January 28 2015 11:43AM
It's been 19 days since the last Leafs win. It's been 28 days since the last Leafs win against a real team (one that's playoff-bound). It's been 43 days since the last Leafs regulation win against a real team. To put it simply, it's been a tough couple of weeks here in Leaf land.
Carlyle was fired about halfway through the downward spiral, and while the process has been better, the results haven't followed. Tonight's game against an awful Devils team should be a chance to reverse that. Whether that's actually in the Leafs best interest is a different story for a different day.
January 12 2015 07:00AM
The Leafs have played
41 games OK fine, 42 games this season... (this post is a bit late because every TLN staff member is still hungover from Tuesday) which means we're at the midway point of the season. That makes a perfect time to evaluate how the Leafs have performed so far this season.
To do that, we compiled some regular stats and some fancy stats, and then sent it away to the newest member of The Leafs Nation family, Justine Collard (who you can follow on the Twitters at @justinetalk) to make the infographic you see above.
We graded the Leafs in three fairly obvious categories: Offence, Defence, and Goaltending. Using their league rank in various metrics, we gave them a letter grade for each category. Simple enough, right?
January 06 2015 02:06PM
Carlyle's tactics have long been a sticking point for many fans causing a pretty big divide between the compete and calculus crowd, but as the losses piled up the divide became noticeably smaller as even those that shouted "He won a Cup!" from the rooftops couldn't deny that the process just wasn't working.
Yes, this team is still on pace for 95 points, but they certainly aren't playing like one that belongs in the playoffs and their most recent losing skid has only amplified the problems that beget this team. Night after night the Leafs get dominated by literally any team, and night after night there's no explanation.
Mind boggling, right?
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.
December 16 2014 03:35PM
It's the marquee Tuesday match-up that everyone's been waiting patiently for as the Leafs take on their longtime rivals: the Anaheim "no longer mighty" Ducks. The stakes are high tonight as the winner gets to keep their magic beans capable of powering their sky-high PDO's, while the loser's will get nothing except the mumps.
The last time these two played was back on March 10, a game the Leafs won 3-1 to push their record to 35-23-8. A playoff berth was all but certain afterwards I'm assuming (I have a regressive memory disorder that completely blacked out anything that happened from March 16 to April 13, so I'm actually not sure, but I mean 78 points in 66 games? Even the Leafs couldn't blow that, right?)