November 06 2012 05:16PM
Today marks the end of the gruelling campaign for the presidency of the United States. However, unlike an NHL season (remember those?), the winner of this campaign will actually have a very good chance of seeing the Stanley Cup. Multiple times, even.
If only it was that easy for the Presidents' Trophy winner. Sigh.
But I guess winning the Presidents' Trophy is very prestigious just in and of itself. I mean, you not only get the Trophy and a guarantee of two, maybe three home games in the playoffs, but the NHL even has a separate web page to recognize the winners...oh for God's sake.
Anyway, sharing a name for the ultimate prize (oh shut up and just go with it) is not the only thing in common between the NHL and the U.S. political system...
November 06 2012 08:30AM
I was looking at the past season schedule, particularly a period of the Leafs worst penalty killing of the campaign, a span of 20 games between November 19 and January 3.
This period of time could have been a total disaster had the Leafs not been firing at a 24% clip on the power play (17-for-71) carving out a 9-8-3 record in those 20 games – 4-2-2 at home.
During this time, the Leafs gave up 23 power play goals on 84 opportunities, their worst string of penalty killing futility (72.6% success rate) on the season. Toronto allowed 62 goals and the 23 power play goals against represented 41% of the 55 total goals given up during the entire season.
November 05 2012 07:49PM
With the NHL season in limbo, it's only natural that many of us have been breaking more and more frequently with reality. That is, we're opting for a virtual reality over the one we're being presented by Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr, and their muppet minions.
Alas, I don't enjoy EA Sports' NHL 13 the way I had hoped. In the coming weeks, I intend to showcase different (and frustrating) shortcomings of the game as part of a series of posts.
November 05 2012 01:03PM
This is pretty cool. Tony Notarianni, a Leafs blogger who dissected the matchup between Connor Brown and Ryan Rupert in an early season Friday Night Hockey game on Sportsnet again got the chance to compare two Toronto Maple Leaf prospects this Friday when Tyler Biggs and Matt Finn ran into each other.
Justin Fisher, who's been keeping track of prospects for us (that involves actually watching the games, who knew?) has seen a lot of Oshawa Generals games and says that Biggs tends to make a lot of plays away from the puck that benefits his scoring line. This is why I wrote earlier that points can't be the only way to judge Biggs, particularly from a statistical perspective, when the "statistical perspective" when Biggs makes the jump will be determinant on how well he plays off the puck, indicated by his Corsi or usage numbers.
November 05 2012 02:43AM
Every Monday, our man Justin Fisher will break down the weekend that was for various Leaf prospects worldwide. Last week's report can be found here.
Things have gone from bad to worse for Ryan Rupert, one of two Leafs’ 6th round picks in this past draft. Still without a goal this season, Rupert was on a 7-game pointless drought before injuring his shoulder in London’s 6-3 loss to Windsor on Thursday night.
Rupert is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action , and will now likely miss his opportunity to suit up for Team OHL in the Canada-Russia Subway Super Series.