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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: December 3, 2013

The Toronto Maple Leafs will face the San Jose Sharks for the first time since February 23, 2012 tonight. The recent history between the two teams has been overwhelmingly in the Sharks’ favour, as they’ve won five of their last six games against the Leafs dating back to December 2005.

Those results aren’t exactly unexpected, as the Sharks are a perennial playoff team and Cup favourite while the Leafs are…well, not so much. The Leafs didn’t have to face the Sharks or any Western Conference team in last year’s shortened campaign (in which they finally made the playoffs for the first time in nine years), but that has changed this year, and this month the Leafs face pretty much all of the West’s best.

It all starts when the Leafs play the Sharks, who own the second-best record in the league and have won eight of their last nine. We’ll have full coverage of the bloodbath game right here at EIL. In the meantime, here are some Tuesday afternoon links:

Mirtle: Leafs luck takes a turn for the worse

How the Leafs’ good luck earlier in the season (and last year) has turned bad. From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.

This is Madness. This is Toronto!!

(Nodding.) From Curt S. of Blue Chip Prospects.

Darnell Nurse, Max Domi lead Team Canada’s surprise world junior tryout snubs

Two Leafs prospects are on this list compiled by Kelly Friesen of Buzzing The Net.

NHL minutes vs. world juniors is a question of development for teams

I would let Morgan Rielly play in the world juniors. From Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press.

The Weekend in Hockey: Basically, Canada Is So Sad Right Now

Sean McIndoe (aka Down Goes Brown) gets you caught up with all the happenings around the NHL over the past weekend on Grantland.

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