January 25 2013 10:25AM
The onset of the NHL season is a distinct point in the schedule that impacts the AHL, as the outflow of players joining their respective parent clubs altered lineups immensely.
The Marlies lost three of their four top scorers, with the graduation of Nazem Kadri along with Mike Kostka with a spot on the Leafs defense. Keith Aucoin was claimed by the New York Islanders.
With the abrupt changes in the roster, I wanted to update the Marlies non-traditional player points breakdowns before a final sweep at the end of the season. The breakdowns are goals by period, and when those goals were scored, for example, tie games, up one goal, down one goal, etc. as well as on and off ice totals.
Below are updated results up to the weekend ending January 20, 2013.
January 24 2013 08:38PM
A moral victory to anybody who stuck through to the end of that one.
The Toronto Maple Leafs came out swinging in the first period with three goals, got a couple of unlucky ones in the third and went into the third tied 3-3. At that point, many people will blame Ben Scrivens, but the Leafs as a whole were pretty bad. They were eaten alive all game by the top line of the New York Islanders consisting of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo.
In the end, a 3-1 lead for the Leafs turned into a 7-3 defeat, at the hands of the worst period the Leafs have played all year. I have some data below. Figure out who to point fingers at. (This guy)
January 24 2013 04:05PM
Complementary to Cam's wonderful game preview from earlier (that you better read or you smell), here's some essentials for tonight's game.
January 24 2013 02:17PM
JVR nets his first pair as a Leafs, Colton Orr basically dents Deryk Engelland's face, and Lupul is out for six weeks.
January 24 2013 07:35AM
I don't find the New York Islanders a particularly interesting organization to follow, so some of this preview will be dedicated to posting some data from last night's excellent hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Most of this will be an attempt to comment on how much I've enjoyed the way Randy Carlyle has used his bench so far in the season.
I wrote in my preview that unless Carlyle was sheltering the piss out of Nazem Kadri, his line would get steamrollered by the offensive starts of the Penguins. Not only did Carlyle shelter Kadri and keep him and Leo Komarov off the ice for a single Pittsburgh scoring chance against his line, but he managed to get a good defensive performance out of Mike Komisarek to boot.