Leafs Post-Game: Hurricane Carolina

Shawn Reis
December 18 2014 07:47PM

The Leafs dropped the ball tonight and lost 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes, ending their win streak at 6.

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LGD: It's a trap

Ryan Fancey
December 18 2014 11:14AM

If you've been a follower of the Leafs for a while, you understand three simple rules:

  1. A Toronto-born player from a visiting team will always score a goal in front of family and friends at the ACC.
  2. A former Leaf will do the same, no matter where the game is played.
  3. Mid-week games against the Hurricanes are a f**king trap. Also see: Panthers.

No need to dig into the numbers and prove it, this is true and we all know it. At least the Leafs don't have to worry about the first rule tonight, but if you have Jay McClement in fantasy, make sure he's in the lineup. 

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LFR8 - Game 31 - PEW PEW PEW - Ana 2, Tor 6

Steve Dangle
December 17 2014 03:41PM

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Estimating the Leafs PDO

Dom Luszczyszyn
December 17 2014 12:30PM

It's the same story, different year it seems. Night after night, the Leafs get out-shot, out-played, out-possessed, but almost never outscored. The Leafs are currently on a 10-1-1 streak right now playing some very good teams in the process and beating them handily to boot. But they haven't played all that great, they've just been scoring by the boatloads while the goaltenders bail them out.

The truth is, this happens to every team, even bad ones. Buffalo was on a 10-3-0 tear before last night and for a while Calgary seemed destined for the playoffs with an Avalanche-like season. But the smoke and mirrors of PDO-fueled play almost never lasts, and surely any Leafs fan (painfully) knows that by now. 

At the same time, it's obviously a bit curious that this sort of thing happens to the Leafs every single year, like clockwork. The rule of thumb is that all teams' PDO will regress towards 100, but there always exceptions to the rule. 

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Leafs waive Kozun

Ryan Fancey
December 17 2014 12:27PM

It was fun watching Kozun go all-out in training camp and force the Leafs, who had finally done away with facepunching lines, into keeping him aboard. But an early-season ankle injury threw things off the rails and now it looks like there simply isn't room for him in a healthy lineup.

Given the way teams have been acting on the waiver wire this season, many aren't expecting Kozun to get claimed by another club, but he's definitely not a lock to clear either. We'll find out at noon tomorrow if he's off to a new city or headed to the Ricoh.

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