October 15 2014 06:52AM
As Leafs fans we often like to fantasize that this team is one or two trades away from being ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. As a seven year old I carried a notebook and a hockey almanac around and would develop what I deemed as fair trades for the Leafs to make in order to ready to win the Stanley Cup. Most of my ideas were multiplayer deals involving Ed Olczyk and Vincent Damphousse going to the Penguins for Mario Lemieux or to the Bruins for Ray Bourque, but I’m still confident that seven year old was still more grounded in reality than your average HFBoards commenter.
October 14 2014 09:01PM
On paper, the Avalanche looked like a perfect opponent for the Leafs to play to encourage some positive habits and get another win under their belt. Why? Possession. The Avs, like the Leafs, aren’t a possession powerhouse. With some luck, it looked like the Leafs could work and succeed at a bunch of the things they wanted to incorporate this season.
October 14 2014 11:50AM
So the Leafs opened the season with a solid effort against the Habs, a brutal loss against the Penguins, and an absolutely dominant win against the Rangers. Leafs Nation has had its ups and downs so far as a result, but people have stepped away from the big red button that says “PRESS WHEN THE END IS NIGH” and are a bit more cautiously optimistic.
Tonight, the Avalanche are in town. Their first two games of the season (both against Minnesota) were pretty bad (the first one especially), but they pushed out a last second victory against the Bruins last night. Like the Leafs, the Avs are a bad possession/high shooting % team. Unlike the Leafs, the Avalanche don’t seem concerned in trying to fix that (although they’ve improved their possession a bit in the last two games).
Both teams are fast and can score a lot. This should be a fun one.
October 14 2014 11:23AM
On this episode, the guys talk blowouts, shiny teeth, and new producer Jesse!
October 14 2014 09:06AM
During this past week we took a trip down to LA to watch the Kings open up their 2014-15 season by raising the Stanley Cup, have a chat with our new cousins at The Royal Half and have a chat with Violent Gentlemen. This article is about their cool company and how they have helped me greatly with the Nation Network.
You have been forewarned in advance. Anyone looking for Corsi/Fenwick6 calculations should skip this piece.