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All times Eastern.  Deadline is Saturday 7pm.

Good luck all!

Sat. Oct. 27

Montral @ Boston            -  7pm
Winnipeg @ Toronto          -  7pm
Buffalo @ Columbus          -  7pm
Colorado @ Minnesota       -  8pm
Chicago @ St. Louis           -  8pm
Pittsburgh @ Vancouver    - 10pm

All times Eastern.  Deadline is 7pm Saturday.

Good luck!  :)

Saturday Oct. 13

Toronto @ Washington          7pm
Pittsburgh @ Montral           7pm
Columbus to. Tampa Bay       7pm
Anaheim @ Dallas                  8pm
St. Louis @ Chicago               8:30pm
Calgary @ Colorado               10pm

18 Events / 2018-2019 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:48:21 AM »
Leaderboard tallies for Round 1:

hockeyfan1              11
Hobbes                    10
WAYNEINIONA          7

Non-Hockey Chatter / Thanksgiving 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 05:09:35 AM »
To all at TMLfans...

Have a great long weekend!

Okay, everyone, the TMLfans Pick'em Challenge returns for a new season!  :)

As in keeping with tradition, we begin on a Saturday, but for just this round, I have included both Saturday & Sunday games (since the Maple Leafs are playing on both days).

N.B.  For those unfamiliar with the general rules on how to play, please see below (or click here):

This game is pretty basic and easy to understand, you get a list of 6 games that are happening on the weekend (Sat-Sun, Fri games are thrown in sometimes too). You then select which teams you think will win and assign a point value to each team, 6 points to the team you are most confident will win, 5 points to the next team you are more confident and so on, you can only use each point value once (6,5,4,3,2,1).

Here is an example:

Leafs 6       -     Sept 24th - Leafs @ Sabres              19:00 EST
Sens 1        -     Sept 24th - Sens @ Habs                19:00 EST
Panthers 4  -     Sept 24th - Lightning @ Panthers     19:30 EST
Oilers 5      -     Sept 24th - Flames @ Oilers             20:00 EST
Jets 3        -     Sept 24th - Jets @ Predators            20:30 EST
Ducks 2     -     Sept 24th - Ducks @ Canucks          22:00 EST

Picks are due before the earliest game starts, so in this example you have to pick before the Leafs/Sabres and Sens/Habs game. No changing of picks once the earliest game has started. Any poster submitting their picks after the earliest game starts, won't have their picks tallied for that week and any poster modifying their submission after the earliest game starts, will have all their picks for that week not count.

So, are you ready for the Challenge?!   Here we go:

All times Eastern.  Deadline is 7pm Saturday.  Good luck, all!
  :) :)

Saturday October 6

Ottawa @ Toronto             7pm
Winnipeg @ Dallas            7pm
Philadelphia @ Colorado    9pm
Vancouver @ Calgary        10pm

Sunday October 7

Toronto @ Chicago
Detroit @ Los Angeles

21 Events / 2018-2019 TMLfans Pick'em Challenge
« on: October 02, 2018, 06:45:51 AM »

COMING SOON....                                GET READY...

                   ...Saturday October 13, 2018....

New coach, new star players, a young squad, some veterans.  Results?  That remains to be seen.

In his zeal to continue building a strong contender (make that playoff contender), Raptor President Masai Ujiri's tenure practically rides on the success of the DeRozan for Leonard/Green trade.
Ujiiri has said he has every confidence that the acquisition of Leonard & Green will give the team that edge so often missing in their quest in the post-season.

Of course, we all know what "The Claw" and Green can do.  The Claw??!  Ah, that is Kawhi Leonard's nickname on account of his large hands and grip of the basketball.  Add to that he being among one of the best defensive forwards in the game, a veteran superstar who knows his game and can add a dimension or two to a team's lineup.

Danny Green is another important piece of the trade acquisition here as he gives the Raptors plenty of presence up front.  Leonard and Green are enthusiastic in what they've seen so far in practicing with the team during this period of training camp, and the Raptors will be showcasing themselves in their first pre-season game versus the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow.

The Raptors regular season game begins October 17 versus the Cleveland Cavs.

Until then, let's get familiar once again with the 2018-2019 pre-season roster:

Toronto Raptors Schedule:

All Sports But Hockey / 2018-2019 NFL Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:10:21 AM »
What's the lowdown on the NFL this year?  Whowill win the Super Bowl?  Are the San Francisco 49ers the most improved team?  And what of Tom Brady & his New England Patriots?

All of that and more plus the latest news on what teams to watch this year, etc., etc.:

The season opener kicks off Thursday September 6th with the Atlanta Falcons against the Philadelphia Eagles (defending Super Bowl champions).

New season, new things:

General NHL News & Views / 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:13:57 AM »
Well, I know that it's a tad early to be starting this thread, but I thought I'd start it off with the 2019 Stanley Cup team odds as presented by Bodog & Bovada, courtesy of BarDown:

Choose your poisons:  :)

TOR/TBL +750
WPG +950
PIT/BOS +1200
SJ +1600
EDM/STL +2000
CHI/LAK +2500
CGY +3300
MIN +3500
NJD/COL +4000
FLA +5000
MTL +7500
NYR +8500
VAN +12500
DET +20000
OddsShark (@OddsShark) August 17, 2018


Tampa Bay +900
Toronto +1000
Winnipeg +1000
Boston +1100
Vegas +1100
Nashville +1100
Washington +1200

For your interpretation, click here:

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Rest In Peace Kurt Walker
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:50:54 AM »
Former Toronto Maple Leaf enforcer (1976-1979)  passed away yesterday.  Walker ran a charity entitled Dignity after Hockey, helping troubled former (retired) NHLers adjust to life long after their careers were over.

Many Leafs fans of the era (I, includes) best remember Kurt Walker as the quintessential enforcer who never backed down when fighting some of the game's toughest and vicious fighters.  Among them, the Broad Street Bully Philly Flyers and resident bad boy Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and Boston's Stan Jonathan, to name a few.

Walker always desired to be more than just one who fights, but his hockey skills, thoigh not completly lacking, never came to fruition.

Walker knew what his role demanded on the ice, and considering the era it was, parlayed it very well in protecting his teammates.

According to TSN1050, actually make that James Mirtle who reported that  the Leafs will make a move as per their (backup) goaltending stuation is concerned.

Rumours speculate that either one of Sparks, Pickard,  or McElhinney will be moved.

Non-Hockey Chatter / "Happy Canada Day!" 2018
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:29:52 AM »
Happy Birthday, Canada, our lovely nation!

..and to all at TMLfans, a happy Canada Day weekend!

Before the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup of soccer, FIFA, the sport's governing body, announced the winning bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The "United 2026" bid, which won out over Morocco, consists of three host nations -- Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  Never before have three countries together hosted a World Cup event.

The 2026 World Cup will be comprised of 48 qualifying countries -- 7 more countries will be added as qualifiers -- up from the traditional 41 nations and more than any other World Cup in history.

The United States will host the bulwark of the games, 60 games out if the total of 80 (which includes the Quarterfinals and onward).
Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games (for a total of 20).

For the ten games to be played in Canada, three Canadian cities will share the duties -- Edmonton, Montral and Toronto.  Only Toronto and Montral will need upgrades (Olympic Stadium is due for upgrades that will cost in the millions, and Toronto's BMO Field, the home of the Toronto FC of the MLS will need some seating expansion).  Edmonton's Commomwealth Stadium is all but ready.

Three cities in Mexico will also host the 10 games.

An exciting time indeed for the many soccer fans in Canada in particular, since our country has never hosted or co-hosted a Men's World Cup event with the exception of the Women's World Cup which was held in 2015.

It is unclear if Canada, as one of the host nations, will have automatic entry.

General NHL News & Views / 2018 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship
« on: April 28, 2018, 06:26:54 PM »
This year's Men's Worlds will be played in Denmark -- in the cities of Copenhagen & Herning -- from May 4th to May 20th, 2018.

Here are the Canadian roster selections: (more to come)


Connor McDavid                (Edmonton)
Ryan Nugent Hopkins        (Edmonton)
Book Horvat                      (Vancouve)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau          (Ottawa)
Jordan Eberle                    (NY Islanders)
Anthony Beauvilliers          (NY Islanders)
Matthew Barzal                 (NY Islanders)
Ryan O'Reilly                     (Buffalo)
Jaden Schwartz                 (St. Louis)
Brayden Schenn                (St. Louis)


Aaron Ekblad                     (Florida)
Colton Parayko                  (St.Louis)
Joel Edmundson.               (St. Louis)
Vince Dunn                       (St. Louis)
Ryan Pulock                      (NY Islanders)
Thomas Chabot                 (Ottawa)


Darcy Kuemper                  (Arizona)


Bill Peters                          (Carolina)


Mike Yeo                            (St. Louis)
Bob Boughner                     (Florida)


Sean Burke
Martin Brodeur

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