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.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 20 2014 05:24PM
(Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs Twitter)
The Toronto Marlies have a history of sputtering during long road trips. Even this year, their Royal Winter Fair-fuelled departure saw them drop four of six games, cementing the cancelling out of a hot start. Maybe it's bad luck, maybe they make a slight mistake in travel arrangements that makes them 0.6% more tired, or maybe there's something in the air at Ricoh Coliseum that makes them better for a couple of days.
This time around, as their home ice plays the part of "giant swimming pool" for the Boat Show, things actually look kind of positive. Going into Rockford, the Marlies had a 3-0-1 record over nine days, with a --- loss to St. Johns being the only blemish. The mission today? Keep the good times rolling, and slightly ruin the day of the thousands of local school children in attendance. They did just that, winning 3-2.
January 20 2014 12:22PM
Would a random name generator call anybody 'Mike Smith'?
Going to be a bit of a short LGD today. Justin has his prospect rankings coming down the pipe, and I want to discuss Nazem Kadri's game against the Montreal Canadiens, but I took some time off to go to the NFC Championship on Sunday and have a bunch of checkups at the hospital today. Basically, there isn't a lot of time for me to do much actual hockey writing until Wednesday, so hopefully we'll get to Kadri eventually.
Tonight it's Phoenix and Toronto. Depending how old your older brother is, these are not your older brother's Phoenix Coyotes. They've been cast as a defensive hockey club for a while now, with coach Dave Tippett, but have been having some success with offence this season, as you'll see after the jump. The Leafs play the first of a four-game trip that will see them go to Phoenix (+17 degrees Celsius today) then Denver (+4 degrees) and Dallas (+22) and finally Winnipeg (minus-26).
January 20 2014 08:55AM
During and after the fireworks in Vancouver on Saturday night, many people wanted to get on Canucks head coach John Tortorella for being so mad. Claiming that if he didn’t want or expect that to happen, he should have put out a more skilled line.
January 20 2014 07:47AM
(Photo: www.orlandosolarbears.com )
In most cases, being an “honourable mention” is not much to be proud of. Not the case when it comes to our Top 20 Leafs Prospect Midterm Rankings - at least these guys all showed up on someone’s top twenty list! There’s a number of prospects who didn’t, and they brought great shame upon their families. Out of respect, we won’t publish those names.