Tyson Jost C - upper body
                                                                  Matt Calvert RW - head

                                            News & Notes

                                               Maple Leafs

- Frederik Anderson to start in goal for the Leafs tonight.  In 18 games started, Andersen has a .915 SV% and a 2.66 GAA plus a 10-5-0 w/l record.
- After losing six straight games and having fired coach Mike Babcock, the Leafs finally broke out of their slump with a 3-1 win Thursday night in Arizona against the Coyotes
- It was a game of “firsts” — new coach Sheldon Keefe’s first win in his debut behind the bench; much-beleagured defenceman Tyson Barrie scoring his first goal in a Leaf Jersey (a huge sigh of relief for the Leafs defenceman who seemed not to thrive under Babcock but played to his strengths and skill set under Keefe.  It was also a big load off his shoulders coming into tonight’s game against his former team the Colorado Avalanche, where he spent his entire career before being traded to the Leafs); Pierre Engvall scored his first goal in his NHL debut with the blue & white being called up from the Marlies.  The gangly left winger certainly impressed.

- Auston Matthews leads all Leafs forwards with 15 goals & 28 points

- Morgan Rielly leads all Leafs defencement with 3 goals & 14 assists (17points)
- The Leafs top five are — C Matthews, RW Nylander, RW Marner, D Rielly, C Tavares
LW Mikheyev is tied with Nylander in assists (14)

- Coach Sheldon Keefe announced that C Nick Shore would replace Nic Petan on the team’s fourth line.  Shore is a protege of Keefe’s Marlies and deserves a chance to play.  He’s also a native of Denver and will be playing before a ‘home’ crowd.  Keefe coached the 2018 Toronto Marlies to a Calder Cup win and had been instilled as coach since 2015.  He is familiar with many of the players now on the Leafs roster.  Sounds all good.

                                         Colorado Avalanche

- Philip Grubauer will start in goal for the Avalanche tonight.  In 13 games started, Grubauer has a .916 SV% and a 2.76 GAA plus a 7-4-0 w/l record.
- Colorado has just finished up a five-game road swing going 3 and 2 during that span.  The Avalanche have accomplished some pretty amazing things this season without at least four, (now five if you count Matt Calvert’s puck-in-the-head injury), regulars out of their lineup — Miko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, Colin Wilson, and Tyson Jost.  Colorado has managed to find depth players as temporary replacements until the injured return, which may not be too far off, as Rantanen & Josi were seen participating in the team’s morning skate.

- The Avs moto this season is “Next Man Up”, a motivating slogan that has served the team quite well considering all that they’ve gone through.
- What is even more amazing is that at one given time, the Avalanche had seven regulars out of the lineup — including starting goaltender Grubauer and his backup Francouz.  On their five-game road swing, they used four goaltenders in the rotation —callups Antoine Bibeau & Adam Werner, then Francouz (he was temporarily injured but ready for the next assignment),  and of course Grubauer who returned for the last road game a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

- Nathan MacKinnon leads the team in goals (13) and points (32)
- Defenceman Cale Makar has been on a tear this month.  The brilliant offensive defenceman leads all NHL rookies with 25 points in 22 games.  The more he plays, the better and better he gets.  The pride of Alberta is a definite shoo-in at this point for rookie of the year honours.  That of course has yet to be determined, but with the way Makar is playing, he and McKinnon are leading the team at this stage in the season.
- Tonight’s game will not only feature ex-Avalanche now Maple Leaf Tyson Barrie facing his former team, but also the Avs C Nazem Kadri and ex Maple Leaf,  Kadri came to Colorado via the Barrie trade and has settled in his role as the team’s second-line centre.  Kadri has 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points.


-The Leafs are fourth in the Atlantic division while the Avalanche are second in their Central division.
- Colorado sports the third best GA at 5v5 in the league.  They make it difficult for teams to score at even strength.
- The Leafs/Avs tilt should make for an exciting speedy game as both teams will play to the max in the offensive department while minding the defence.  It’ll be interesting to see how the Leafs contain Colorado’s speedy forwards in Burakovsky, MacKinnon, and Makar.  It’ll be equally interesting to see how the Avalanche contain the Leafs duo of Matthews & Nylander, not to mention a plethora of the rest of the Leafs forward lines.  Oh yeah, Kadri vs Barrie & Kerfoot....

Non-Hockey Chatter / Remembrance Day 2019
« on: November 11, 2019, 07:28:54 AM »

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of what became known as “The Italian Campaign”.  For us Italio-Canadians it is a day of reflection and for the Italian community in Toronto & across the country, it is also a day of extreme gratitude.

As WWII came to an end, church bells tolled signaling the event.  A country liberated from the chains of brutality, owing much to another country, still foreign, but strong and determined.  That country was our dear and beloved Canada... this day, the sacrifices of those who not only brought freedom and democracy to (Western) Europe, but defended our own as well.   Never to be forgotten.  Always remembered.

Thank you.  Grazie. 

And to all of the brave Canadian Men and Women who continue to serve, may your inner strength shine and your fortitude in duty be ever resilient.

Canada thanks you.

As one born in Toronto of Italian descent, I heard and have been told countless stories of war by both my parents as well as relatives. Some harrowing, some inspiring, and some just downright strange.  Yes, even the enemy did show a trace of humanity.  Like the time when my maternal grandmother (who died the year before I was born) faced two German soldiers.  A pregnant woman whose children were hiding under the table in fear, who bravely walked outside her door, pleading and begging the two Germans to please let the captured people go.  The soldiers who spoke in halting Italian, were utterly puzzled at seeing this woman come toward them, speaking “Nein, signora, nein!”  Neither of the two attempted to shoot, thank God for that.  Of course, the church bells soon tolled and the war was over!  Grown men and women cried tears of sheer relief.

On and on the tales go.....

Not just in Sicily, (I am not Sicilian), but all over Italy.  The fascist Mussolini also defeated and done away with by his own people (you know what that means). 
Yes, Mussolini started Cinecittŕ, the Italian movie industry, but perhaps that’s all the credit this clown gets.  Many older Italians had to endure life under fascist rule.  Not easy to do, but what other choice was there?

The Italians have honoured the Canadian sacrifice in Ortona (Sicily) and Italy acknowledges Canada’s role in the war...

...just like we all know Canada’s participation in both WWs was a coming of age that showcased Canada’s prime importance in a worldwide event, as tragic as war was, triumph reigned with dramatic results, still felt to this day.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Aroooooooo! Halloween 2019
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:20:48 AM »

Non-Hockey Chatter / Thanksgiving Day 2019
« on: October 13, 2019, 11:31:43 PM »
To all at TMLfans....

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