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It’s probably not something you thought you’d hear less than 25 games into the season, or at all this year: Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Whether this is the right decision or not by Mike Babcock is a point of contention, but with James Reimer currently injured, Jonathan
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A little past the quarter mark of the season, it seems like a good time to take a look at where the Toronto Maple Leafs stand statistically, both at the team and at the player level. All the statistics I am going to look at today are 5v5 statistics from Puckalytics.com. How the Leafs Rank in the League
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(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) It must be difficult to have just six regulation losses in 24 games and be second in your division, but such is life for the Rangers. They have 34 points, the fourth-highest total in the league, and it's still not good enough. And what's crazy is that, just a week ago, they had a five-point cushion over Washington. It has been erased because the Capitals are winners of five straight, and the Rangers have lost three straight. As a consequence, there is the requisite finger-pointing on Broadway that this thing or that is wrong with the team. They aren't as tough any more and guys take liberties — take, for example, Friday's matinee against Boston, in which Derek Stepan had his ribs broken on a hit so late it just happened as I typed this, and Brad Marchand routinely got into Henrik Lundqvist's kitchen to the point that his coach cried about it for two days after the fact — so you gotta recall Tanner f'n Glass from the minors . Maybe you try to slot Jarret Stoll back into a more prominent role because there's a lack of grit at the bottom of the lineup. Maybe Chris Kreider has just sucked . [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] What no one seems to be thinking in New York is, “Maybe this team just isn't that good.” There's all the winning in the last two years, sure, but you know what else there is? A whole lot of what appears at first glance to be luck. On the chart below, you generally want to be in the middle on the Y-axis, and to the right on the X-axis. This indicates that your percentages are right about where you want them to be so as to generally keep them sustainable, and that you're dominating play even on a score-adjusted basis.
IceCaps sink Marlies in penalty ridden affair Despite blowing a four-goal lead in the infamous 9-8 game, the IceCaps have had the Toronto Marlies’ number this season. For the second time this weekend, they handed the home team a beating. In the last of a three-in-three for both teams, it was the officials who appeared the
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to get another chance Monday night to figure out how to win without top goaltender James Reimer. The Maple Leafs are winless in games Reimer has not started and are expected to give Garret Sparks his NHL debut in this home matchup with the Edmonton Oilers. Reimer did not play in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Washington even though coach Mike Babcock indicated that the No. 1 goalie would despite a lower-body injury.
Marlies frozen out by St. John’s on ACC stage Consistency of performance is what every team strives for. A hard enough feat for many, let alone a young team with burgeoning prospects. After a fantastic road performance in Syracuse Friday evening, the Marlies produced a flat, abject showing at the ACC in front of 8,635
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