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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: December 6, 2013

If you were like me and missed the game last night, here’s the Game In Six:

Thoughts on the video:

– It’s easy to look at that 80 man games lost to injury number and think “Whoa, that’s a lot”, but Randy Carlyle put things in perspective in his comments after the game. He said, “There’s 15 teams that have lost more man games than we have so quit feeling sorry ourselves.” So yeah, the injuries aren’t an excuse for this team playing terrible hockey.

– I have a feeling that “Excellent save by Bernier!” is a phrase we’re going to hear Joe Bowen utter more than a few times in this highlight pack.

– How did Jerry D’Amigo only get four minutes of ice time this game? He should have earned at least 10 after that first shift alone. The dude is a bundle of enthusiastic energy.

– Look at that Kessel-Kadri-JvR line generating an effective cycle. That’s music to my eyes right there.

– Oh. Looks like someone forgot to cover Erik Cole streaking all alone to the front of the net. And Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser for some reason are standing right beside each other trying to cover the same guy. Whoops!

– KADRI! Don’t come back, Bozak!

– I don’t know what “larceny” means but Bernier’s save on Seguin was definitely that.

– Bernier seems to have an unfortunate habit of jumping every time there’s a high shot from the point with traffic in front. Maybe it’s because he’s short, but that doesn’t seem like a good idea because he’s leaving the bottom of the net exposed. And that’s what happened on the Stars’ second goal.

– TREVOR FREAKING SMITH!

Looking at the box score, the Leafs allowed 50 shots and generated 24 of their own. Yup, sounds about right. Never change, Leafs.

On to da links:

Leafs Back To Their Winning Ways: Goaltending

J.P. Nikota didn’t watch the game either, but has some interesting information to share. (Also, read the comments. Lots of good stuff in there.) From Pension Plan Puppets.

Siegel: Smith making most of unexpected Leafs opportunity

Yeah, who could have expected Trevor Smith would get an opportunity with the Leafs this year? Oh yeah, just about everyone. He was fifth in the organization’s depth chart at centre at the start of the year. From Jonas Siegel of TSN.

Maple Leafs Recall John-Michael Liles; Rielly to Team Canada?

That seems like the logical outcome in all this now that the Leafs have eight defensemen in the fold. From Travis Bateman of Tip of the Tower.

Can the Maple Leafs shot-quality their way to the playoffs?

History isn’t on the Leafs’ side. From Eric T. of SB Nation.

Katrina’s Daily Rant: Toronto Maple Leafs Shots on Goal

Obviously shots don’t tell the whole story, but when you give up as many as the Leafs do, you’ll need a miraculously high shooting and save percentage to be successful. From Katrina Cappelli of Too Many Men On The Site.

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