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Should the Toronto Maple Leafs look into Acquiring Goaltending Depth?

With a 4-4-1 record, the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently positioned close to the bottom of the Atlantic Division. The team hasn't been playing to its potential, but is goaltending to blame? Ilya Samsonov has been outstanding so far this season, but can Erik Kallgren hold things down until Matt Murray is back to full strength? Will Murray be able to deliver when ready? For one, goaltending is a mystery, you never know if an injured goaltender will come back stronger or regress. Should the Maple Leafs search for depth goalies? Certainly! Let's face it, Erik Kallgren is not up to NHL standards, and it is unclear when and even if Murray will play well upon his return. A team can never have enough depth at the goaltending position! Erik Kallgren Erik Kallgren's struggles this season in the AHL and NHL are quite apparent. The 26-year-old goaltender made one start for the Toronto Marlies to begin the season. With only 28 minutes of action before being removed due to a minor inju

The Future: Plenty of Habs' Prospects Start the Season off Strong

One of the greatest prospect pools in the National Hockey League belongs to the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the Habs' prospects have had strong starts to the season thus far. For a squad that is partially rebuilding or retooling, this is crucial. The following prospects have had promising starts in their respective leagues: Joshua Roy - Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL The standout Canadian from the 2021 World Juniors was chosen in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft. Roy is regarded as one of the National Hockey League's most underappreciated prospects. In the QMJHL, Roy ranks high in both points and assists. After a good WJC tournament and preceding season, the 19-year-old started his fourth junior campaign. The winger has six goals and 13 assists in 11 games this year. JOSHUA ROY PUTS CANADA ON THE BOARD! #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/UacP7Z2yCX — TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 21, 2022 Riley Kidney - Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Another QMJHL standout who plays for the Montreal Canadi

Tony DeAngelo is Thriving on the Top D-Pair for the Philadelphia Flyers

The hometown native, Tony DeAngelo, is widely regarded as a one-way, offensive defenseman in the National Hockey League. DeAngelo, a former first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, signed a two-year deal, worth $10,000,000, with Philadelphia this offseason. One person you can depend on to spark the offense is DeAngelo. With a goal and five assists through the first seven games of the season, DeAngelo is once again among the team leaders in points. The 27-year-old controls the Flyers' top power play unit and is a member of their first defensive pairing alongside Ivan Provorov.   DeAngelo, a native of Philadelphia, doesn't hesitate to fire the puck. The right-handed defensemen has a 15.4 shooting percentage and a 44% shots to net percentage. DeAngelo is a player that has contributed to the Flyers' strong start, scoring in 80% of their victories.   Unlike in previous seasons, the defensive game hasn't been a major worry thus far this season. DeAngelo receives playin

Will Jack Studnicka Perform with the Vancouver Canucks?

The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Jack Studnicka from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Michael DiPietro and Jonathan Myrenberg. Studnicka is a 23-year-old centerman who was a former second-round pick by the Bruins during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.  Studnicka will have every opportunity to perform with his new team. With the injuries to Brock Boeser and Curtis Lazar, Studnicka is expected to join the team as soon as possible. The 23-year-old is waivers eligible, meaning he would have to be placed on league waivers prior to being sent down to the AHL.   The Windsor native has found success at the AHL level, but has yet to translate his play to the NHL level. When Studnicka competed against the likes of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Charlie Coyle in Boston, the youngster was left playing very few minutes a night.   There is no doubt that Studnicka is a dedicated player who wants to continue to grow in his game. Early on in his pro career, the Bruins notified Studnicka that

Everything You Need to Know as From the Red Wings-Bruins Game - The Key Notes (10/27/22)

The Detroit Red Wings travel to Boston, as the Wings take on the Bruins in the first matchup of the season. Bruins' winger Brad Marchand returns to the lineup after missing seven games due to offseason surgery. Pre-Game Notes: Marchand returns from hip injury (B’s activate the winger from IR) Matt Luff slots in for DET Bruins assign Mike Reilly to the AHL Lindholm set to play in his 600th career NHL game Marchand will not travel with the team tomorrow against CBJ Bruins come into the game 5-0 at TD Garden 533rd consecutive sell-out at TD Garden Bruins trade Jack Studnicka for Michael DiPietro and Jonathan Myrenberg DET Lines: Kubalik-Larkin-Perron Veleno-Copp-Raymond Soderblom-Rasmussen-Erne Luff-Suter-Zadina Chiarot-Seider Maata-Hronek Hagg-Lindstrom Husso Nedeljkovic BOS Lines: Marchand-Bergeron-DeBrusk Hall-Krejci-Pastrnak Frederic-Coyle-Zacha Foligno-Nosek-Smith Lindholm-Grzelcyk Forbort-Clifton Zboril-Carlo Swayman Ullmark 1st Period Notes: Bergeron wins opening draw Marchand

Sean Monahan is Thriving with the Montreal Canadiens (Kent Hughes W)

Former Calgary Flames forward, Sean Monahan has been an intriguing player within the National Hockey League, over the course of the past few seasons. The once dominant 80 point scorer, saw a regression in points totals within the past three seasons.  The $6,375,000 man entered the 2022-23 season in his final year of a massive contract worth $44,625,000 over the course of seven years. Poor performance eventually led the Calgary Flames to trade Monahan, along with a conditional first-round pick, to Montreal for future considerations. With the Montreal Canadiens, Monahan has since seen a boost in offensive production and ice-time. The 28-year-old centermen has been one of the best forwards within the Habs' lineup this season.  Monahan has been paired on the top line, alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. The Brampton native, has suited up for all seven games this season, recording two goals and three assists over the span. Monahan also leads all Habs' forwards with a faceoff pe

Oilers Goaltenders Looks to Prevail Team to the Next Level

The Edmonton Oilers started the season with a goaltender tandem of Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner. Campbell, the starter had high expectations going into the season, after the Oilers signed the veteran to a sizeable contract this offseason. While rookie netminder, Stuart Skinner, came into the season with only 16 games of experience.  Campbell got off to a rocky start but has since rebounded with three games, where he recorded a save percentage above 90%. Campbell was lit up against the Calgary Flames, allowing four goals on 11 total shots, before being replaced. Skinner shut the door for the remainder of the game stopping all 31 shots on goal.  Both Oilers goaltenders have caught a rhythm and have been putting up solid numbers over the past five games. Edmonton sits with a 3-3-0 record, but look to improve with their new tandem netminders. The stars are once again shining to start the year for Edmonton. Draisaitl currently leads the team with three goals and eight assists, while McD

Is it time to Move On from Ryan Merkley?

Ryan Merkley has been an intriguing prospect for numerous of years. The highly-skilled, offensive defensemen has been known to carry elite offensive ability, but struggles to play a consistent defensive game. Merkley, now 22-years-old, is currently with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL. The defensemen has yet to put up a high-point season since his junior days. Does the good outweigh the bad? For Merkley, it is certain that his offensive skill and puck handling ability is certainly of NHL level. But does the offense makeup for his poor defensive efforts? The Sharks sent Merkley down to the AHL this training camp, after the righty was a mainstay in the NHL lineup last season. The offensive defensemen suited up for 39 NHL games last season, playing a consistent role on the third-line, and leading the second power play unit. Merkley was able to notch his first NHL goal, against the Buffalo Sabres, while also recorded six assists during his stint. It is quite present that Merkley has look

Pre-Game Notes: Everything to NEED Know as Maple Leafs vs Arizona

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming in on a mild-high, after the team beat their divisional-rival the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.  Projected Lines: Bunting-Matthews-Marner Nylander-Tavares-Malgin Engvall-Kerfoot-Jarnkrok Aston-Reese-Kampf-Aube-Kubel Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-Holl Giordano-Sandin Kallgren Samsonov Matt Murray Injury + Kallgren to Start The Toronto Maple Leafs previously called up netminder Erik Kallgren after placing Matt Murray on injured reserve. Kallgren has played in a total of 14 NHL games throughout his career, all last year.  This season, the Finnish netminder has suited up for one game in the AHL. Kallgren played just 28 minutes, before being taken out with a minor injury.  For Murray, it is extremely likely he won't be back in action for at least another four weeks. The former Stanley Cup champion, left a practice due to an adductor injury. The @MapleLeafs have placed G Matt Murray on long-term injured reserve. He is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks (ad

Pre-Game Notes: Everything you NEED to Know Before Boston Battles Florida

The Bruins and Panthers are set to face off later today, as both teams enter the contest without a loss within their first two games. The Atlantic Division foes are two teams with high expectations and will likely both compete for a playoff spot. Projected Bruins Lines: Hall-Bergeron-Smith Zacha-Krejci-Pastrnak Greer-Coyle-Frederic Foligno-Nosek-Lauko Lindholm-Renouf Forbort-Clifton Reilly-Zboril Ullmark Swayman Brandon Carlo OUT with Injury The Boston Bruins have announced that they have placed Brandon Carlo on injured reserve. The Bruins defensemen, was injured against the Arizona Coyotes, when he took a high hit, during the first period. Carlo recorded a total of 6:40 of ice-time during the game, and did return after the first period. Carlo has a prior history of concussions, so a timetable of return is unavailable at the moment. 🎥 Coach Montgomery on Brandon Carlo, who suffered an upper-body injury last night against Arizona: "He's better today than we were expecting. We&

Bruins Lineup Holds TEN Unique Goal-Scorers Within Two Games

The Boston Bruins have have started their season off successfully, after taking their first two games against the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes. Goal-scoring is nothing short in Boston right now, even though the team is without leaders, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy. Bruins Showcase Depthed Lineup Goal-scoring has been tremendous to start the season for Boston. Head coach, Jim Montgomery has implanted a new playing style, in which it allows Boston's d-core to be more active in the offensive and neutral zone. So far, it looks as if Montgomery's style has worked for the Bruins core. The Bruins have scored 11 goals in their two games this season. The Bruins even have ten unique goal scores to start the season, the team is finding offense all-throughout the lineup. For example, Boston's leading goal scorer is currently A.J. Greer. The Bruins signee was fantastic against the Arizona Coyotes. Greer suited up on the third-line providing, physicality and great puck pot

Murray's Injury Opens the Door for Ilya Samsonov (Murray to LTIR)

It is noted that goaltender, Matt Murray will be out at least four weeks, with an adductor injury. Murray was placed on LTIR, and the Leafs have called-up Erik Kallgren from the AHL. The Leafs started the season, without a clear cut #1 goaltender, but now it's Samsonov's time to shine. Samsonov entered opening night serving as the backup goaltender, to Matt Murray. Throughout, preseason the Russian netminder, was solid, but showed glimpses of poor execution and errors. It is expected that Samsonov will play the brink of the games, as it is rumored that Erik Kallgren was dealing with a minor-injury. Kallgren was injured during his season opener with the Toronto Marlies during the second period, he did not return. Throughout two starts this season, Samsonov has been solid between the pipes. The 25-year-old, has a 2-0-0 record, a .926 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against-average.

Everything You Need to Know from Boston's Win Against AZ (All the Notes)

Boston's game against Arizona tonight, was full of mixed emotions. The B's started the game off strong, with an early 2-0 lead, before allowing the Coyotes to tie the game up later in the game. Ultimately, the Bruins would prevail and defeat the Yotes, 6-3. B's Lines : Hall-Bergeron-Smith Zacha-Krejci-Pastrnak Greer-Coyle-Frederic Foligno-Nosek-Lauko Lindholm-Carlo Forbort-Clifton Reilly-Zboril Pre-Game Notes: Bruins Home Opener Jake DeBrusk ruled out with an injury Trent Frederic draws into the lineup, due to the injury to DeBrusk Swayman set to start first of the year Bruins alted d-pairs (Forbort/Clifton, Reilly/Zboril) 1st Period Notes : Lauko agitates a Coyotes player, to start the game Bruins allow 2-on-1, Reilly breaks the play up Carlo draws Interference penalty Pastrank strings Zacha on a breakaway, Zacha gets hooked Smith sets up Foligno, who hits the post, Zacha finds the rebound and buried (PP Goal) Foligno records his 500th point of his career on the play Good

NHL Rumors: Jake Allen's Performance, Rantanen Starts off Strong, Soderblom's First Goal, Matty Beniers

We are in the midst of the NHL season, here are some of the top rumors and news coming from the start of the season: Jake Allen's Spectacular Performance Habs' goaltender, Jake Allen was spectacular yesterday, when the Habs took on the Detroit Red Wings. Although, the Habs ultimately lost to the Wings, Allen was one of the best players on the ice. He was even named the third-star of the game. Allen was bombarded with shots all-throughout the game. The Red Wings started the game strong, racking up 25 shots on goal during the first period. The New Brunswick native, stopped all shots in the first period, including some desperation saves. The Habs' netminder, ended the game with a .974 save percentage and a 1.03 goals-against-average. Allen turned away, 37-out-of-38 shots on goal. Allen is expected to suit up for the majority of the Habs regular season games, after the news of Carey Price being out and potentially retiring.  Mikko Rantanen Starts off Strong The elusive, Finnish

NHL Updates: Can Caufield Hit 50 Goals? Makar Dazzles Again + Elmer Soderblom to Debut (MTL, COL, DET)

The NHL season is underway! After the conclusion of the first day of the National Hockey League season, here are some of the top updates for around the league: Can Cole Caufield Hit 50 Goals? Cole Caufield was arguably the best player on the ice for the Montreal Canadiens, during their opening night victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Caufield tallied two goals, playing 18:18, along with five shots on goal. Firstly, the youngster got on the board early in the second period. Approximately, 33 seconds in Caufield joined teammate Nick Suzuki on a two-on-one. Suzuki threaded the needle to Caufield, who roofed the puck by the goaltender. Caufield's goal tied the game at one a piece. Secondly, Caufield's second goal came at the near end of the second period, when he straight out beat Leafs' goaltender Matt Murray. Caufield entered the offensive zone with full composure of the puck and roofed a wrist shot, above the glove of Murray. To sum up, there is definitely a good chanc

The Key Positives from the Toronto-Montreal Game - 10/12/22

Game 1. The Leafs head over to Montreal, to battle a familiar fole, the Montreal Canadiens. Both teams are coming into the season with seasoned expectations, in the hopes of having a successful season. Leafs  Lines : F:  Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner William Nylander - John Tavares - Denis Malgin Pierre Engvall - Alex Kerfoot - Calle Jarnkrok Zach Aston-Reese - David Kampf - Nicolas Aube-Kubel D: Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-Holl Giordano-Sandin G: Matt Murray Ilya Samsonov Habs  Lines : F:  Cole Caufield - Nick Suzuki - Josh Anderson Sean Monahan - Kirby Dach - Mike Hoffman Juraj Slafkovsky - Christian Dvorak - Brendan Gallagher Rem Pitlick - Jake Evans - Evgenii Dadonov D: Guhle - Savard Xhekaj - Wideman Harris - Kovacevic G: Jake Allen Samuel Montembeault Tavares to Play Captain, John Tavares is back! The Leafs have announced that it is extremely likely that the all-star forward will suit up for the season opener.  Originally, it was expected that Tavares would miss the b

The Key Notes from Boston's Game vs WSH (10/12/22)

Game 1. The Bruins head over to the nation's capital, to battle with the 2018 Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals. Both teams are coming into the season with seasoned expectations, and on the brink of a Stanley Cup window. Lines : F:  Patrice Bergeron - Taylor Hall - Jake DeBrusk  Pavel Zacha - David Krejci - David Pastrnak Greer - Coyle - Smith Foligno - Nosek - Lauko D: Lindholm-Carlo Reilly-Clifton Forbort-Zboril G: Linus Ullmark Jeremy Swayman Pre-Game Notes : Linus Ullmark earns first start of the year Jeremy Swayman expected to start Saturday, vs Yotes Jakub Lauko suits up for first NHL game Bruins Pounce Early Good ole' Patrice Bergeron, scores again. The Bruins captain potted in his first goal of the season on the power play. Bergeron was found himself in his usual bumper position, picked up a rebound and potted the puck in. Bergeron was assisted by both David Krejci and David Pastrnak. Just eight minutes later in the first period, Pastrnak would tally his fi

NHL Rumors: Bruins Ink Anton Stralman, John Tavares to Play, Don't expect Shane Wright to excel

Opening night is tonight, the National Hockey League season is finally with us! With the upcoming season, here are some notes to know prior the start: Bruins Ink Anton Stralman from PTO The Boston Bruins have announced that they have signed defensemen, Anton Stralman to a one-year contract today. The deal is set to be worth $1,000,000, after the Swedish player joined the B's on a professional tryout. Stralman will play a key role within the Bruins organization, as the Bruins start the year without star, Charlie McAvoy. Stralman was pleasant throughout preseason with the Bruins, providing a sense of confidence, and defensive excellence. It isn't expected of Stralman to play high-end minutes with the team, but he is a player worthy of playing bottom, shut-down minutes. Last season, Stralman played as a member of the Arizona Coyotes. The veteran d-man played in 74 games, scoring twice and assisting 15 times. It is unlikely that Stralman suits up in Boston's opener tomorrow, bu

NHL Rumors: Don't expect Slafkovsky to Excel + Detroit Looks to Turn Heads this Season (Habs, Red Wings)

The official start to the National Hockey League is tomorrow. With the upcoming season, here are some notes to know prior the start: Don't expect Slafkovsky to Excel It's plain and simple, Juraj Slafkovsky's preseason was kind of disappointing. " I thought his two exhibition games were a little underwhelming for him, but the two rookie games in Buffalo, he was great ", said GM Kent Hughes. But as fans we got to recognize that ever prospect has a different development plan. And for Slafkovsky he is set to start the season playing in Montreal. The Slovakian forward came off an impressive showing at the Buffalo Sabres Prospect Showcase, where Slafkovsky proved to the front office that he is well past the junior level. But at NHL training camp it was questionable if Slafkovsky would make the NHL roster. For example, the forward played in four preseason games and only recorded one lone assist. It is also worthy to note the role that the winger was playing was top-six m

NHL Waivers: Bruins, Avalanche, Kraken, Maple Leafs (10/09/22)

As we continue to progress closer to the start of the NHL season, teams have cut down their lineups. Furthermore, in some cases, in order to demote a player to the minor leagues, the player has to be placed on waivers. Here are some of the top players that have been placed on waivers today: Boston Bruins - Chris Wagner, Nick Foligno, Mike Reilly The Bruins have now announced their full-roster for the start of the 2022-23 season. The Bruins opted to cut both forwards Nick Foligno and Chris Wagner, as they go for a younger approach to start the year.  Nick Foligno was described as a disappointment last season, after the Bruins signed him to an AAV of $3.8M. The former captain of the Columbus suited up for 64 games last season, playing in a minimal role on the fourth line. Furthermore, Chris Wagner spent the entire last season playing for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Last season, the Bruins opted to bury the wingers salary, as he failed to impress during training camp.  Lastly, Mike