That was a fun preseason game. The Toronto Maple Leafs got their first shot at beating the Montreal Canadiens in the preseason, after the Toronto Marlies managed it the previous game.
The Leafs looked dominant for most of their 3-0 win, and especially in the third period. They had some calls (and lack of reviews) go their way a couple of times, but we saw as much as we would have liked to.
Rasmus Sandin had a 90% CF% to lead the team which is hilarious (also some great usage via Babcock and co). The best part is that comes from the strength of only 2 shot attempts against him all game. In all, only one Leafs player had a CF% below 50% for the game.
Babcock on Sandin: “You don’t get a sense that he’s a kid, not making jittery moves on the ice.”#Leafs— thomas williams (@nosalaryretaind) September 26, 2019
It's unfair that rookies like Dale Weise have to go up against veterans like Rasmus Sandin in these preseason games. pic.twitter.com/q5uGWi8pAP— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) September 26, 2019
I know it’s the preseason, and that was the Leafs best (pretty much) against the Habs sort of best, bt that was a mix of a good effort by Toronto and a poor one from Montreal. I know some are expecting big things from Montreal this year, and maybe preseason shouldn’t change anyone’s mind, but I wasn’t really buying it before and I’m buying it less now.
Frederik "The French Press" Gauthier rumbling and stumbling his way to a >95% xGF— haunted prosciutto! (@mostlyleafies) September 26, 2019
I rest my case.
ONTO THE LINKS
Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Launching the Dream Gap Tour | by nafio
Maple Leafs cut a handful of players to Marlies camp | by Katya
Q&A: Sheldon Keefe on Marlies, rumours and lessons from Mike Babcock | by Joshua Kloke at The Athletic
Mike Babcock on Egor Korshkov: “I’ve been seeing a real good player right from the get-go… His hands and his hockey sense for a man that big — he makes plays every time he has it” | transcript by MLHS
There’s no video or mention of it that I can see, but Leafs’ prospect Mikhail Abramov got his first point — a PP assist — last night for the Victoriaville Tigres, and added 5 shots to boot.
Some good news out of Newfoundland:
BREAKING: The Newfoundland Growlers announced today that they have reached an Agreement in Principle for a 10-year lease extension for use of Mile One Centre through the 2029-2030 season.— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) September 25, 2019
Press Release -->https://t.co/RhpcRt54Uv
Tickets On-Sale NOW -->https://t.co/F7Ag7fsp4V pic.twitter.com/UInGJpkfkb
About Auston Matthews...
Fulemin wrote a good piece about the situation — as we knew it at the time — yesterday. If you have thoughts about it, please share them in the comments for that article and please be civil and level-headed.
AROUND THE NHL
Matthew Tkachuk signed a bridge deal with the Calgary Flames
With Matthew Tkachuk signed for $7M x 3 years, we now show the Calgary #Flames projected $650k over the cap.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 25, 2019
The Flames have until the start of the season to get below the limit, which is possible by going with a roster of 22 or less players.https://t.co/VtlQquXnM6 pic.twitter.com/ffrXQquPU2
The Pittsburgh Penguins ran out this lineup for their preseason game last night.
Tonight's lines vs. Detroit:— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 25, 2019
Guentzel - Crosby - Tanev
Kahun - Malkin - Rust
McCann - Bjugstad - Hornqvist
Aston-Reese - Blueger - Simon
Dumoulin - Letang
Pettersson - Schultz
Riikola - Gudbranson
All you nerds mocked the Penguins for signing Tanev to his contract, but look at him now! That’s top line RW Brandon Tanev to you, and—
What’s that? I’m being informed he scored a goal and I need to delete my account. Well, shit.
Good news out of Seattle, as they announced their pro-scout hires.
We're excited to welcome pro scouts Ulf Samuelsson, Cammi Granato, Stu Barnes, Dave Hunter and John Goodwin to the #NHLSeattle family!— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) September 25, 2019
Meet the squad → https://t.co/EGBEW8wQkl pic.twitter.com/atV3SnXfGf
Have a great Thursday everyone!