What happened in Leafs Nation today? Well, find out below as I put together a handful of notes.
- Maple Leafs’ goaltender, James Reimer, has been named the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Award, which is awarded annually to an NHL player who shows the qualities of perseverance, sportsman ship, and dedication to hockey.
- Tim Leiweke has been named the President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which is effective as of June 30. If you didn’t know, MLSE owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies. They also own the Air Canada Centre, Leafs TV and other properties.
- The Maple Leafs held an odd 1:00 p.m. practice today at the MasterCard Centre. Tyler Bozak, who sat out yesterday’s game, didn’t participate in the on ice activity’s, but did however use the Rapid Shot shooting machine prior to the practice. Head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t have an update on Bozak, but did mention that the entire roster will be available for Saturday’s game vs. Montreal.
Lines at Practice:
Here are some notes from last nights Leafs-Panthers game:
- The Maple Leafs are now 21-9-5 while being outshot by their opponent
- While scoring first, the Leafs are now 19-8-4.
- The Leafs had 45 hits, 27 faceoff wins, 6 takeaways, 20 blocked shots, and 30 penalty minutes. They went 0/1 on the power-play, but went 3/0 on the penalty-kill.
- The Leafs finished their three game road trip going 2-1-0. (Won vs. Ottawa, lost vs. Tampa Bay and Won vs. Panthers.)
- If you were keeping an eye on the scoreboard Thursday night it was quite interesting, as there will be four Canadian teams in the playoffs. Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, while Winnipeg was eliminated from post-season contention. However, with Montreal’s win over Winnipeg, the Leafs will start the playoffs on the road and will face either Montreal, Washington or Boston. The Leafs will finish either 5th or 6th in the Eastern Conference.
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