October 07 2013 01:18PM
There are a few reasons we can say the Toronto Maple Leafs started 3-0. It's not all because they're a group of 20 players collectively sticking the middle finger to math. While the Leafs are getting out-played at 5-on-5, they've been making up for it in other areas and unlike last season, a fast start can't be credited only to the team's shooting and save percentages.
Since there's little else to talk about in the way of games, new line combinations or trades, I figured today may be a good time to go through a few of them.
October 07 2013 11:53AM
The Leafs Prospect Update is a weekly feature that will run the duration of the season, checking in on the organization's prospects, their successes, and their struggles. We'll do our best to offer a wide variety of insight and analysis on all Leafs prospects around the world, and not spend the entire article gushing over Fabrice Herzog. Moving on...
October 07 2013 01:19AM
Why yes, that is the Big Pimpin' music video. Why? Listen to the show to find out!!!
Steve and Adam swoon over the 3-0 Leafs, rant about broadcasting pet peeves, and Judas calls in from Miami.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 06 2013 05:34PM
Watching today's game, I'm brought back to 2011/12. The Toronto Marlies opened thier season with one of the most repetative Octobers that professional hockey has ever seen. Most apparent? Five games against the Lake Erie Monsters. In a month. It formed enough hate that now-Avs grinder Patrick Bordeleau decided that his anger was best placed on Matt Lashoff's knees. Thankfully for the sake of the fans, teams, and body parts, the two teams don't see each other again for another month.
Today featured both teams in a bit of a tired state. Lineups stayed similar to to previous games for both teams, and each was on a consecutive night. Toronto of course won their home opener in the same building yesterday; Lake Erie came in for their third straight game after playing a pair against the Abbotsford Heat in Cleveland on Friday and Saturday. Both teams even ran with yesterday's goaltenders, so it became a battle of skill rather than energy. The end result? The Marlies improved to 2-0-0 with a 5-1 win.
October 06 2013 11:42AM
Couple of points of interest...
Per David Alter, the Toronto Maple Leafs have sent Spencer Abbott and Jamie Devane back down to the Marlies so that the two can play in today's game against Lake Erie.
The move is notable because it settles a question I've had about the collective agreement. With Nik Kulemin going onto the injured reserve, Carter Ashton became the only Maple Leafs healthy scratch, putting the Leafs at 21 active players, plus the suspended David Clarkson.