October 25 2013 01:32PM
We're two weeks into the regular season and at least one thing is clear: the Metropolitan Division is crap, and if that trend continues, the Atlantic Division will send five teams to the post-season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in fifth place in the Metro with a very mediocre 4-5 start to the season. A second thing is clear: they're further from that team that went on the torrid second half run and barely missed out on the postseason than people think.
For one, it would appear that Sergei Bobrovsky is human. The Jackets are on the precipice of being a bottom third puck-possession club this season, with just three regular players at above 50% in Corsi with the score close: Cam Atkinson, Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen.
What I'm really saying is that it's unlikely tonight's Leafs and Blue Jackets game will be the perfect start to the weekend. But maybe it will be because DAVID CLARKSON finally makes his "real" debut as a Toronto Maple Leaf.
October 24 2013 11:12PM
We got another parody accout! This one's got promise!
On this episode, the guys talk about David Clarkson's return, Buffalo's goon situation, and Chris being a swell uncle.
October 24 2013 11:04AM
So, three tidbits from practice on Wednesday. The obvious start is Joffrey Lupul, who blocked a Paul Ranger shot and is going for X-rays. we may have an update a little later in the day, or tomorrow.
The timing is bad, obviously, since the rest of the Leafs are getting healthy or coming off suspension. We've all been waiting to see the Lupul and Nazem Kadri duo play with David Clarkson on the other wing, and it could be another couple of games before we see that. Some terrible injury luck early on this season in Toronto.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 23 2013 08:01PM
As we all know, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a chip to their high-flying armour against the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday night. While a win against Anaheim put them in the right direction, there's still something to be said about a little organizational revenge. Tonight was an opportunity for that, as the Rockford IceHogs came into town to take on the Toronto Marlies in an AHL version of the matchup. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't cease it. Despite an early 2-0 lead, Rockford scored three straight to take the two points.
October 23 2013 07:09PM
So there have been some misconceptions lately about shot quality, I figure, or what the "Corsi" statistic is meant to capture. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the absolute centre of the "quality or quantity" debate for shots and it's become quite a story surrounding the Leafs. Every game the Leafs play, whether they win or lose, seems to be a victory for Team Regression or Team Traditionalism.
On Tuesday, a Toronto Star reporter echoed and endorsed the belief of Twitter user @erndog44: "advanced stats guys say Raymond's bad angle shot in 1st period is equivalent to that shot Kessel just sniped". Chris Boyle has taken to Sportsnet introducing his "shot quality project," and while I'm interested to see the results, I don't think that there's a way to quantify the value of every individual shot taken in the last six years that properly explains whether there are teams that can affect shot quality enough to win games.