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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: November 12, 2013

Being a Leafs fan means you probably have a healthy dose of reserved skepticism when rooting for your team, even if their record says they’ve been among the best teams in the league so far. We’ve all seen the Leafs start seasons hot, only to falter down the stretch. Especially when the team has looked spectacularly bad at times, it’s hard to be too confident in the Leafs these days.

The Buds currently sit third in the Atlantic Division with 22 points; only two points back of the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the Leafs are only four points ahead of the sixth-place Ottawa Senators, so they’re not in a secure position by any means. The Leafs need to win games now, because in December they face an absolutely brutal stretch in the schedule. Tyler Bozak will be back from injury sometime in the next week or so, but excuse me if that prospect doesn’t have me jumping for joy.

In short, if the Leafs start playing better hockey this week, it will help me feel better about this team’s chances to stay near the top of the division. I’m just very skeptical they can improve with the personnel they have now. But remember, it could always be worse; you could be a Lightning fan today. On to the links:

Mirtle: Maple Leafs still searching to find complete game

It’s pretty amazing how a team can look so good during one period in a hockey game but then so bad for the other two. From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.

Dave Nonis isn’t into Corsi, but why should he be?

In what world is it not considered a bad thing when you allow a lot more shot attempts than you generate? Because that’s all that corsi is. I wonder if Nonis will change his tune after the Leafs face that Murderer’s Row in December. From Cam Charron of The LeafsNation.

Reimer’s rebounds no big deal for Maple Leafs

Jonathan Bernier has been better than James Reimer at controlling rebounds over his small sample of shots faced, but the difference is fairly insignificant. From Chris Boyle of Sportsnet.

A Veteran’s Perspective On Military Appreciation At Hockey Games

A very thought-provoking and convicting piece on what Veteran’s/Remembrance Day means to the actual veterans, and how the NHL sometimes misses the mark with their appreciation ceremonies. From John Evans of Octopus Thrower.

Islanders Reveal Winter Classic Logo

Surprise! (Just kidding.) From Andy Graziano of Eyes On Isles.

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