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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: November 9, 2013

The Leafs are back at it again, as they hopped on a plane and arrived in Boston either last night or early today to get ready to take on the Bruins. A back-to-back isn’t the best conditions for a team hoping to exorcise some playoff demons, especially a team that struggled mightily for most of the game last night against the Devils. James Reimer will be back in the crease, and he’ll need to be at his best to withstand a strong Bruins team. Stay with us throughout the day for our preview, game thread and recap. Here are your Saturday afternoon links:

Leafs will face Game 7 demons in Boston

LeBrun writes that the Leafs will need to tighten up defensively to win in the playoffs, and I agree, but I thought this statement was interesting: “There’s no free-wheeling in the playoffs.” In reality, it was the Leafs’ speed and quick puck movement that allowed them to come back in that series against the Bruins. From Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Randy Carlyle wants more from his Maple Leafs

Carlyle on his early retirement days after his playing career was over: “I would get in my car at 6:30 in the morning and just drive around town. I would have breakfast at Starbucks and I didn’t have any sense of value. I’d ask myself, ‘What am I going to do today?’ and I didn’t have an answer. It was a real empty feeling.” From Mike Brophy of CBC Sports.

Siegel: From Hollywood obscurity to spotlight for Bernier

If he lets in any more howlers like that goal last night, he’ll definitely learn the fans can be a little less than “supporting”. In fairness though, Bernier’s been great. From Jonas Siegel of TSN.

Leafs’ play likely harming Phaneuf’s numbers

I wonder if pairing Phaneuf with Jake Gardiner would help him. Nothing against Carl Gunnarsson, but Gardiner would likely make Phaneuf’s game much easier. From Tyler Dellow of Sportsnet.

The great offside: How Canadian hockey is becoming a game strictly for the rich

It’s crazy how expensive it is to have your son or daughter play organized hockey. Fortunately, the Hyundai Hockey Helpers and Canadian Tire Jumpstart programs are examples of ways the less-fortunate can find financial relief to have their children play. From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.

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