November 20 2016 09:38AM
The Toronto Furies celebrate their win over Les Canadiennes de Montreal. (Photo credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL)
With Saturday's 2-1 win over Les Canadiennes de Montreal, the Toronto Furies brought Montreal's winning streak to an end (to the surprise of nobody who's seen them play this season). The game also marked the Furies debut for rookie Danielle Gagne.
November 20 2016 09:12AM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS
I promise you, we had no plans on putting out two pieces with Matt Martin as the subject this weekend. But last night was another one of those "shit just went down games", so here we are. If you haven't read Ryan's piece from Friday, it reminds you that Martin has just one point in 17 (now 18 games), and isn't getting burned by puck luck; his on-ice SH% and PDO are both normal. His shot-attempt metrics aren't saving him either; the team gives up fewer shots when he's on the ice, but they take so many fewer that it becomes detrimental.
But those who believe in his style of player will tell you that this doesn't matter because Martin brings an element that can't be quantified in point production or puck possession. He hits, he blocks shots, he's good in the room, he's tough to play against, and he protects his teammates.
I'm not completely adverse to the "intangible" element. Qualities like the above are the icing on the cake of a well-rounded hockey player. But I'm not sure he's delivering as advertised in that regard either.
November 20 2016 08:30AM
When two generational players like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine enter the league after being drafted first and second respectively, the spotlight is going to be zeroed in on the positive and negative aspects of their games. Some people will compare the two to other NHL great's while others will elect to compare the rookies to each other.
The latter is a big mistake to make.
November 19 2016 10:57PM
The Leafs sought revenge for their 2-1 road loss to the Montreal Canadiens on October 29th, and... repeated the very same result tonight. As actually good as they might be, Carey Price is playing pretty actually generational right now and that definitely got in the way of their hopes of keeping the wave of goals flowing.
November 19 2016 05:36PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com
They say there's no place like home, and for the Toronto Marlies, they haven't had a chance to experience home in quite a while. That all changed tonight, though, as Ricoh Coliseum was once again filled up with fans while they took on the St. John's IceCaps. Home ice advantage didn't play out the way they figured it would, though, as the blue and white dropped local points for the first time this year in a 2-1 defeat.