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Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Big night on power play in loss
Tavares scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Senators.
While the Leafs as a whole were flat in this one, Tavares still had a very productive night. The 30-year-old has come out of the gate flying this season, scoring two goals and five points through the first two games with both tallies and one of the helpers coming with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Stunned by Sens
Andersen made 19 saves in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Senators.
The Danish netminder actually made some big stops in the third period as the Leafs tried to mount a comeback, but this was still an ugly line for Andersen. He'll give way to Jack Campbell for Saturday's rematch in Ottawa after allowing nine goals through his first two starts of the season.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Jack Campbell: In goal Saturday
Campbell will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road matchup with Ottawa, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Frederik Andersen got the starting nod for Friday's match against the Senators, so Campbell will make his season debut in the second half of the back-to-back games. Campbell played well in limited action with the Maple Leafs last season, posting a 3-2-1 record while registering a .915 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in six starts. He'll attempt to pick up his first win of the 2020-21 campaign in a road matchup with an Ottawa team that injected a nice mix of youth and veteran leadership into its lineup during the offseason.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Gets starting nod versus Sens
Andersen will be between the pipes on the road against Ottawa on Friday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Andersen stopped 28 of 32 shots in Wednesday's Opening Night matchup with the Habs. With the veteran backstop in the crease Friday, youngster Jack Campbell will start the second game of the back-to-back versus Ottawa on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Mikko Lehtonen: Promoted from taxi squad
Lehtonen was promoted to the main roster Thursday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
Unfortunately for Lehtonen, this appears to be a paper transaction, as he's not expected to unseat Zach Bogosian for a spot in the lineup Friday versus the Senators. Alexander Barabanov was assigned to the taxi squad in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Alexander Barabanov: Shifts to taxi squad
Barabanov was assigned to the taxi squad Thursday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
Per Mirtle, this is a paper transaction, as it's expected Barabanov will be in the lineup Friday versus the Senators. Mikko Lehtonen was promoted to the main roster in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Comes through in OT win
Andersen stopped 28 shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Canadiens.
Both teams' offenses got the season off to great starts, but Andersen delivered in the extra frame and made a huge blocker save to preserve the tie before Morgan Rielly fired home the winner. The 31-year-old netminder has averaged 34 wins over the last four seasons, and while a shortened schedule and solid backup in Jack Campbell could make it tough for Andersen to match that mark, he still seems headed for another strong campaign.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner: One-assist night
Marner picked up an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 OT victory over the Canadiens.
It came on the power play. Marner's creativity was on full display, but he didn't come away with a basket of points Wednesday. We're not worried -- he's a top-flight fantasy play and a mandatory activation.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Just another three-point game
Tavares scored a goal and added two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over Montreal. The goal came on the power play.
It was just another trio of points for Toronto's captain. Tavares doesn't have the speed of some of the younger Leafs, but his game was sharp and focused Wednesday night. And it was his dish to Morgan Rielly in OT that delivered the deciding goal. Tavares remains a strong fantasy play every game he's on the ice.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly: Delivers win in OT
Rielly notched the game-winner in overtime Wednesday to deliver a 5-4 win over Montreal.
Honestly, the goal was nice but it wasn't the best part of his game. Rielly was flat-out incredible in transition and in stripping guys of the puck in the defensive zone. He made that part of his game look simple. This season could be the next level of his ascension into the NHL's elite.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Jimmy Vesey: Notches first goal as Leaf
Vesey scored a goal in a 5-4 overtime win Wednesday over the Canadiens. It was his first game as a Maple Leaf.
The talented winger acknowledged that he got off to a poor start in Buffalo last season and never recovered. Vesey looked like a new man Wednesday night and appears to have a strong fit within the Toronto system. He may surprise this season in deep leagues that don't overweigh power-play production, as he's not likely to see much action with the man advantage.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' William Nylander: Three points in opener
Nylander delivered two goals and an assist Wednesday in a 5-4 overtime win over Montreal.
He notched a goal at even strength and on the power play, and set up the tying goal in the third. Nylander is often maligned by fans in Toronto, but he was smooth as silk on Opening Night. This could be a great season for the talented winger.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Starting Opening Night
Andersen will be between the pipes at home versus Montreal for Wednesday's Opening Night matchup, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Andersen nearly cracked the 30-win mark for a fourth straight season last year, ending the campaign with a 29-13-7 record with three shutouts, but he posted the worst save percentage (.909) he's had since entering the league with Anaheim in 2013, so he'll be looking to get back to his career average of .917 in 2020-21. The 31-year-old Dane will attempt to pick up his first win of the year in a matchup with a revamped Canadiens forward group that now features Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson on the wings.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Lean, mean hockey machine
Matthews has dropped 14 pounds after focusing on flexibility and agility this offseason, reports The Athletic.
He went from 224 to a lean 210 and didn't lose any strength or endurance. Matthews transformed his diet and training approach, working with the trainer that transformed Patrick Kane a couple years back. They focused on flexibility and core strength using a mix of yoga, Pilates and other body-weight exercises. Matthews' goal was to reduce injury risk and get more "pop" on the ice. Through camp, he has been dominant. Kane delivered a career-best 110 points the season after he worked with the same trainer, so we're excited to see the next version of Matthews.... See More ... See Less
Maple Leafs' Michael Hutchinson: Clears waivers and off to AHL
Hutchinson cleared waivers Monday and will report to the AHL Toronto Marlies, reports Sportsnet.ca.
He's fourth on the Leafs' depth chart, so he's unlikely to see playing time in the NHL anytime soon.... See More ... See Less
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