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The Leafs finally return to action tonight after a week off for the All-Star Game.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

It’s already the last day of January. Time is flying by with only three weeks left until the trade deadline and about 30 games left for most teams. The Leafs have 31 to go, including tonight’s game versus the Islanders.

The last Leafs game was against the Stars whom you may recall were embarrassed on their home ice, losing 4-1.

We’ll post a preview of tonight’s game later this morning, including any updated line changes (like Nikita Soshnikov playing forward instead of defence).

Leafs' workhorse defenceman Zaitsev back at practice - TSN
“[Stickhandling] was really hard. The first two days I was pretty mad,” he said. “But now, when you start practising with the team, it’s all coming back fast.”

ICYMI

2018 NHL Trade Deadline: How does it all work - Katya
It seems simple, until all these weird rules crop up you’ve forgotten about since last year.

Narratives and Random Number Generators - Arvind
Ordering and it’s impact on how we view our team.

Solar Bears Roundup: late January action - Paul Sisung
Mixed results haunt the team after the All-Star break.

Other News

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An unabashed, unapologetic love letter to Brock Boeser - Nucks Misconduct
From a married father of two… I know it’s weird.

Gionta to skate with Amerks in Olympic tune-up - TheAHL.com
[SPECIES: Keep him away from the goalies!]

Bell Let’s Talk starts the conversation about mental health – Northeast Valley News
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