December 23 2013 12:09PM
Twas the night before the Christmas break when heard through the din
Some creatures called Leafs fans, all hoping for one more win
The jerseys were hung in the visitors locker room with care
Back home in Toronto, the streets were icy and bare
People snug in their houses, with hot chocolate and Leafs snuggies
Visions of a second regulation win in 18 games, be it pretty or ugly
And the Rangers the opponent, they've been struggling of late too
With 14 games on tonight's schedule, none more important for these two
Should the Leafs win, it will be a second in three for the blue and white
Stay safe and stay warm, Merry Christmas and good night
December 22 2013 10:18PM
THE 24/7 AFTERSHOW IS BACK OMGZ!!!1!!
I'm flying solo on this one (damn ice storm) and I recap Episode 2 of HBO 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs. Swear jars? Naz and Sid? REIMER AND CARLYLE STUFF HEATING UP!!! Here we go.
December 22 2013 05:21PM
If that was a preview of the Winter Classic, I'm staying inside.
December 22 2013 01:24AM
It's been a wild week for James Reimer. First, he called out his team after their performance against Florida, re-iterating that there is no room for excuses. The money line was right at the end of his rant: "All you can focus on is what you yourself can do to get prepared and then be your best, and trust that your teammate across from you is doing the same thing"
Reimer came out and had a great game a couple of days later against Phoenix. His start was an odd one, since typically coach Randy Carlyle has switched goalies after losses. It came out after the game that Jonathan Bernier had been nursing an injury, and Carlyle had let the injury dictate his choice on the goaltender ahead of one of Reimer's better starts of the season.
That's not a reason for #TeamReimer to complain, but you could argue that Carlyle prematurely pulled Reimer against Detroit after a brutal first period from the Maple Leafs that saw the team down 3-1 after the first. Glenn Healy was talking up the look that Reimer and Carlyle shared at the start of the second period, pictured above. Is this… a controversy?
December 21 2013 08:55PM
By listening to Glenn Healy all game, I learned a whole lot about how goaltending works. If your team goes down early thanks to some lousy defensive structures, it's okay to blame the goalie and pull him, because that will spark the team!
All throughout the Hockey Night broadcast of the Toronto and Detroit game, viewers were hit over the head with this bizarre narrative that Randy Carlyle pulling James Reimer after the first period "sparked" the Leafs to a degree. Anybody with a basic understanding of hockey analytics have heard about score effects: a team that is trailing is more likely to generate more shots on net, so despite going into the first break down 3-1, the Leafs weren't out of it, especially against a shallow Detroit team down to its third goalie and dressing three real NHL defencemen.
Toronto came back to make it 4-3, but then gave up the tying goal, generated the better chances in overtime (as they often do when they're allowed to use their speed) but it was all for naught. Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored the goals in the shootout and the Red Wings came away with a 5-4 victory.