January 22 2011 08:16PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20715
January 21 2011 08:54AM
I should just use this picture to head every single one of my posts from now on, it says more than words ever could. Actually, it should head everyone else's posts too and I think it should be the banner pic for this site. Anyway, the Grabovski-Kulemin-MacArthur unit were especially outstanding last night, one of their best games of the season.
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20697
January 20 2011 02:42PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20693
As is often the case with these blowout games, the final scoring chance tally is a lot closer than the result on the scoreboard. This doesn't mean that the Leafs didn't put out an uninspired effort, but I think it was partly a case of a porous defence giving up some quality chances, and moreso a goalie who was way off his game. Although the Leafs defence can make life difficult for their goalies, it is my opinion that Gustavsson can make things just as hard for his D (and I'd posted on twitter several days ago that when Gustavsson is is net, the Leafs have been outchanced handily at even strength on the year... but with Giguere or Reimer in net, they come out ahead of their opposition). See the first Gaborik goal where "the Monster" flopped all over the place instead of just squaring up to the shooter. Sure that goal came following a Beauchemin up-the-middle giveaway, but Gustavsson needs to be lot more poised, like Giguere and Reimer.
January 20 2011 11:34AM
I'm not a gambler. I've been to Vegas, but never sat down at a table or put a dime into a slot machine. I watch a lot of sports, but have never placed a bet on a game ever. Just not something I'm interested in doing. Now that doesn't mean that I don't understand sports betting. Spreads, handicaps, over/unders I understand the in and outs of making a buck on sports. So imagine the surprised look on my face when I heard that the Maple Leafs were the favorite in tonight's matchup with the 5th place Anaheim Ducks. How is that even possible? Have the Vegas oddsmakers lost their mind? Yes, yes they have and here's why in handy dandy list form.
1) Anaheim is 8-2-0 over their last 10 games and have won 2 in a row.
2) The trio of Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan. Perry is on pace for a 90 point season. Getzlaf and Ryan for 70. They're pretty good.
3) Calder Trophy winner Teemu Selanne. He's ageless and over a PPG pace at the age of 40. Oh yeah he's pretty nasty on the power play as well.
4) Speaking of the Ducks' powerplay, the Leafs penalty kill is 26th in the league with a dismal 77.5 success rate.
5) Former Duck J.S. Giguere is starting in net for the Leafs. His season has been atrocious with him posting a .898 save %. Also, I'm pretty sure his old team of 9 seasons knows exactly where to shoot on him.
Follow me after the jump for reasons 6 thru 10.
January 20 2011 09:34AM
What a stink bomb! Last night’s game at Madison Square Garden was, by far, the Leafs’ worst effort of the season. I honestly think that if the Rangers had truly wanted to score a dozen goals, they could have. Since my head-scratching finger is exhausted, I am going to refrain from trying to figure out why the Leafs would perform this way. But I do know blowouts can have two kinds of effects on teams. They can fracture or they can galvanize.