December 29 2015 03:44PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs took to the New York Islanders on Sunday night in a 3-1 road victory, but you have to imagine that John Tavares and Co. will be looking for a little revenge when they visit the Air Canada Centre just over an hour from now.
December 29 2015 02:17PM
Screencap via TSN
Whew, that was close.
Down 2-0 and tied 2-2 heading into the third, Canada eked out a less than impressive 3-2 shootout win over a previously 0-2 Switzerland team for their second win at the 2016 World Juniors.
Matt Barzal and Brayden Point scored in the shootout to seal the deal in a surprisingly difficult game for Canada.
December 29 2015 09:25AM
After a tough opening game loss to Cat Silverman and the Americans, Canada bounced back yesterday with an emphatic 6-1 win. Today, the team takes on an 0-2 Swiss team in what shouldn't be a hard game, but this team's been far from able to be complacent and should look to dominate over the course of 60 minutes.
December 29 2015 08:40AM
Martin Marincin has never been described as a standout offensive dynamo — this much is clear.
This season, through 22 games, he's been held off the scoresheet every single time, registering 0 goals and 0 assists. The Leafs aren't exactly swimming in offensive talent, and Marincin put up just 11 points in 85 games over two years as an Edmonton Oiler, but 0 points for any player over 22 games is quite low. Marincin's one of just three players in the league this year to have at least 20 games with a goose egg in the point column.
And yet, somehow, he's been among the Leafs' best defensive players, and arguably one of the top defensive players in the league. He's doing things virtually no one else is doing. No, seriously. At just $700,000 on a one-year deal, Martin Marincin is an absolute statistical anomaly right now.
Let's dive a little deeper to understand Marincin's game, even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
December 28 2015 08:11PM
It's the last mailbag of 2015! We have a few great questions for you, but more than anything else, I'd like to thank you for putting up with me to the point of encouraging me with talking points over the last 52 weeks. Here's to 52 more in 2016!