Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 09 2013 10:12AM
Do you like the Toronto Maple Leafs? Do you like hanging out with people? Do you like free food? If you answered no to all three of these questions, you're either being a jerk, or the rest of this post isn't for you.
October 08 2013 08:33PM
There was plenty of talk in the offseason about how the Toronto Maple Leafs' possession statistics weren't sustainable and that the Leafs, constantly being outshot and out-attempted, were due for some regression if they didn't change their style of play.
However, regression doesn't mean "you were lucky before, now you'll be unlucky." Instead, you simply assume things will return to a more normal-ish state of affairs.
On Tuesday, though, the Leafs got a taste of their own medicine, out-attempting Colorado in a game that it felt like they had more control of, only to run into a hot goalie in Semyon Varlamov. The Leafs fell 2-1 to Colorado, seeing their perfect record fall to 3-1-0 while the impressive young Avalanche move to 3-0-0.
October 08 2013 05:42PM
In the continued effort to move the Nation Network into fantasy gaming and continue raising money for charities at the same time our second game - the ol' reliable NationDraft player box game - begins today. For only $20 you should totally sign up here!
October 08 2013 02:17PM
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the most recent No. 1 pick was February 6, 2012. The Maple Leafs won that game 6-3, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went minus-3. The Leafs had won three straight at that point and were 28-19-6, comfortably within striking distance of the playoffs. The only win they'd have in the next 11 games would come, curiously, on the road against the same Edmonton Oilers.
The 2014 Colorado Avalanche have begun their season with two excellent and oddly-watchable games at home against the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators. They changed around their executive in the offseason more than any other team. Short of firing the general manager Greg Sherman, they surrounded him with Joe Sakic brought in as the new Executive VP, promoted Craig Billington to assistant general manager, and hired Patrick Roy as head coach and also as VP of hockey operations. Sherman is all but a speck of dust in the distance, with the Avalanche organization having placed an anvil above his head to be dropped if the team ever loses three straight games.
More importantly, the team is bringing along Nathan MacKinnon, who is pretty good.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 08 2013 11:37AM
The Toronto Marlies started out rather well this weekend, with a pair of wins (4-3 on Saturday, 5-1 on Sunday). Lots of reasons can be given for their success, be it Drew MacIntyre's stellar performances between the pipes, Trevor Smith's early leadership, or the strong penalty kill. But most glowing were a pair of offensive defencemen, who were united on the first powerplay unit (which, despite going 'just' 3 for 16, was littered with shots and scoring chances). John Michael Liles was expected to dominate. T.J. Brennan showed preseason promise. Together, they were the catalysts of a surprisingly potent offense to begin the year.