November 02 2015 09:19PM
Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Maple Leafs don't have a goaltending controversy on their hands just yet, but things may be trending in that direction.
The Maple Leafs have been losing games in bunches despite being a much improved team at 5-on-5. There's a few reasons for the club's brutal start - special teams and an ugly penalty differential among them - but mostly the Leafs have struggled because they haven't been able to count on a save from their goaltenders.
On Monday night James Reimer offered the club stability in net, for the first time in a while, and head coach Mike Babcock has taken notice - even taking the unusual step of confirming postgame on that Reimer would be his starter on Wednesday night, when the Leafs take on Reimer's hometown Winnipeg Jets.
November 02 2015 08:31PM
When you're one of the league's best point-getters and your stick goes dry, if even only for a few minutes, your mind begins to race. Especially if your team is losing. So naturally, if you place Jamie Benn in the faceoff dot with Nazem Kadri, a player as talented at getting under your skin as he is at scoring goals, things are likely to escalate.
Benn perhaps took it too far, though.
November 02 2015 06:30PM
Early in the first period, Brad Boyes scored for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a great moment; it was Boyes' first goal as a member of the Leafs, fifteen years after been drafted by them. Byron Froese grabbed his first NHL point. As well, I mean, the Leafs had the lead! For about a minute, until Jamie Benn tied things back up.
But Boyes seemed poised to keep things going. Just a few minutes later, he scored again; or so we thought. Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars felt something was a little messed up, and they were proven right.
November 02 2015 03:58PM
Screencap Credit: Hockey Night in Canada
Before we turn the page on Toronto's last showing and dive into Tyler Seguin's upcoming assault on the Air Canada Centre, I want to talk about this moment late in the third period of Saturday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Quite simply, I don't think we're going to find a better visual representation of this pocket era of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
November 02 2015 11:13AM
Tonight a team with one win in a month of hockey will play a team with only two losses in a month of hockey. The good news is it's a new month so anything can happen. And while anything could happen there's probably a good chance that what will happen is Dallas will continue to be good and the Leafs will continue to be bad.
The other good news is that Dallas is a very exciting team to watch, and after everyone predicted big things for them last season, we all finally get to see them deliver on them a season later, and smugly feel good that we were eventually right.
The bad news is that Dallas being exciting really doesn't help anyone who finds a potential seven game losing streak to be a little embarrassing even for a team that's rebuilding.