January 23 2013 10:01AM
Every so often someone approaches the Nations with offers or partnerships because they think we're great and all. A lot of the time this stuff is pretty lame so we don't bother you, our valued readers, with it.
Sometimes something good comes along though (kinda like a trade with the Calgary Flames, for instance). The folks at Draftstreet sent us an email or 10 recently pitching us on an interesting salary cap draft contest that's free to enter. Oh and you can win cash prizes. Free cash is always good, so we want to pass the details along to you.
Anyways, here's the gist:
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Kaleta Stank: The new fragrance of the Buffalo Sabres.
January 22 2013 09:23AM
Photo credit: Abelimages via MapleLeafs.com.
A note or two before getting to our inaugural scoring chances data dump of the 2013 season…
I've been paying not as much attention as intended at the way Randy Carlyle is matching up his lines just yet in the season. I've been pre-occupied with counting scoring chance events, so I haven't been able to jot down in my notebook who is matchup up against who, and where on the ice, at what time in the game.
Luckily, the NHL.com play-by-play sheets have this data. When I was totalling up the scoring chance numbers for the first two games of the season, I noticed something strange. The scoring chances coming against Nik Kulemin didn't all come when he was on that MGK unit with Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur.
January 21 2013 09:04PM
Well… that was some game. Down 2-0 to the Buffalo Sabres late, the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly came all the way back against a red-hot Ryan Miller and a strong Sabres' defensive performance. After Nazem Kadri made it 2-1 with 1:42 to go on a 6-on-4, Joffrey Lupul had a goal waved off after batting in an elevated puck with his glove. Phil Kessel had a wide open backhand that was stopped by Christian Ehrhoff. Way back in the first period, the Leafs had a string of power plays that resulted in a couple of two-man advantages, but Miller stopped them all.
So the Leafs meet the same fate as their division rival Montreal Canadiens and drop their opener at home, although they gave their fans a show, opening up the plan in the third period. Some details below.