October 27 2016 08:31AM
There aren't nearly as many statistics available to evaluate goalies as there are to evaluate forwards and defencemen. That's true whether you're talking about the standard boxcar stats that newspapers and NHL.com have reported for years, or whether you're referring to the newer breed of numbers often called "analytics" or "advanced stats". But I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that there are a few more ways to look at goalies than there were a few years ago. A couple of weeks ago I talked about dividing saves into "danger zones" based on their distance from the net. This time I'm going to take a look at Quality Starts.
October 26 2016 01:00PM
I'm might be out of line here but I'm gonna say the Leafs allow far too many goals.
October 26 2016 11:25AM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS
Late in the third period of last night's game, Frederik Andersen made a routine pad save. The crowd gave him a sarcastic "Bronx Cheer." A person behind me yells "I can't believe they're paying $5 million for this", and another calls him the worst investment since Vesa Toskala.
I turn around, as I've been talking back and forth between the group throughout the game, and note that I'm not ready to write the guy off after six games, given his history. The one who made the latter statement agreed, but stressed that, since he's paying good money for these seats, he's going to vent some in-the-moment frustration in the meantime.
Hard to argue with that logic, really. If I didn't get the tickets as a gift, I probably wouldn't have been thrilled at the idea of paying lower bowl prices to watch the Leafs put some of their weaker shots of the year towards the net in hopes of getting a lucky bounce or two to stop the goal bleeding on the other end. It was undoubtedly Andersen's roughest night on the job since coming here, and the whole ordeal got me to thinking: the Leafs should probably pull him away from the pipes for a little bit.
October 25 2016 08:48PM
Good news! The Leafs absolutely, 100 percent, did not blow a lead tonight. If I told you that at the start of the game you might be thrilled based on how the start of the season has gone, but alas what they did was much worse. Instead, Toronto decided to spare their fans any heartache by not taking the lead at all and get blown out of the water early instead. The Lightning took a 3-0 lead after one period and never looked back after that, beating Toronto 7-3 on Tuesday night.
October 25 2016 07:06PM
On this episode, Steve is convinced the Leafs are up to something, Adam describes Steve's Leafs-related trauma, Shannon Szabados talk, and Steve ruins the show because it's short.