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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: November 11, 2013

Happy Remembrance Day. I hope you were able to spend some time today reflecting on the sacrifices our men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have made over the years, or visited a cenotaph for a ceremony and thanked a veteran in person.

The Toronto Maple Leafs shuffled their forward lines in practice this morning, putting Mason Raymond on the top line with James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin on the second line with Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul. I like the idea of giving Kulemin an expanded role, but I’m not sure Raymond will add much to that first line in terms of defensive play, which is what that line seems to be lacking. Anyway, the Leafs don’t play until Wednesday, so they’ll have some time to experiment. Here are some more bits and bites from around Leafland and the NHL:

The Bruins’ 1-2-2 Forecheck

A breakdown of the Bruins’ forecheck that gave the Leafs fits on Saturday. From J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets.

Don Cherry says Toronto Maple Leafs intentionally making life hard on goaltender James Reimer

The Leafs make life hard on both goalies because they allow so many shots. But I fully support starting Reimer against tougher opponents because he’s played so well, and gives the team the best chance to win. From Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.

Maple Leafs: David Clarkson playing on third line in practice

I wouldn’t read too much into that. Personally, I probably would put Clarkson in the top six to balance those lines out better, but he’s also useful on a shutdown line alongside Jay McClement. From Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star.

Leafs looking to up their pressure game

If they can consistently play like they did in the second period in Boston, their possession issues will be helped tremendously. From Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.

Duhatschek: GMs set to meet with the future of fighting in the crosshairs

You would think, at the very least, the GMs would decide to ban goalies from leaving their creases to engage in a fight. I doubt they decide on any major changes to the fighting rules during the meeting. From Eric Duhatschek of The Globe and Mail.

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