NHL Weekly Summary: Week 15

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NHL Summary Week 15 2016-17

Monday January 16th 2017 – Sunday January 22nd 2017

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 are 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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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 7

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Monday November 21st 2016 – Sunday November 27th 2016

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 are 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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Exciting Storylines for the 2015-16 NHL Season

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114 days later, here we are at the start of the 2015-16 NHL season. Feels good, doesn’t it? With many fans getting revved up and excited to watch their teams either dominate the regular season or make an unexpected run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are also many other fans looking for a distraction from their team’s predicted abysmal season. For the later mentioned fans, as well as anyone else interested, I have constructed this list of exciting storylines to watch this season:

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Toronto Maple Leafs Anti-Bullying Campaign

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After seeing yet another blue and white jersey thrown onto the ice, this time in Vancouver; and hearing a Boston Bruins fan refer to loyal Toronto fans as ‘Sheep Nation’, I’ve decided that I am tired of seeing Leafs get bullied unnecessarily, not only by opposing fans, but by some of their own heartless, fairweather, so-called supporters. Evidently, Phil Kessel felt the same way, scoring a spiteful goal shortly after seeing his #81 jersey float to the ice surface at Rogers Arena last week.

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A Closer Look At: Media Responsibility

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Yesterday, before the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Florida Panthers, Phil Kessel unleashed a rant unto the masses.  At around 11:30 am he apparently called over the media and said,  “I’m disappointed today, I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing. A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. I’m embarrassed for them. I don’t think anyone deserves to be treated like that.”  There was much more to it than that, but these couple of sentences really do sum up what was on Kessel’s mind.  Many of the sports talk show’s were all over this topic today.  At the heart of the argument was the notion that the media is really starting to go too far in its analysis of players.  I admit that as a fan, I started to question just what it is that I am looking for from the media in terms of hockey analysis.

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The State of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rivalries

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Often the avid hockey fan will hear the statement that “rivalries are created in the playoffs”. The playoffs are a completely different animal: the games are faster, the players dig deeper, and emotions fly. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs once in the past ten years, so who is there for the Leafs to hate?

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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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A Closer Look At: Winning and Losing Streaks

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On Tuesday November 18, 2014 the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Nashville Predators 9-2.  I know this because I live in the GTA.  The next day, the sports media in the area was almost unlistenable.  “Carlyle likely to be fired after this weekend.” “Carlyle has lost the room.”  “What kind of Captain is Phaneuf?” yadda….yadda…yadda.  Admittedly losing 9-2 to any team in hockey is an embarrassing situation.  One of the more common idioms for a blowout of that sort is that the team, “lost by a touchdown.”  It was a fantastic loss in every sense, but one without the benefit of a crystal ball.  If anyone would have known then what they know now, would anyone have really been so upset.  As of Sunday December 14, 2014, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the hottest winning streak in the NHL at 8-1-1.  Funny how a month changes things.

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Leafs Player Analysis: Leo ‘The Lion’ Komarov

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Leo Komarov is off to a great start in his second stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27 year old Finnish forward was born in Estonia and speaks 5 languages, he can also play classical piano despite having no formal training. While all that is interesting food for thought, the most fascinating thing about Leo Komarov is how he plays the game of hockey. It would not be an easy task to compile a list of players who possess more grit than Komarov. Komarov  has put up 9 assists and 1 goal in 15 games so far this season. Although eclipsing his point total from his first  NHL season (42 games) after just 15 games is impressive, what this Finnish missile brings to the team extends far beyond offense. He finishes virtually all of his checks, is great defensively and seems to have the character of a great leader.

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