November 15 2012 01:57PM
Gus has done some good work looking at 10-game segments for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, and I wanted to quickly look at momentum, specifically, whether the Leafs' performance over one 10-game segment makes much of a difference compared to the next segment.
It can also be applied to games as well. What is the Leafs record, for example, coming off of a win as opposed to coming off of a loss? Well, in the most recent season, the Leafs were 14-16-5 off a win, and 20-21-5 after a loss. Not enough evidence there to make you think that the team gets into a groove or starts playing with confidence or momentum.
Look at it this way: Flip a coin 20 times. If the coin lands on "heads" four times in a row, does "heads" have all the momentum? Regardless of the last flip, there's always a 50-50 chance the coin will hit heads or tails. In hockey, the coin is weighted, and it's been weighted against the Leafs for quite some time now.
November 15 2012 10:15AM
After only a few weeks with the Toronto Marlies, Leo Komarov is taking his hockey bag and going home. Well, going back to his old KHL club at least: Dynamo Moscow.
The Finnish forward signed with the Leafs this summer, but with no end to the lockout in sight, I guess he figured he'd rather suit up in the KHL over plugging away with the Marlies for the year. I'd probably do the same.
From RIA Novosti:
"When the NHL lockout struck in mid-September, Komarov decided to stay in the North America to play for the AHL affiliate team the Toronto Marlies, and notched up seven points in 11 games.
But now the 25-year-old player wants to return to Russia.
November 14 2012 08:06PM
The KHL returns from a 9-day break with 22 teams playing in 11 games. Joffrey Lupul makes his KHL debut with Avtomobilist, Malkin stacks the pads (what?), Ovechkin return much to the delight of Nicklas Backstrom, and more.
November 14 2012 12:04PM
Stuart Percy - Leafs first round pick and captain of the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads (who recently cracked the CHL's Top 10 rankings) - talks to Aly Munro after Team OHL's 2-1 victory over Team Russia in Game 4 of the Subway Super Series. Watch for the interview, stay for the mangled smile. Truculence!
November 14 2012 09:53AM
Before I begin my kvetching, I feel I should make one thing clear: EA has made some really impressive strides (no pun intended) in recreating the physics of a hockey game played on ice. The revamped skating in NHL 13 is, for example, more true to the way that players actually move about the rink, and so I don't mean to be too broadly critical of the game. There is still, however, much work to be done, and the more realistic a video game gets, the more enraging these (increasingly minor) glitches can be.