August 21 2011 03:20PM
"Oh God they're coming for me!"
I believe that shot location is critical in assessing a players' shooting percentages, and probably has some bearing on the sustainability of a player's goal totals. If, for example, a player collects a pile of goals shooting from the tops of the offensive zone faceoff circles, I would expect that teams would begin to notice the pattern, make adjustments, give their goalies time to see the shots, and for our hypothetical sniper to score fewer goals in the future. On the other hand, if a player is fast and/or skilled enough to drag the puck close the net before shooting, but doesn't wind up with many goals, I'd expect bounces to start going their way more often before too long.
Pension Plan Puppets
August 20 2011 12:53PM
The NHL season is a marathon not a sprint and each leg of the course is unique. In this seven part series we'll look at the make up of each one, how the Leafs have fared, what games they'll need to win, and what games we'd love to see. We'll even do it for the months that the Leafs don't show up to play.
The Toronto Maple Leafs hold the record for most wins to start the season (no gimmicks edition) with the 10 they picked up on the trot in 1993-94. While a repeat of that start isn't likely the Leafs do have a good opportunity to off to a strong start. As much as Howard Berger might suggest otherwise, two points are important regardless of when they are picked up. The schedule makers have been kind to a team that needs to avoid falling into an early hole.
August 19 2011 07:08AM
The summer of 1997 brought a drastic re-structuring of the Maple Leafs front office and off-ice management team. The preceding year was an abysmal season that saw the Leafs miss the playoffs for the first time in four years. Changes were coming that would drastically alter the franchise.
August 18 2011 09:30PM
So far, we've looked at how Keith Aulie and Luke Schenn performed during the stretch run compared to their early season minutes. While in both cases there was some improvement for each young defenseman, both players saw their PDO's increase thanks to the stellar play of one James Reimer.
August 18 2011 12:38PM
The NHL announced the games that'll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They're all major ratings draws due to being in large American hockey markets, having recent success and/or having Crosby and Ovechkin.
In first place is the New York Rangers with 16 potential appearances which makes little to no sense. The Rangers will be mediocre again like they are every year and despite NYC being the largest US media market most people outside of New York hate NYC and the Rangers.