Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 13 2013 12:16AM
The best part of Tuesday night’s game? I don’t have to mention the Hamilton Bulldogs until October. “OKAY JEFF, WE GET IT, YOU HATE THE SCHEDULE. Stop opening your posts with it!” you may say. On one hand, you’re right. On the other hand, we’re over half way into the season, and the Toronto Marlies have faced the Habs affiliate in 26% of their games. Include preseason, and it goes to 29%. One in every less than four games. For five months. Considering how these two teams like to get at each other, I have no idea how nobody’s been killed. Back to the point – tonight was the last game, Toronto really needs to start putting points on the board to stay in the playoff chase, and they did the opposite of that, losing a close one.
February 12 2013 01:30PM
Eventually "mild" is going to have to be struck from the Maple Leafs' employees lexicon:
Injury update: James Reimer sustained a mild (MCL) knee strain & is expected to be out for a minimum of one week #Leafs— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 12, 2013
That's the update on James Reimer from the team. Reimer of course left the Leafs game against the Flyers last night after appearing to tweak his knee moving right to left in the crease. This is good news if you take the Maple Leafs at their word, but given the setbacks for Jake Gardiner earlier in the season, the "minimum of one week" may be stretching a definition.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 12 2013 12:37PM
As has been stated many times in the past few weeks, the Toronto Marlies are a drastically different looking team than they were before the NHL lockout came to a close. Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin are playing like everything people were hoping for and more on the Leafs. Mike Kostka, Mark Fraser, and Korbinian Holzer are holding the fort on defence. Ben Scrivens is between the pipes, backing up (and with injuries, temporarily leap frogging) James Reimer, and thanks to the waiver process, Keith Aucoin is in Long Island Hockey Prison.
It’s certainly made the Marlies a worse team on paper, but that’s not a bad thing. If it anything, it gives the rookie players actual games to play in, and the guys who were overshadowed by their NHL current-calibre peers some improved minutes to show they’re capable. One of these players is Joe Colborne.
February 12 2013 10:50AM
JVR is a Leaf now and that makes me happy. In other news, OMG IS REIMER HURT?!?!?!
February 12 2013 09:54AM
I figured there would be plenty of James Reimer posts today, so I decided to string some thoughts together, on Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin, James van Riemsdyk and the Leafs' powerplay.
Kessel and Kadri Should Watch Each Other
I think there’s a mutual learning opportunity by Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri watching each other. Kadri attracts a lot of attention and often draws multiple players to him. This has forced him to learn to play in tight spaces and operate with little time. The ability to operate tight in traffic could rub off on Kessel who attracts such similar attention in a concept I put together in my post last week. Kessel’s passing ability gained momentum since the focus on scoring has lifted. Time to build on that.