March 14 2014 03:10PM
During the third period of last night's Leafs game against the Kings, the Leafs held a 3-2 lead and had a faceoff in the defending end of the rink, to the left of James Reimer. The Kings had Anze Kopitar on the ice, an elite forward and faceoff-man. The Leafs had Tyler Bozak and Jay McClement.
A discussion took place between Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro of TSN, discussing the merits of each centreman taking the draw in that situation: McClement is a better faceoff-man and had had an excellent night against Kopitar on the night, going 6-2 on draws. Bozak, on the other hand, is right handed, which makes it easier to tie up the opponents stick on the forehand when all you want to do is kill some time on the clock.
To me, the decision you make there is steeped in analytics.
March 14 2014 01:27PM
The Leafs win two of three in Death Valley with James Reimer playing the role of hero against the Kings.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 14 2014 12:36AM
"Carlyle says... video shows main contact from Stoll was to shoulder" [Masters]
I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I'm starting to think that there's a reason for pretty much every energy drink on the market going on sale in Toronto this week. These games keep getting later and later. 10PM was one thing, 10:30 was torture, and a 10:47 start thanks to a pre-game ceremony? All I'm saying is that I don't regret buying that four pack of Red Bull for $8 a couple nights ago.
March 13 2014 05:28PM
Death Valley Episode III: The Leafpire Strikes Back.
As the Leafs play the third game of their Death Valley road trip, their third game in the past four nights, Jonathan Bernier makes his return to Los Angeles.
March 13 2014 02:10PM
About 15 minutes ago, Mark Masters tweeted that Peter Holland missed this morning's skate with the flu, staying at the team hotel instead (gives him more time to do the sprinkler dance). He also tweeted that Cody Franson isn't feeling 100 per cent yet, but is hoping he will be able to play tonight against the Kings.