October 24 2013 11:04AM
So, three tidbits from practice on Wednesday. The obvious start is Joffrey Lupul, who blocked a Paul Ranger shot and is going for X-rays. we may have an update a little later in the day, or tomorrow.
The timing is bad, obviously, since the rest of the Leafs are getting healthy or coming off suspension. We've all been waiting to see the Lupul and Nazem Kadri duo play with David Clarkson on the other wing, and it could be another couple of games before we see that. Some terrible injury luck early on this season in Toronto.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 23 2013 08:01PM
As we all know, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a chip to their high-flying armour against the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday night. While a win against Anaheim put them in the right direction, there's still something to be said about a little organizational revenge. Tonight was an opportunity for that, as the Rockford IceHogs came into town to take on the Toronto Marlies in an AHL version of the matchup. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't cease it. Despite an early 2-0 lead, Rockford scored three straight to take the two points.
October 23 2013 07:09PM
So there have been some misconceptions lately about shot quality, I figure, or what the "Corsi" statistic is meant to capture. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the absolute centre of the "quality or quantity" debate for shots and it's become quite a story surrounding the Leafs. Every game the Leafs play, whether they win or lose, seems to be a victory for Team Regression or Team Traditionalism.
On Tuesday, a Toronto Star reporter echoed and endorsed the belief of Twitter user @erndog44: "advanced stats guys say Raymond's bad angle shot in 1st period is equivalent to that shot Kessel just sniped". Chris Boyle has taken to Sportsnet introducing his "shot quality project," and while I'm interested to see the results, I don't think that there's a way to quantify the value of every individual shot taken in the last six years that properly explains whether there are teams that can affect shot quality enough to win games.
October 23 2013 10:32AM
Phil Kessel & JVR look mighty good together! I'm pretty sure the Leafs' strategy is a Vine video.
October 22 2013 08:35PM
It's taken Phil Kessel a little bit to get going this season. He's been the same guy. He's taken four shots per game, is by far the most active Maple Leaf in the neutral zone and, despite just two goals on the year coming in Tuesday's game, had eight points. Six assists, and his 2.01 points per 60 minutes were behind just James van Riemsdyk on the Leafs.
The goals weren't there. The shots were, and when shots happen, it means goals will come. Kessel wasn't going to shoot 5.6% for the whole season. Sometimes it takes a little bit of luck to get going, sometimes it takes an insane, blind, whiplike pass from your linemate. Kessel scored a hat-trick in the Leafs 4-2 win Tuesday over Anaheim, and the Leafs came back from an early 2-0 deficit.