Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 15 2013 09:08PM
I have to imagine that "Ehrhoff" will be seen as a curse word for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they head back home from Buffalo tonight. Turning a sure Leafs goal into the icing on the cake for the Sabres in less time than it takes to blink is nothing short of impressive, and probably one of the highlights of his last few years. But the Leafs aren't around to make opponents look good, but unfortunately did so tonight, dropping their first of back to back games against their 29th placed division rivals by a score of 3-1.
November 15 2013 01:26PM
"Would you fire me? I'd fire me."
Here's our LGD for a game on February 21st, 2013. Why link to a preview of a random game from a shortened season? Because that game happened to be the Sabres' first game with a new coach since 1997. Lindy Ruff was in Buffalo for 14-and-a-half seasons. His successor, Ron Rolston, lasted 51 games. Rolston accumulated a 19-26-6 record, a 71-point pace over 82 games.
So Ted Nolan is back in Buffalo. He won the Jack Adams Award in 1997 coaching the Sabres, before leaving that offseason thanks to a contract dispute. Other than a brief stint with the New York Islanders for two seasons, Nolan hasn't been in the NHL. In his four NHL seasons as a coach, Nolan has won 54.1% of games where Dominik Hasek was his goaltender, and 47.7% of the other ones. Unfortunately for him, Dominik Hasek is not his starting goaltender again in Buffalo, which is too bad.
The Sabres do have an excellent goaltender in Ryan Miller however, and he'll look to keep up his early season hot streak against Toronto. For the second time in under a year, the first game by a new Sabres coach is going to come against the Maple Leafs.
November 15 2013 12:40PM
We're excited to bring you a new recurring feature - the TLN Roundtable. Every week, we'll pose a Leafs-related question to our writers, gather the various opinions, post the answers, and create internal tension and hatred amongst us. Then you, the reader, get to tell us how wrong we all are in the comments!
This week's question...
November 14 2013 09:35PM
Ohhh baby! We're sleepy!
On this episode, we stumble through the Leafs, Sabres, Oilers, and Chris' lady skills.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 14 2013 03:46PM
The National Hockey League has announced that Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games for his elbow to the head of Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, meaning he will be out of the lineup until no sooner than November 21st.