Friday, November 27

NHL Playoffs

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Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets will meet in Game 2 of the qualifying round – The Canadian News

The Columbus Blue Jackets played their signature defensive game in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Top Five qualifying series on Sunday night. Now it's up to eighth seed Maple Leafs to do their thing Tuesday in Game 2 against ninth seed Blue Jackets in Toronto. The Blue Jackets play with a structured defense, while the Maple Leafs' game is to score goals. "Obviously, they did what they do best and what we were prepared for," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said of the 2-0 loss Sunday. “We knew it was going to be difficult. Now we go out on the ice and feel it. ... I thought we had some chance of getting more than what we got on the scoreboard, but it didn't sit well with us, it fell to them. " Closing in on the Maple Leafs on Sunday, the Blue Jackets also had a 35-28 lead...
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Leafs open door for Jackets, Hub games

Back in March when everyone in town said they didn’t care how the Maple Leafs got in the playoffs or who they met, a start date of Aug. 2 against Columbus didn’t leap to mind.But the best-of-five series — all to be played at an empty Scotiabank Arena — is just part of the COVID-19 concessions that players and owners OK’d Friday night. The entire 24-team tournament, 12 teams in the Toronto and Edmonton hubs, has the go-ahead. Leafs – Jackets is one of eight qualifying rounds in the Eastern and Western conferences, while the top four clubs in each who were ahead when play halted March 12 get a bye to stage a round robin event for first round seeding.The first three games in the Toronto – Columbus series will be every other day, with Game 3 and if necessary Game 4 back-to-back, havi...