Somewhere around hour two of googling “how to tell if your hockey team is cursed” and “how to break a curse” in a haze yesterday after reading this tweet –
#Leafs have recalled Pontus Aberg from the Marlies.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 10, 2020
John Tavares & Justin Holl (illness), Zach Hyman ("bumps/bruises"), and Kyle Clifford (funeral) will not be at practice. Andersen placed on IR retroactive to last Monday, but that doesn't affect his availability for tomorrow.
– I decided that I was maybe overreacting. Maybe. I’m still not ruling out putting up a Craigslist ad for a cursebreaker in the GTA.
To help convince myself, I had a look at how other teams are fairing at this point in the year and the great news is that many other teams are much more beat up than we are! (“Great” being a subjectively used adjective, very sorry to everyone currently in pain and/or throwing up, etc.)
The Blue Jackets for example have nine players out of their lineup right now, with eight of those on the IR list. The Buffalo Sabres have seven players missing games, with five on IR, which may at least partially (but not entirely) explain this:
xG rates— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) February 10, 2020
Goodbye, Buffalo Sabres. pic.twitter.com/iuKFsoxm0o
Anyways, while the Leafs list of injured players might look terrifying at first (shout-out to TSN and CBC for listing Horton and Clarkson on the Leafs injuries list, I know you’re technically not wrong but I did not appreciate the moment of confusion and added stress), it’s much less grim than it first appears. Of the eight players out of the Leafs lineup, only four are actually on IR, with the flu taking care of most of the rest of them. And of those four, it does sound like Andersen should be back within the next couple of games. So really, it’s not that bad! Or at the very least, it could be worse!
As for the fact that the Leafs have yet to play a single game this season with their full roster well... let’s just not linger on that.
And if anyone does know a good cursebreaker that they’d recommend, I’m not ruling that out either.
The plague continues to sweep through the Leafs:
Toronto Maple Leafs: The sick, the injured and Pontus Aberg
Over on the Marlies, Mason Marchment is streaking...
Mason Marchment continues his dominance in the AHL
...and so are the Marlies.
Don’t look now, but the Toronto Marlies are on a winning streak!
Maple Leafs Hot Stove looks at what might be Kyle Dubas’ next move:
Toronto Maple Leafs Notebook: What's next for Kyle Dubas? | Maple Leafs Hotstove
The Athletic asks every Leaf what their favourite movie is, revealing a surprising (?) amount of love for Leonardo DiCaprio:
Ask every Maple Leaf: In time for the Oscars, what's your...
Mitch Marner and John Tavares play Jenga together on the newest episode of Leaf to Leaf:
And all the rest
The Oilers signed an extension with Darnell Nurse:
Oilers sign defenseman Darnell Nurse to two-year contract
And this happened:
MIN trades Jason Zucker to PIT for Galchenyuk, 2020 first-round pick and Calen Addison.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 11, 2020