Marlies Bulldogs Recap

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 26 2013 01:47PM

The Air Canada Centre may be home to the Toronto  Maple Leafs, but they don't exactly have exclusivity. The building was originally designed for the Raptors, the Rock remind us all that Lacrosse is a thing that exists, and tons of music acts make a temporary home out of the building throughout the year. Heck, I was here three days ago and there was a mountain near the hash marks! Today, the Toronto Marlies took their turn running the rink, taking on the Hamilton Bulldogs in front of a five digit crowd for the third straight year. Despite being heavily outshot, the Marlies dragged this one into overtime, but ultimately fell 2-1.

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REVIEW: 24/7, Part 1

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 15 2013 08:19PM

When the NHL first announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs would face the Detroit Red Wings in the (then 2013) Winter Classic, I was incredibly excited. Not because it was an outdoor game, not because I in any way liked the idea of the Leafs having to play more games than usual against the Red Wings, and not even because it'll be the highest attended NHL game ever. Okay, that last bit is pretty cool. But no, my main excitement came from the two teams being on HBO 24/7, giving an uncensored, behind the scenes look at the two respective teams.

It may be a little early to write off all four episodes, but so far, I'm not a fan of what I'm seeing. With that said, here's a full rundown: 

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Marlies Cap Off Weekend With Win

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 15 2013 04:09PM

There's something about the St. Johns IceCaps and not letting go. A large chunk of their core has stayed with the team for all three seasons that they've been in the league, their ownership group (True North Sports & Entertainment) still actively sells merchandise of their previous incarnation (the Manitoba Moose). And somehow, the Toronto Marlies having moved from St. Johns nearly a decade ago is considered the grounds for a rivalry, despite the two teams (and their parent clubs) being in different conferences. 

But hey, at least the season series this year is four games instead of eight. Plus, both teams are at the same skill level, so they're at least entertaining. Today's incarnation saw the Marlies win 3-2, taking both home games against the Winnipeg Jets affiliate. 

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Leafs Postgame - A Surprising Dagger

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 15 2013 09:18AM

Many people who aren't from here have a tendency to describe Toronto as "Hell on Earth". This is mostly out of jealously, but with last night considered, they may have a point. I mean, the city freezes over and both the Leafs and the Raptors dominate their high-flying opponents from Chicago? Even I'm a little skeptical...

Last night was arguably the best Leafs game of the season, and while getting those results against a powerhouse is a bit unexpected, there was nothing flukey about how they got this win. 

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How Bad Is The Bleeding?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 11 2013 11:02AM

 

Dion Phaneuf's two game suspension has only added gasoline to a raging fire. That fire, of course, is the debate over just how bad the Leafs shot woes are. As we've all heard about a thousand times, Toronto is close to taking the fewest shots per game in the league, give up the most by a good chunk, and have one of the worst differentials in recorded NHL history. Some will yell "shot quality" and dismiss this as no big deal. Some will pull out a heap of advanced stastics and show that there is no good precedent for results like these. 

I'm going to keep this short and sweet, and we won't get fancy with our stats. This is how bad the Leafs are at allowing shots.

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