October 28 2014 12:02PM
Tonight Leafs fans join Sabres fans in rooting for a Toronto win. The Sabres with their league worst goal differential (-18) are coming off an upset of the Sharks and the Leafs are doing their best to forget a shelling at the hands of the Chara-less (but still very good) Bruins.
The Leafs have made some significant changes by shuffling their right wingers around. Kessel moves to the Kadri line, Winnik joins Santorelli and Komarov, while Clarkson will be playing with Bozak. If the Leafs could pull Ryan Hollweg out of retirement to play with Bozak and Clarkson that might be the most hated Leafs line of all time, but somehow I remain optimistic about the changes. I think it’s because James van Riemsdyk is a very good hockey player.
October 24 2014 02:27PM
The Leafs are now 7 games into the 2014-15 and since Phil Kessel has been producing above a point per game pace, that means we need to shift the discussion to if the Leafs are getting enough secondary scoring.
The Question posed to the roundtable this week was...
"Should the Leafs shake up their top six? How will the lines look?"
October 22 2014 08:33AM
The top competition; who plays against them? That’s been the
question that materialized after Zetterberg ran over the Leafs on the weekend.
The Leafs did better at controlling John Tavares on Tuesday night. While he did
score, it was on the powerplay and holding him to just 3 shots in the game is
somewhat of a victory.
Alas, if only there was a community of people who follow the Leafs religiously who could connect the dots and determine the best way of handling other teams top players.
October 21 2014 11:22AM
Tonight we have a matchup between two teams who have long been basement dwellers in the league. One of the two teams has been drafting well and was finally ready to make significant moves to push for a playoff spot this season, the other is the Leafs.
We also get our first look at Nikolai Kulemin as the opposition tonight (unfortunately without his loveably crazy BFF), and we can assume he wants to remind Carlyle and Nonis that they shouldn’t have let him go.
October 17 2014 11:43AM
Is there anything more exciting than a two game win streak? Apparently a three game win streak is a possibility. The last time the Leafs had one of these was on March 10th last season. Following that win the Leafs picked up just six points in the next fifteen games. Memories.
Tonight the Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings to kick off a two night home and home series to determine who is the most middle team in the Hotlantic Division. The two game series is also a great chance to reflect on how awful Jonas Gustavsson was (and still is) and how better off the Leafs would be now if they chased Long Term Injury Reserve Aficionado Stephen Weiss in the summer of 2013 instead of David Clarkson.