March 13 2012 08:27PM
A brutal effort all around for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who didn't muster any first period offense and were absolutely brutal on special teams leading to a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers that is pretty well the final nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. I'm sure at this point in the season, the process means little to Leafs fans, but you might be interested to see how they're doing as we head into the summer...
For full scoring chance numbers, including individual chances taken and created as well as the Statistical Three Stars, click past the jump.
March 06 2012 07:57PM
A wild first half the game with suspect goaltending on both sides saw quite the open game before Tim Thomas turned it on in the third period helping the Boston Bruins withstand a Toronto onslaught of scoring chances. Despite a goal from the newly-signed Mikhail Grabovski and a late powerplay, the Leafs dropped a heartbreaking one at home, again giving up a big chunk of goals to the Bruins.
Welcome to the advanced box score—we will provide scoring chance details, who took or set up chances for either team, as well as the Statistical Three Stars and its companion, the Statistical Three Goats, which is based on a player's actual performance during a game and not necessarily the results.
March 05 2012 04:55PM
Any time that I get to link to an AC/DC song that hasn't been royally corrupted by my 16-year old sister singing AC/DC's Rock Band track pack, you have to take it. I suppose the other reason for writing this post is that I've been very critical of the play of one Joffrey Lupul this season. I believe that much of his success is hollow and pushed by the play of Phillip Kessel Jr., a superior player in all three zones.
In an attempt to prove anything here, I ditched the fancy numbers and looked back through video of each of the even strength, non empty-net goals scored by both Lupul (13) and Kessel (22) this season.
March 03 2012 07:59PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs played in front of Randy Carlyle for the first time tonight, playing an excellent game defensively and finally breaking down Carey Price in the third period after heavily out-chancing Montreal after they took the 1-0 goal. Mikhail Grabovski came into his own in the second half of the game with three taken chances and scored twice.
The re-tooled second line actually looked excellent. Matt Frattin scored the other Leafs' goal, and Montreal's only response was the Max Pacioretty line. Click past the jump for totals:
March 03 2012 02:25PM
My main critique with Ron Wilson in the past was his player deployment. I believe that the more successful organizations will find a way to get better usage out of their offensive players by starting them in the offensive zone and their defensive players by starting them in the defensive zone.
But as late as December in the season, this was a reversed trend for Wilson. He started his better defensively second-line in the offensive zone more than he did with the defensively suspect first unit. Mikhail Grabovski, probably the best two-way player employed by the Toronto Maple Leafs, "leads" all forwards with percentage of shifts started in the offensive zone.