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October 16, 2018 2:26 AM Kapanen, Sparks help Maple Leafs stretch win streak to five

Offensive stars: Defenceman Jake Gardiner assisted on the Leafs’ first two goals. He has yet to score this season, but he’s still contributing on offence with great stretch passes … Kapanen notched his third goal of the season with a bank shot off Kings goalie Jack Campbell just 46 seconds into the game. Midway through the third period, Kapanen scored 7

October 15, 2018 4:39 PM Garret Sparks to start for Maple Leafs against the Kings

Sporting News: How difficult was it to evaluate Garret’s first game, which was that wild offensive affair in Chicago? Babcock: The great thing about it, just like you, get evaluated every day in life. Same in pro hockey. Tonight's game marks the 150th meeting between the Maple Leafs and Kings. ...The Maple Leafs have a record of 62-64-21-2 in the previous 6

October 15, 2018 3:18 AM Monday NHL preview: Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs

The Kings’ Drew Doughty, one of the top three defencemen in the NHL, has yet to score through five games but is a plus-5. The Leafs’ Morgan Rielly, on the other hand, leads all blue-liners with 13 points in six games. The Kings lost 5-1 to the Senators on Saturday in Dion Phaneuf’s return to Ottawa, falling to 2-2-1. They controlled the play early and outshot 8

October 12, 2018 2:58 AM Game Centre: Matthews and the Familiar Four lead Leafs over Wings

Auston Matthews continued his torrid scoring pace and the power play continued to be the talk of the NHL as the Leafs beat Detroit on Thursday. Toronto fell behind 1-0 on a Nick Jensen goal — who entered the game with only four goals in 132 games — but roared back on goals by Morgan Rielly, Mitch Marner, and two power play markers from Matthews 16

October 8, 2018 3:52 AM Leafs win: Good things Leafs can outscore their mistakes

Frederik Andersen let in four goals on Saturday. Garret Sparks allowed six on Sunday, including two in the last minute-and-a-half. This is not time to panic, but it is time to remember, Kasimir Kaskisuo is third on the Leafs goaltending depth chart. Marlies fans know him. He's the No. 1 goalie there now. Remember, the Leafs chose to put Curtis McElhinney 7

October 5, 2018 9:23 PM Tavares’ past might shed light on Maple Leafs’ future

Nylander’s camp and the Leafs have been talking for months and reportedly remain $1 million per season apart on a multi-year deal, with the Leafs digging in at somewhere between $6 million and $7 million a year. The 22-year-old winger is coming off back-to-back 61-point seasons. Tavares agreed to his long-term contract with the Isles right after his three-year 6

October 5, 2018 8:33 PM Saturday NHL preview: Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs

Senators goalie Craig Anderson is one of several veterans being called upon to step it up this season. Anderson went 25-11-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage when the Senators went to the Eastern Conference final two seasons ago. Last season: 23-25-6, 3.22, .898 … Leafs centre Auston Matthews fired a pair of goals in Wednesday’s 7

October 3, 2018 1:49 AM Wednesday NHL preview: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares makes one of the most significant debuts by a new Leaf in generations. The hometown boy, who scored five goals in four pre-season games, already has the fan base thinking big ... Montreal fan favourite Brendan Gallagher earned an assistant’s A when the Canadiens recently named Shea Weber captain. Gallagher’s 31-goal season was one of the few bright 9

October 2, 2018 9:05 PM Why the Leafs could win the Stanley Cup ... and why it could all just be hype

He’s the one player who has the power to push the Leafs beyond their first-round playoff exits of the past two seasons. Tavares faces the pressure of high expectations after signing for seven years and $77 million U.S., but his track record suggests he’s primed for the biggest season of his career. The match seems right. The Mississauga-born Tavares 9

October 2, 2018 8:19 PM Ten games every Maple Leafs fan should circle on their calendar

Oct. 13 at Capitals: First meeting of the season between the Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals. One of those measuring-stick games that also happens to boast the always-exciting Alex Ovechkin. Oct. 18 vs. Penguins: Pittsburgh’s still-potent offence, led by Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, takes on Toronto’s highly 10