December 03 2013 10:18AM
There are good hockey teams, and then there are the San Jose Sharks. For those of you unfamiliar with the Western Conference, the Sharks this season have cut through the rest of the West the same way the West has cut through the East. The Pacific Division is the strongest in hockey, and the Sharks have laid waste to it, with a 9-1-2 record.
The Sharks are in Toronto tonight, riding a five-game win streak (although two of those were shootouts) against a visibly struggling Maple Leafs team. The good news is that both Cody Franson and Jay McClement are available to Randy Carlyle to play tonight, after Franson missed the game against the Canadiens and McClement was shaken up twice. The bad news is that Nazem Kadri will not play due to personal reasons. Out of respect for him we'll stray from reporting on what those reasons may be.
December 03 2013 08:46AM
It's like Christmas, your birthday and April Fool's Day all wrapped up in one!
This year, you can give the gift of time.
And I don't mean a lousy wristwatch. I mean, they can't even be bothered to put a full day on a watch. Twelve hours, sheesh.
No, instead of a measly twelve hours, you can give out twelve months! That's like giving someone 365 watches. How generous is that?!!
December 02 2013 12:46PM
Hockey Canada announced just a short time ago their Junior Selection Camp Roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, and there's a single, lonely Leafs prospect on that list. Frederik Gauthier will represent the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Rimouski Oceanic at Canada's selection camp, and is likely to compete in Malmo, Sweden.
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December 02 2013 12:10PM
Just in time for Christmas - our supplier assures us they will ship in time - we have re-released OilersNation hoodies and introduced CanucksArmy and TheLeafsNation hoodies for the sexy hockey fan on Santa's list this year.
December 02 2013 09:28AM
Jerred Smithson has played 12 games with Toronto, averaged 10:19 and recorded exactly one shot on goal.
One month into the season, and the Leafs' biggest struggle is offence. Anybody who saw that happening, raise your hand high into the air. No you didn't. Put it down, you liar.
Toronto was 5th in the NHL in goals last season and their biggest strength is the amount of speed and skill they have on the wings. Another strength is the sheer number of quality puck-moving defenceman they employ, so it should be a little surprising that the team is tied for 14th in the NHL with 2.67 goals per game. Michael Traikos notes that the Leafs scored 1.92 goals per game in November. When you break it down further, the reason becomes a little more apparent.