PREVIEW - GAME 15 - SENS VISIT TORONTO

Steve Dangle
February 16 2013 02:53PM

                                            

Ah, Patrick Lalime. Hey, remember the playoffs? Good times.

The Sens ownership doesn't want Leafs fans going to games in Ottawa. Luckily for Sens fans, the Leafs' owners enjoy selling tickets. Just gotta work on that whole "making the playoffs" thing. Technicalities...

Here's what you need to know for tonight's Sens vs. Leafs game.

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LFR6 - Game 14 - Rocky in Raleigh

Steve Dangle
February 15 2013 12:24PM

One of the Leafs' worst performances so far. Some questions, and believe it or not, some positives. 

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There's Semin everywhere! Recap of Leafs' 3-1 loss to Hurricanes

Cam Charron
February 14 2013 09:14PM


Photo: Gregg Forwerck via NHLInteractive

The Toronto Maple Leafs certainly didn't play like a plus-possession team tonight.

Nor did they play like a team belonging in the National Hockey League. Up against a team short two top-four defencemen in Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen, the Leafs failed to generate any sort of significant play in the offensive zone against a backup goaltender. They let both of the Carolina Hurricanes' top lines walk all over them, and the Leafs' two best defensive centres were a combined minus-8 in scoring chance differential.

Not one you'd totally want to relive. Carolina won its third straight and broke Toronto's four-game winning streak with a 3-1 win. But let's just say you did want to relive, and at least know which Leafs players to cuss out at during tomorrow's call-in shows?

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Preview: Game #14 Leafs @ Hurricanes - Drawing penalties

Cam Charron
February 14 2013 11:06AM

Just because it's an obscure stat category…

  Penalties Drawn
Dustin Brown 11
Evander Kane 8
David Perron 8
Claude Giroux 8
8 Others Tied at 7

The eight tied for fifth place on this list with seven drawn penalties? Carl Hagelin, Erik Karlsson, John Tavares, Alex Ovechkin, Patrice Bergeron, Evgeni Malkin, Jeff Skinner and Nazem Kadri.

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Matt Frattin out for a week; is team's best shooter

Cam Charron
February 13 2013 11:53AM

News struck today that Matt Frattin is out at least a week with an MCL issue. That's not a typo, where we've accidentally placed Frattin's name in place of James Reimer's; Frattin, who has been a pleasant surprise on the third line. Somebody made the joke that seeing the Leafs' at the top of the standings made them weak-kneed, 

(No takers on the bet I was willing to make on this post. I'm still open to making it.)

He's second on the team with seven goals, behind just James van Riemsdyk. While nobody should expect his pace to continue, since Frattin is shooting the puck in the net at an absurd 38.9% rate. The highest rate in Leafs history (minimum 40 games and 100 shots) is 22.6% set by Gary Roberts in 2004. Shooting rates don't that just don't last, and, from looking at the years in the link above, gee there was some bad goaltending in the 1980s.

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