Preview: Game #21 Habs @ Leafs - Bite Me

Cam Charron
February 27 2013 04:06PM

Who are these Montreal Canadiens the Leafs are playing tonight? They've played two games so far this season, both at le Centre Bell, and the Leafs decisively won both games, the first 2-1 and the second 6-0. The first game was less close than it appears based on scoring chances data, and Montreal had a very poor showing.

Le Club Hockey has played just seven road games this season and have performed well in them, but haven't necessarily played well. Absent a dominant performance against the Ottawa Senators earlier this week, they were generally on the losing end, puck-possession wise, in road games. Was that just a beast of small samples and is their 2-1 win over the Senators on Monday more indicative of a better, tough, road Habs team? We'll find out tonight…

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Zone matching, and how the Leafs are mis-using Grabovski and Bozak

Cam Charron
February 27 2013 12:11PM

The Vancouver Canucks shutting down Manny Malhotra is a more notable move than a lot of people made it out to be. Malhotra became a whole new kind of defensive centre than the NHL had previously seen, a centreman that took a lot of face-offs in the defensive zone, and nearly exclusively in the defensive zone. 

Malhotra wasn't like the "checking lines" of the past, who would match up against dedicated opponents and prevent a singular line from scoring. What the Canucks started to do in 2011 after signing Manny Malhotra was pretty radical. I mention this on the Leafs Nation blog not because I suggest the Leafs should get involved with the strategy, but because they already are, and they're probably doing it wrong.

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Toronto Marlies Makeshift PDO

Gus Katsaros
February 26 2013 01:45PM

A great disadvantage of doing statistical analysis on leagues outside of the NHL is utter lack of detailed information available to further enhance analysis. Cam, among others – have made this point.

Something as easy as PDO can be tracked to quantify momentum, however, the American Hockey league doesn’t differentiate shots on game sheets on special teams or at even strength.

At least, not publicly, which is a shame. I would assume teams do this on an individual club basis, but that is proprietary and I can understand why any data is kept under lock and key. I won’t let this degenerate into a rant on circumstances beyond my control, instead  I tried to maximize the available data with a little rejigging.

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LFR6 - Game 20 - Naz can pazz

Steve Dangle
February 26 2013 11:31AM

Nazem Kadri putting up points and I'm speaking Russian. This season is way different than last season.

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Leafs Prospect Update: February 26th, 2013

Justin Fisher
February 26 2013 07:30AM

Tony Cameranesi (Photo: WCHA)

Tony Cameranesi had an assist in Minnesota Duluth’s 5-3 loss to cross-campus rivals Minnesota on Friday night, and went pointless in Saturday’s 2-2 tie.

It’s fair to say that Cameranesi is playing through a little bit of a slump. The UMD Bulldogs are mired in a nine-game winless streak, during which Cameranesi has managed only two goals and two assists. Four points in nine games isn’t awful, but it should be noted that prior to this stretch Cameranesi had 22 points in 23 games.

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