January 21 2014 11:30AM
Another short LGD (but some fun statistical stuff) as there's a quick turnaround between Phoenix and Colorado. The Avalanche are the brethren of the Leafs: got off to a super hot start (the Avs were the only team the Leafs lost to in their first seven games) mostly fuelled by goaltending, but both teams have come back to earth since October. On November 1st, the teams were first in their respective conferences in points rate.
Since November 1st, Colorado is 6th in the West and Toronto is 14th—ahead of just the New York Islanders and Buffalo—in the East. Interestingly, it's been the Avalanche who have a much more noticeable drop in goaltending: their team save percentage was .955 in October and is just .912 since. The Leafs were .937 after October and .913 from November 1st through last night.
The Avalanche are still a young team with a lot of talented young forwards, and still hold on to third spot in a relatively weak Central Division and will probably stay there with no real competition. We're not sure about the Leafs just yet, but Anthony Petrelli had a great characterization in his Leafs Notebook post from this week.
January 21 2014 10:18AM
In this post: A hot sports taco.
For all their talk of sample size, it was the Corsi Mob who lacked the patience to see this thing through.
Against all doubt and snark to the contrary, the Toronto Maple Leafs have now won five straight games for the first time in seven years and look every bit the team they were in October, when they set the league ablaze. Low and behold, the Leafs are now firmly back in a playoff spot, where anyone watching the games knew they’d end up.
It turns out that a slump can be just that, and a few unlucky bounces aren’t indicative of a team tuning the coach out. Everything’s just fine, even if Fenwick says otherwise.
January 21 2014 06:06AM
(Photo: UMD's Tony Cameranesi)
#20 - Dominic Toninato - C (Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA)
January 21 2014 02:42AM
Five straight wins, Phil Kessel stays hot, and Nazem Kadri is coming alive.
Now what's the difference between good and great?
January 20 2014 09:50PM
Die-hard Leafs fan and star of the cult comedy classic Wayne's World was not out partying with Alice Cooper in Glendale on Monday night. I don't think that the NHL has let him near a rink since The Love Guru came out, probably for good reason.
On the ice it was more of the same for the Maple Leafs like we saw a season ago—an excellent offence that converted every chance it got, some great goaltending and benefitting from some posts. The Leafs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, added a third to make the score 3-0 and cruised from there for a 4-2 final and a fifth straight victory.