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The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Game vs OTT

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Ottawa Senators. The teams played at the CAA Centre, home of the Belleville Senators. Skaters: Aston-Reese, Aube-Kubel, Der-Arguchintsev, Holmberg, Kampf, Malgin, McMann, Robertson, Shaw, Simmonds, Steeves, Holl, Hollowell, Kral, Mete, Villeneuve. Goaltenders: Samsonov Depth Pieces Shine Again The Toronto Maple Leafs once again opted to not-play their star players, in the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Yet they gave the opportunity to those in the process of hoping to crack the opening night lineup. Nick Robertson got the Leafs on the board once again. The youngster ripped a shot from distance, beating Sens' goaltender Anton Forsberg. Later in the game, Robertson would pick the puck up in the slot, and rip it by the netminder. The California native, now has three goals, in three preseason games. The rookie will look for all the confidence he can get as he looks to crack the opening night l

Players Likely to Breakout this Season - Dach, Merkley, Samsonov, Swayman, Zadina

The NHL season is just around the corner, with training camp starting up in a few weeks and preseason games scheduled for mid-September. Here are five NHL players that are likely to break out during the upcoming season: #5 Kirby Dach - Montreal Canadiens Dach was playing in a horrible situation with the Chicago Blackhawks. The team was basically tanking in the hopes of a high draft pick. With the Canadiens, it is likely that Dach will have a role on the top offensive lines of a stacked Habs offense.   For the Blackhawks last season, Dach played in 70 games, recording just nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points. The former third-overall pick during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft struggled to produce offense throughout the season.   Dach is a player that plays with solid size, standing at 6-foot-4-inches. He plays a well-rounded game and uses his speed to beat defenders. He is a playmaker who protects the puck well.   Dach was acquired through a trade from Chicago to Montreal

Speculating: Murray or Samsonov, who gets the First Start?

It is pretty clear that the biggest question mark within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is goaltending. Kyle Dubas and the Leafs' staff made a bold move this offseason, moving on from all-star goaltender Jack Campbell. And bringing in two netminders with shaky pasts, Murray and Samsonov. At first glance, the two netminders appear to have similar skill sets. Both goalies are capable or were once capable of stealing a game or two for their past respectable teams.  Of course, it is likely that the game one starting job will be decided during training camp, but it is still worth pointing out some key differences between the two goalies.   Personally, Ilya Samsonov should be the goaltender, starting game one of the regular season for the Maple Leafs (based on prior info). Samsonov is a player that just turned 25 years old this year and has yet to make 100 NHL appearances.   During the 2019-20 season, the former first-round pick played in 26 games while posting a .913 save per

Either Matt Murray or Ilya Samsonov is Poised to have a Big Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a bold move this offseason. The team let go of all-star goaltender Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek (at the trade deadline) and picked up two high-risk, high-reward goaltenders. Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov are two similar goaltenders. Both goalies have had strong seasons before, but have had poor seasons leading up to this offseason.   Let's start with Matt Murray. Murray broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he stole the show from Marc-Andre Fleury. Before being shipped out to Ottawa, Murray was able to win two Stanley Cups with the Pens.   Boy, oh boy, Murray's time in Ottawa was an absolute disaster! The Thunder Bay native only played in 47 games with his new team. Last season, Murray split time with the Sens, the AHL and on the injured list. Yes, Murray started the season off so poorly, the Sens optioned him off to the AHL, placing him on waivers. Although, Murray finished the season on a high note, with a .906 save percentag