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The Leafs have tonight off, but the Marlies are staying up late.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Maple Leafs defeated the Sabres last night with seconds left on the clock in overtime. Auston Matthews came up with a big goal for the win, though he admitted he didn’t expect that to happen because of his own line change error.

In any case, the Leafs still won, and picked up two points in the league standings. It’s past November, but I think that still matters. The Leafs held their position at second in the Atlantic Division behind the Lightning who also won last night.

The Leafs have tonight off, but the Marlies will play in a rare Wednesday night home game. They face the Providence Bruins at 7:00 p.m. at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

Remember on Saturday the Marlies have their annual Teddy Bear toss game.

Team USA will release its preliminary WJC roster tonight. We will watch to see if any prospects from the Maple Leafs organization are included.

ICYMI

Here’s what we wrote about earlier yesterday.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Three Pressing Questions - Arvind
What are we looking for in the next third of the season.

William Nylander, the salary cap, and you - Katya
Monday Tuesday morning quarterbacking the Nylander contract.

Seattle News

Seattle becomes NHL’s 32nd team after league unanimously approves expansion - CBC
The NHL confirmed Tuesday the addition of a Seattle team after the board of governors voted unanimously in favour of the expansion.

The Arizona Coyotes must stay in the Pacific Division - Five For Howling
The NHL Board of Governors will be voting on the Seattle Expansion tomorrow. If approved, it means change is coming to the Pacific Division.

Other News

Someone was clearly a target last night.

This final hit is within the rules for the mechnics of the hit—obviously it was an interference play deserving a minor penalty—but what troubles me is how easily Tom Wilson’s helmet pops off. That’s why he was injured. You can see he hits his forehead on the ice when he falls. I can’t see enough detail of how he was wearing the chin strap, but it is quite alarming how easily it flew off his head. I have seen a lot of NHL players wear them questionably loose and this wouldn’t be the first instance of a helmet coming off from a hit that caused an injury.

Spitfires trade Michael DiPietro to the 67’s – The OHL Collective
The trade we’ve been hearing about since the summer has finally happened.

The Curious Case of Tyler Toffoli - Jewels From The Crown
What happened to that productive two-way Tyler Toffoli we all loved?

Detroit Red Wings are OK losing Anthony Mantha to a fight
[Species: What?]

Pulock has become the Islanders’ most important defenseman - Lighthouse Hockey
[Species: Lots of detailed stats talk here and what it means for Ryan Pulock.]

Did Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo get shafted? - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks prospect was surprisingly omitted from Canada’s World Junior camp.