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TORONTO – Its been more than a decade since the Leafs last held an elite home record. “That was one of the goals we wanted to create is when teams come into this building theres no more of this two points, kiss your relatives and go home,” said Randy Carlyle following a fifth straight victory at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. “Its enough of that.” The win, also the seventh in the past eight games at home, improved the Leafs record in Toronto to an impressive 8-2-0, right there amongst the very best in the Eastern Conference. Success of that kind has generally eluded the club in recent years. Since holding the top home mark in the conference in 2001-2002, the Leafs have become a mediocre bunch on home ice. Last season, Carlyles first full campaign behind the bench, they finished with the eighth best record in the conference, their best finish since the 05-06 season when they held the sixth best mark. Home ice has rarely resembled a place of refuge for the Leafs in the past decade or so. Season Home Record Conference Rank 2013-2014 8-2-0 3rd 2013 13-9-2 8th 2011-2012 18-16-7 13th 2010-2011 18-15-8 11th 2009-2010 18-12-8 14th 2008-2009 16-16-9 12th 2007-2008 18-17-6 13th 2006-2007 21-15-5 10th 2005-2006 26-12-3 6th 2003-2004 22-14-3-2 7th 2002-2003 24-13-4-0 5th 2001-2002 24-11-6-0 1st In winning eight of their first 10 at home, the Leafs have benefited from a potent offensive attack; outscoring opponents 35-23, including 18-7 during the most recent five-game win streak. Theyve generated more than a goal per game more at the ACC than on the road – 3.5 per game vs. 2.27 – helped considerably in that regard by the leagues no. 1 ranked home power-play (32.4%). The strongest foundation of the club so far, terrific goaltending from both James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier – combined .933 save percentage – has shown up both at home and on the road. Never a bad thing to start with the lead, the Leafs have also scored first in seven of those first 10 home games. “I dont think you can be a successful hockey club without having a strong home record,” said Carlyle, his team hosting the Predators on Thursday night. “That brings that respect back to your community and your fan base.” The Leafs dip on home ice post-lockout (03-04) was unquestionably tied to the clubs general struggles, the quality of those teams a major part of the equation. But as Carlyle wryly noted (Ron Wilson previously opined with a similar belief), there is a sense that opposing teams, stocked with talent from the GTA, visit Toronto with extra motivation, the influx of family and friends on hand for the occasion inflaming that drive. Unlikely to help matters either is the tepid intensity of the local crowd. Among the tamer environments league-wide – save for the playoffs last May – the ACC generally does not provide much in the way of fan-engineered enthusiasm – again, lacking team success certainly factors in once more. The playoffs last May were a rare exception. “Typically its a quiet building,” said Joffrey Lupul, who has five goals and nine points at home this season. “And then to hear it change like that in the playoffs was pretty cool for us. It gives you that added motivation to play well at home and hopefully we can try and get the building back somewhere like that.” Looking around at some of the more raucous environments around the league, sensing the energy they provide to their respective teams, Lupul cant help but desire something similar for Toronto. “Chicago, Philly, Pittsburgh, New York, Montreal, Calgary,” said the 30-year-old with a laugh, listing those buildings whose atmosphere hed like to replicate at the ACC, “pretty much anywhere, Ottawa.” “Saturday night, its usually a pretty good atmosphere in the building, fans are there, but for the most part we say a lot of times create your own energy in the building. Thats just the way it is. Its mostly a corporate crowd I believe.” Given the clubs early trend of lackluster starts, its been a process to create that energy. The Leafs have often stuttered out of the gate at home (and on the road) before finding a proper track to two points (13-7-1 overall). In one of their better victories of the year on Oct. 22, they mustered a season-low two shots in the opening 20 minutes against Jonas Hiller and the Ducks before emerging with some of their finest hockey over the final two periods in a 4-2 win. “You want to get the fans involved in the game and the way to do that is not to be stuck in your own end for 10 minutes in the first period,” Lupul said with a chuckle or two, “and then you get them in the game, but its because theyre booing.” “We want to start well at home and try and get the fans in the game because whether people believe it or not you feed off the energy of the crowd a lot at home. I think we did it a lot last season at the end and in the playoffs and again, hopefully we can get it back to that level.” Part of Carlyles mandate when he replaced Ron Wilson in March 2012 was to re-establish home ice as a haven for success. The Leafs coach pointed right to wins and losses when asked what aspect of the culture he wanted to change – “Well our record for sure”. “We have to have success in our building,” he said. “Its imperative. Simple as that. If youre going to be a hockey club that is going to qualify [for the playoffs] and give yourself a chance you have to have a home record that you can be proud of.” Nick Chubb Jersey . Instead, Nonis and Kessel were sorting through the fallout of a wild melee with the Buffalo Sabres, one that saw Kessel suspended for the duration of the pre-season. Chad Thomas Jersey . In the days leading up to the draft, TSN.ca and TSN Radio basketball analyst Duane Watson looks at some of the names that will be headlining the event. Tonight, Michigans Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ontario. http://www.cheapbrownsjerseyschina.com/ ... rd-jersey/. That little deal worked out in a big way for the Mavericks. 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Head coach Benoit Groulx has alternated his goalies since the start of the tournament, and that trend continues into the quarter-finals. Fucale earned victtories against Slovakia and Finland while stopping a total 39-of-40 shots. His counterpart, Comrie, allowed three goals on 28 shots to the Americans afer a 17-save shutout against Germany.Not much history: The Danes and Canadians have only met twice in the top tier of the world juniors. Canada won 4-1 in 2007-08, and 10-2 in 2011-12. The Danes finished in last place and were relegated on both occasions.Power play: The Canadians are firing on all cylinders with the man advantage.dddddddddddd. Groulxs men are a tournament-best 6-for-12 with the extra attacker. The Danes are a respectable 84 per cent on the penalty kill (good for fifth place in the tournament), but staying out of penalty trouble will be crucial for them.Shutdown defence: Blue-liners Darnell Nurse and Shea Theodore successfully shut down all top lines in Canadas preliminary play. Most notably, Nurse and Theodore limited the Americans first-liners to just one point last game. Expect the defensive pair to be as effective against Denmark.Danish revelation: Denmark is led by Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand. The 19-year-old has four goals and an assist through four games. Bjorkstrand scored twice in regulation time and once more in the shootout to give Denmark a 4-3 win over Switzerland this week — the first ever world junior victory for the country. 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