January 14 2014 11:33AM
Leafs fans celebrating on Yonge St. after the team's last regulation win on the road
Back to the grind…
We're in that time of year where we have to predict records for what the Leafs need to finish with to make the playoffs. I had 18-14-4 before Sunday's game but I guess now it would be 17-14-4, but probably closer to 18-14-2 because I don't like the Leafs' chances of making the playoffs without getting a few more regulation or overtime wins here or there. Remember, that's the first tiebreaker after games played and I'm not sure how feasible it is that Toronto can pass any team in ROW between now and the end of the year. They're tied with Washington, but five back of Detroit, and five is an awfully big number at this level.
But more importantly, just win in regulation more so we can stop talking about it. The Leafs are 12-20 in regulation after beginning the year not just 6-1 overall, but 8-4 in regulation. That means they're 4-16 in games decided after 60 minutes since the start of November. Ugh, be better so we don't have to talk about how bad you are. Team is in Boston tonight, EXACTLY what the doctor ordered.
January 13 2014 10:57AM
The Leafs snag two points in the standings and I get sentimental about Jaromir Jagr.
January 13 2014 09:17AM
Toronto Maple Leafs fans appear to have hit a tipping point, and the vitriol and social media over the past few games has gotten extreme.
It's not difficult to see why - after a hot start, the Leafs have been the worst team in the NHL, full stop, since the beginning of November. Just five regulation wins and 29 points in the past 34 games, and now the Leafs find themselves barely hanging on to ninth in the Eastern Conference.
The playoffs seemed a foregone conclusion early, and those who supported the team's offseason moves appeared vindicated. The season certainly isn't lost with 36 games still to play, but the playoffs now seem like an "if things break right" proposition.
What follows is a look at some of the Twitter criticism of two key players, Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle, and will at times contain offensive language (from respondents, not myself).
(Note: This was written before Sunday's game but has been slightly edited since. Despite a win that saw New Jersey lose more than Toronto win [their shootout record, woof], I think many of the feelings will remain the same.)
January 12 2014 09:02PM
Yes, that's right, the Leafs won! It happened, I watched it.
January 12 2014 07:04PM
On this episode, the guys avoid a mental breakdown, and instead, talk about the Winnipeg Jets, drafting, and Dave Bolland.