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Previewing the East: Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, 09.05.2013 / 8:00 AM / Features
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com





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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SEASON PREVIEW PHOTO GALLERY


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Head coach: Randy Carlyle
Captain: Dion Phaneuf
Division: Atlantic


LAST YEAR:
26-17-5 (57 points); 5th in the Eastern Conference, lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

VS. CBJ in '13-14:
10/25, 11/25, 3/3

OUTLOOK: Who could forget the Maple Leafs' heartbreaking loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? The Maple Leafs players and staff sure haven't. Though they made the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade, the Maple Leafs spent the offseason making sure their line-up is ready to make another run at the Stanley Cup. With the addition of the size and talent of former Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (you know, the guy who scored the Cup-winning goal in 2013) and former New Jersey Devils power forward/Ontario native David Clarkson, as well as highly touted 2013 NHL Draft pick Morgan Reilly, expect the Maple Leafs to use their tough playoff loss as the motivation they need to survive the 2013-14 season. They've beefed in goal, as well, trading for Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in hopes that he forms a solid tandem with incumbent James Reimer.


PLAYERS TO WATCH


James Reimer


The starting goalie position won't come easy for Reimer, but he certainly made his case in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by forcing the Bruins to win Game 7 in overtime and being one of the Leafs' best players in the postseason. Bernier is the other goalie fighting for the spot, and both he and Reimer are more than capable of carrying the mail in the starting role. The 25-year-old Reimer had a career-best season in 2012-13, which included a 19-8-5 record, four shutouts, a .924 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average. His play was a central factor in the Leafs' first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2004, and if he can keep up the numbers from last season, the Maple Leafs will certainly be in playoff contention once again in 2013-14.

Phil Kessel

The points leader for the Maple Leafs in both goals (20) and assists (32) is hoping for yet another productive season. He is also looking to secure a spot on Team USA's roster for the Olympics in Sochi, and will have to let his play for the Maple Leafs make the case. He's a consistent player who is more than capable of scoring 30+ goals this season, making him a player to watch on this Toronto team that showed it can light the lamp a year ago.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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