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Snow in the air, skill on the ice.

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Leafs News

Recap: Leafs 6, Flyers 3 | PPP -- "The Leafs again looked porous in the neutral zone, but the Flyers simply weren't strong enough on the forecheck to really make the Leafs pay."

Rielly, Hyman lead Maple Leafs past Flyers, 6-3 | Fox Sports -- "Lacking much pep offensively, too, Babcock mixed up his line combinations, trying a little bit of everything. Rookie William Nylander, who started the game with Matthews, saw time with both Kadri and Tyler Bozak. Connor Brown, meanwhile, stepped onto a line with Matthews and Hyman."

Maple Leafs rally with four third-period goals to beat Flyers 6-3 | Mirtle -- “We played like crap in the third period,” was how Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds – a Toronto native who had two of the Philadelphia goals – put it afterward.

Flyers at Maple Leafs recap: Flyers valiantly avoid winning, graciously lose 6-3 | Broad Street Hockey -- "The Leafs tried like hell to throw the win back at them like a hot potato, but the Flyers were the Ultimate Sportsmen and lost 6-3 tonight." What gentlemen.

Toronto Maple Leafs Announced As Nominee In Fandom 250 | Editor in Leaf -- Fandom 250 is FanSided’s list of the top 250 fanbases in the world – but it isn’t just limited to sports teams. The rankings will include fandoms of entertainment, pop culture and celebrities.

Other Stuff

Ho-Sang healthy scratched because reasons | LHH -- WTF?

Taking a PDO-based look around the league | DGB -- Which of the early-season trends have been real, and which are a mirage? We can’t know for sure. But we can get some important hints by looking at one number for each team: their PDO.

Also, DGB and Dave Lozo now have their own podcast.

Coyotes' 27-Year-Old GM Eyeing the Long Road to Becoming Hockey's Theo Epstein | Bleacher Report -- This link is just for Arvind, Chayka fanboy. Adrian Dater warning.

Florida: the US’s large adult son | Battle of Cali -- "Our Large Adult Son is behind on his credit card payments because he bought a fucking power boat. Again."

If a team plays in Ottawa, does it actually exist? | Battle of Cali -- "The black "O" is still a marketing device for Canadian Tire. It's still applicable for counting Stanley Cups, too."

Mayor Jim Watson speaks: Promoting importance of 2017 outdoor game to Melnyk | Sports Daily -- "Logistically, a game on Parliament Hill was always considered a longshot because of the timelines and circumstances involved.

Tampa Bay Lightning F Jonathan Drouin Not At Practice | Bolts by the Bay -- Screamface emoji.

Alain Vigneault Searches For Answers In Strange Places | Blueshirt Banter -- "Few players bring more controversy with them than Chris Kreider. Not because of what he does off the ice, but because of what’s he capable of doing on it."

From the Press Box: Ups and Downs | Raw Charge -- "Steve Yzerman doesn’t have time to stop at the fourth floor so someone with a rack or two of hot dog buns can get down to the Promenade level.”