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.
February 14 2012 06:11PM
February 08 2012 12:14PM
The stretch drive has begun in the NHL, and in the Eastern Conference, the standings seem to shift every night as there are five teams with a legitimate shot at bumping each other around at the bottom of the Conference's Top 8. Every couple of weeks, we'll take a look at team's predictive stats: the rate they need to achieve points to hit the current playoffs entry point of 93 points, as well as their goal differential, PDO and Fenwick Tied, measures that help us predict whether a team has earned their spot in the standings.
February 01 2012 02:02PM
It's almost too easy that a Star article that needs perspective brings up a guy called "Fisk".
The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped an absolute heartbreaker in Pittsburgh last night. I'm not too interested in re-hashing it, and despite Toronto blowing a 4-1 third period lead, they managed a point out of a road game against one of the best teams in the East, and are still well in the playoff race.