What’s Next for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have now lost 9 straight games, and before their current losing streak, they were an abysmal 3-8-0. Adding up to a grand total of 3-16-1 in their last 20 games. The only humour in the otherwise bleak situation might be that before this current 3-16-1 stretch they went on a 10-1-1 streak. The Leafs recent record has many scratching their heads. Not many people thought the Leafs were a cup contender, but many had them at least battling for a playoff spot. Currently, the only thrills Maple Leaf fans can hope for after the regular season will be possessing a draft lottery pick. The struggling Maple Leafs have not technically been eliminated from the playoff race. However, it would take something like a 22-8-1 record in their remaining 31 games to get them to 93 points, which was how many it took to get into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference last season.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 17

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Sunday January 25th 2015 – Saturday January 31st 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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The Ramblings of a Delusional Fan

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In terms of how the Flyers season has gone, the team has genuinely turned a corner.  They have won eight of their last twelve and have won four in a row.  On top of that they have been playing a much better brand of hockey lately.  They seem to either finally understand, or have at least bought into the systems that Coach Craig Berube has them playing.  As well, they have been hanging with some of the NHL’s better teams (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington).  That certainly sounds like a recipe for success.  So I have found myself suddenly optimistic about the stretch drive to the end of the season.  The question is, am I being realistic?

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Around the Arena: NHL Arenas as City Anchors

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Suburban sprawl is far from disappearing but there has definitely been an increasingly heavy movement back to cities and downtown cores across the cities of North America. And with this populous migration back to city cores, the passions of those people have followed. One of these passions is sports. As the last two decades have passed, professional sports teams have showed a trend of moving from suburban venues to city centers and the teams of the NHL have been a huge part of this trend. This has strengthened the NHL’s image and its relativity to the culture of the markets it has teams in. The importance of having NHL arenas in downtown cores can be explained through a couple case studies. To understand how superior a result can come from putting an NHL arena in city cores we must first look at the last NHL arena to be built in a suburban community.

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