It’s Christmas Eve (EDIT: now it’s Christmas Day!), which means it’s a time of giving, a time of being together with our loved ones, and a time of miracles.
That’s probably why the Leafs felt like giving us all heart attacks together before pulling out a miracle win yesterday afternoon. Now, we have to wait a few days for the next game as we run through the holidays.
From everyone here at PPP, we hope you enjoy your holiday break. Whether you are spending time with your family, your friends, your pets, or anything in between, I hope you get to eat all the food, watch all the holiday movies, and recharge all your batteries.
This community has given us all a lot, usually in the form of sports therapy. From the memes, the daily threads about nothing, the venting and bitching about the Leafs and hockey media and the league’s new controversy.
It does mean a lot to me, personally, to have this community in my life. It gives a lot to me, and I think that’s the case for a lot of people here.
Have a great holiday everyone!
ONTO THE LINKS
Maple Leafs’ win over Hurricanes through the eyes of a nine-year-old | by Luke Fox at Sportsnet.ca
Some roster weirdness before the game yesterday, with Trevor Moore listed as unavailable for the game and Jeremy Bracco being recalled from the Marlies. We got this update after the game:
Keefe said Trevor Moore reported not feeling well, like he did the other day. Held him out for another game and will assess him again after the Christmas break.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) December 23, 2019
‘I do have a chip on my shoulder’: Leafs prospect Nick Robertson’s journey has him on cusp of world juniors | by Sean Fitz-Gerald at The Athletic.
Speaking of N Rob, as we suspected Nick Robertson made the final roster cut for Team USA for the upcoming World Junior Championship.
The 2020 U.S. National Junior Team has been announced! #USAWJC 🇺🇸— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 23, 2019
Details → https://t.co/iG76eESDz1 pic.twitter.com/TxPjNIoq0e
Probably because he kept doing stuff like this:
Nick Robertson just scored a beauty pic.twitter.com/zbjY2vklM4— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) December 23, 2019
Robertson sets up Oliver Wahlstrom for his second point of the period pic.twitter.com/a36PLRdjVY— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) December 23, 2019
Leafs prospect Mikko Kokkonen also made the cut for Team Finland’s roster.
Team Finland is using the same lineup today as they did on Saturday, so it's safe to assume this is also the lineup they'll start the #WorldJuniors tournament with. pic.twitter.com/HN3ECoBzz0— Jokke Nevalainen (@JokkeNevalainen) December 23, 2019
AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD
The NHL rule enforcement strategy is basically to cut a chicken’s head off and see where on the decision board it ultimately dies on.
Yes. I made an inquiry. By rule, the Jets should have got the PP. The penalty should have stayed. But I’m told the referee who had called the delayed penalty went to Paul Maurice and said he had changed his mind on the penalty call. Rare to see that. But honest I guess https://t.co/BBlf9jLFhr— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 24, 2019
Tom Wilson and Brad Marchand enter, hopefully neither of them leave!
Tom Wilson gets ejected late in the game pic.twitter.com/gFnTjLgpaz— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 24, 2019
Future Arizona Coyote for meh prospect, Brent Seabrook.
EXCLUSIVE:#Blackhawks GM says announcement on Brent Seabrook "coming soon."— John Dietz (@johndietzdh) December 24, 2019
Seabrook is missing his 4th straight game tonight.
This is my shocked face.
Jeremy Roenick suspended indefinitely by NBC Sports for making inappropriate comments about co-workers: https://t.co/i29ijgGNBB— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) December 23, 2019