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From the Branches: Back in Action

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The Maple Leafs are sick of tropical beaches and parties. Now it’s time to head to cold, slushy NYC and have a bedtime again!

New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs

Good Morning Maple Leafs fans!

The hated bye week is now over and the Toronto Maple Leafs play hockey once again. The Marlies can go back to being ignored by the newspapers, because all is right with the world.

It’s game one of a back to back, and all indications are that the newest Maple Leaf, Curtis McElhinney, will be starting goal tonight. At least he better be starting. We’re chasing the Senators for a playoff spot so we need to beat them, and Freddie would be the goalie to play against them.

Alright, let’s dive into some links.

Editor in Leaf looks at Zach Hyman, a popular bye week topic.

Original Six Analytics ponders the idea of having a shootout specialist in your line up.

Blueshirt Banter has some pics of their ECHL teams video game night jerseys.

Over at Arctic Ice Hockey, Jets* fans wave the white flag of surrender in the Matthews/Laine debate.

The 6th Sens pokes holes in the Senators sunny ways season pitch.

Down Goes Brown checks out the rising and falling stocks in the NHL.

Mike Smith deserves to be in the All Star Game, and Five For Howling is here to defend him.

Japers Rink is celebrating Ovechkins 1000th point.

A Dynamic Duo

Alex Ovechkin: The Path to 1,000

The Noon Number: Ovech1K1n

Enjoy the day!