The Maple Leafs have a few days off, continuing their NHL-mandated exile in the US on a strict Wednesday and Saturday-only schedule, waiting until they can play another home game in Toronto with at least a partial capacity crowd to get that badly-needed hockey-related revenue for the players and league to share. Their next home game is still tentatively scheduled for next week, with the Leafs hosting the Anaheim Ducks, but we’ll wait and see if that actually happens or it’s somehow changed to a Leafs game in Anaheim or otherwise postponed.
Beyond that, the official Leafs schedule for February on NHL.com still has the large break in it for the the NHL All-Star Game on February 5th which is going ahead as planned in Vegas, and after that the two week break for the Winter Olympics, which we know are not happening for the NHL players.
What games will appear in those two weeks are still up in the air, but you have to think both the dates, locations, and teams need to be confirmed in the very near future. It’s only three weeks away.
In the meantime, the Leafs will spend this week in New York City to play the Rangers on Wednesday, and then the Islanders on Saturday. We’ll have more on those games as the week goes on.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day in the US which means the NHL has a slew of matinee games in the US on the docket, starting as early as 1:00 p.m. ET, so if you want to watch some hockey while working there’s probably a game on some obscure Sportsnet channel, or you can check NHL Live.
The Back to Excited crew had a new podcast yesterday and they took a deep dive in to Mitch Marner.
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The Marlies are on a long road trip through the AHL Atlantic Division right now. So far they have played the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliates) and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers affiliates) and they won both games in overtime.
Here’s the game winner on Saturday by Alex Steeves against the Bears:
YOUR OT WINNER ‼️ STAY HOT STEEVER 🔥#MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/tdnOOg1R80— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) January 16, 2022
Here’s the game winner on Sunday by Joey Anderson (his third goal of the game) against the Pokemon Phantoms:
🎩🎩🎩 HATS OFF TO YOU, JOEY #MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/TvfgKEh8HI— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) January 16, 2022
The Marlies are off to Connecticut to play the Hartford Wolf Pack this Wednesday, and then they will swing through Pennsylvania on the weekend to play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Sounds like an exhausting road trip! One bit of news we will follow is on Kristiāns Rubīns who left Sunday’s game with an injury.
Kristiāns Rubīns will not return to today's game. #MarliesLive— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) January 16, 2022
We’ll probably get more on that when they have their next practice session and Coach Greg Moore has an update.
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