November 30 2013 03:19PM
Just about everything that can go wrong did go wrong in November, so I guess it's good news that the Maple Leafs finally wrap up November. They're still 14-9-3 (or 14-12 in real life) and can be no lower than the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after tonight. I think that as much as their success last season was overstated, I think that determining the Maple Leafs have already hit their demise at the end of November is premature.
The Leafs end their month, and this three-game road trip, with a game in Montreal tonight against Le Club Hockey. I have no interest in re-hashing the Leafs issues, so today's LGD is just going to be fun.
November 30 2013 02:34PM
How do you hockey?
November 29 2013 09:03PM
The Leafs are just coming up to the tough part of their schedule, but in the last three games they've dropped points to both Columbus and Buffalo, two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League. Is it worth reminding the reader how important these points are going into a stretch where you face San Jose, Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Chicago in the next two weeks?
The ship may have been righted tonight. Even though the Leafs were playing the Sabres, the only team that's been worse at shot differential this season than the Maple Leafs, in the early going it looked like the Leafs system was working as it was supposed to. In a frantic first few minutes, the Leafs took away possession opportunities from the Sabres, and got an early goal off an odd-man rush, and controlled the shot clock for the next period-and-a-half.
But that wasn't enough. The Leafs let the Sabres back into the game, took some penalties, and wound up losing 3-2 in overtime on a Christian Ehrhoff wrist shot.
November 29 2013 03:06PM
November 29 2013 12:46PM
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So what's our gripe this week? Breakouts and penalty kill? Breakout and penalty kill it is.