January 09 2016 08:18PM
In the pregame post earlier today, I complained that every time I count the Toronto Maple Leafs out, they seem to pull out a win. So, I called it the other way. I predicted the Leafs would handily beat the San Jose Sharks by a score of 5-1, and that Tyler Bozak would score two goals.
Never. Ever. Listen to me.
The Sharks made quick work of the Leafs tonight, taking advantage of a completely brain-dead Toronto team that could neither score a goal or prevent one from being scored on them. San Jose gets the 7-0 shutout win, and I feel great embarrassment and will never write another pregame post again.
January 09 2016 07:10PM
We've finally got an update on William Nylander's status following a blindside hit-to-the-head that knocked him out of the World Juniors Championships, and unfortunately, it's not great.
According to Damien Cox on Saturday Headlines, Nylander's concussion symptoms prevented him from flying back to Toronto from Helsinki until this past Wednesday. Now that he's back and under the Leafs medical staff's care, he'll begin his return-to-play concussion protocol.
January 09 2016 01:33PM
The last time these two teams met just a few weeks back, Garret Sparks got the start and immediately got injured. Jonathan Bernier would come on in relief and give up five goals in a 5-4 OT loss to the Sharks. Tonight, Bernier will get an opportunity to exact some revenge. Not only for the loss, but for the loss of his goaltending comrade.
We miss you, Garret. <3
January 03 2016 09:23AM
According to the IIHF official website, William Nylander's WJC tournament is over.
Nylander was the victim of a blindside hit to the head by Switzerland's Chris Egli in Sweden's first game of the preliminary round and hasn't touched the ice since. Nobody has confirmed that it's a concussion issue, but one can assume since it almost always is with these kinds of hits.
According to the IIHF report, Nylander will be leaving the tournament immediately and returning to Toronto, not long after Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello arrived in Helsinki to meet with Team Sweden officials and discuss Nylander. You have to imagine that Lou simply went to shut down any notion that Nylander could return later in the tournament.
January 02 2016 02:01PM
Maybe this is the 2016 World Juniors Championships talking, but Toronto needs to stop winning against NHL teams that are better than them. I mean, the 3-2 shootout victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night not only pushed the Leafs higher up the league standings but they also sincerely need Pittsburgh to make the playoffs this year. Remember - Toronto doesn't get that Pittsburgh first round pick from the Phil Kessel deal this year if the Pens miss out.
Tonight, Toronto hosts the fourth-place St. Louis Blues; a team they've already beaten once this season. And Toronto needs to lose, damn it. I mean, did you see Patrik Laine this morning?