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Phil Kessel had two assists in Tuesday's 4-0 win versus Dallas.

He appeared to be a little frustrated when he couldn't cash in on his opportunities, but it's only a matter of time before he breaks out in that regard. Kessel sits fifth in the league with 17 goals and he's sixth overall with 38 points in 35 games.
Dec 24 - 11:45 AM

Nazem Kadri notched a goal and an assist in Toronto's 4-0 blanking of Dallas on Tuesday.

He got the Leafs off to a great start when he scored what would hold up as the game winner just 55 seconds into the opening period. The victory ended Toronto's three-game losing skid. Kadri also sent James van Riemsdyk in for a breakaway goal in the second stanza. After a sluggish start to the year, Kadri has 10 goals and 22 points in 35 games.
Dec 24 - 11:38 AM

James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and added a pair of assists for the Maple Leafs Tuesday as they defeated the Stars by a score of 4-0.

JVR's career season continued on this night as his three points bring his season total to 32 in 35 games. Nazem Kadri picked up a goal and an assist for Toronto in the win while Mike Santorelli and Tyler Bozak also found the back of the net.
Dec 23 - 10:34 PM

Jonathan Bernier was fantastic Tuesday as he stopped all 43 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout win over Dallas.

The win was a welcome change for Bernier and his fantasy owners as the netminder endured a rough stretch by allowing a combined 10 goals in his last two starts, both losses. The shutout is his second of the campaign and the win improves his record to 14-8-3. He currently sports a 2.65 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
Dec 23 - 10:28 PM

With Stephane Robidas returning to the lineup on Tuesday, Korbinian Holzer will take a seat as a healthy scratch.

Holzer has been playing well of late, collecting four helpers in his last five games. Look for him to be a steady replacement should another Leaf get injured, sick, or draw the ire of Coach Carlyle.
Dec 23 - 6:54 PM

Stephane Robidas will return to the lineup Tuesday in Dallas.

He'll lineup with Morgan Rielly on the Leafs' third pairing, and is expected to receive a video tribute to honor his 11 seasons in Dallas. "I spent most of my career here. My life was here," Robidas said. "I even left on really good terms. They were honest and fair with me the whole way and I got nothing but good things to say about the city of Dallas and the organization."
Dec 23 - 6:49 PM

Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes Tuesday against the Stars.

Bernier has allowed ten goals in his previous two starts, including seven to the Flyers. But he had allowed just six goals in his previous four starts to this latest hiccup. Bear in mind he's also had success against the Stars, having allowed two goals or fewer in five of ten career starts.
Dec 23 - 5:24 PM

Joffrey Lupul is slated to start Tuesday's game on the top line.

He will skate alongside Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel if the combinations remain the same from the morning skate. Lupul has eight goals and 14 points in 22 games this year. That will bump James van Riemsdyk to a line with Nazem Kadri.
Dec 23 - 4:26 PM

Leo Komarov (concussion) isn't expected to return until January.

However, it's still unclear when he'll be ready to play after he was blindsided on a hit from behind by Alex Ovechkin on Nov. 29. Komarov has 16 points and 99 credited hits in 23 games this campaign.
Dec 22 - 2:26 PM

There was no mention of an injury to Stephane Robidas after he was scratched Sunday night in Chicago.

There was a report that his shoulder was ailing after Saturday's game, but he appears to be okay and it sounds like he'll be available to return in Tuesday's tilt against his former Dallas teammates.
Source: Toronto Sun
Dec 22 - 11:51 AM

James Reimer stopped 30 of 34 shots in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Chicago.

The loss ends Reimer's personal two-game winning streak. Chicago just outclassed Toronto from start to finish tonight. Reimer's record falls to 6-4-0 with a 3.26 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this season. The 26-year-old has been up and down throughout the year, and he remains a good backup goaltender.
Dec 21 - 9:59 PM

Phil Kessel had four shots on goal in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Chicago.

The four shots tied a team-high in the game. The Blackhawks scored two late first period goals and never looked back. The Leafs have now lost three consecutive games and it won't get any easier from here. This was the first of a seven game road trip for Toronto.
Dec 21 - 9:45 PM

Confirming an earlier report, James Reimer will indeed be between the pipes Sunday in Chicago.

In nine starts and 12 games, Reimer has been beaten 32 times on 353 shots. That's a .909 save percentage and 3.19 GAA. However, he did kick away 45 shots in a win over Chicago in November.
Dec 21 - 6:40 PM

Jake Gardiner is expected to return to the Leafs' lineup Sunday in Chicago.

Gardiner was a healthy scratch Saturday against Philadelphia and is expected to lineup with Morgan Rielly on their third pairing. Coming into the game, the talented Gardiner has 197 career games with 19 goals, 73 points, 209 hits, 236 blocks, and 265 shots on goal. It's hard to question a highly touted 24 year old, but perhaps it's time to recognize that at least the shine from this would-be gem is fading.
Dec 21 - 6:29 PM

Stephane Robidas was seen still in his suit just prior to the Leafs' warm up skate, he will not play Sunday in Chicago.

Robidas injured his left shoulder after falling awkwardly in the second period of Saturday's tilt with Philadelphia. It appears that while he is hurt, he will not miss a significant amount of time.
Dec 21 - 6:21 PM

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