October 25 2013 08:54PM
Wonder how that Indiana-Dallas game turned out?
I'm sorry in advance if this game recap misses key information. In the second period, right after Toronto tied it up, a large intruder walked into my home and knocked me over the head with a large, heavy object. I was knocked out for much of the second period, and awoke to find my intruder gone and miraculously, he hadn't taken anything valuable from my apartment. I did miss most of the second period, however. Perhaps he was from the Illuminati.
Toronto limped into Columbus Friday night with yet another key injury, and limped out a little slower after the Maple Leafs managed to be defeated by the friggin Blue Jackets. If there was a theme to the game that wound up being David Clarkson's debut, it was the parade to the penalty box as the Leafs just couldn't keep their sticks away from Blue Jacket players. The Leafs again were out-shot heavily, 15-5 after the first period and 36-25, but were in the game for long enough that the ending was in doubt until Ryan Johansen's empty-net goal in the final minute.
Final score, 5-2, after a snack goal on the part of Nick Foligno. Not a pretty road performance.
October 25 2013 01:32PM
We're two weeks into the regular season and at least one thing is clear: the Metropolitan Division is crap, and if that trend continues, the Atlantic Division will send five teams to the post-season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in fifth place in the Metro with a very mediocre 4-5 start to the season. A second thing is clear: they're further from that team that went on the torrid second half run and barely missed out on the postseason than people think.
For one, it would appear that Sergei Bobrovsky is human. The Jackets are on the precipice of being a bottom third puck-possession club this season, with just three regular players at above 50% in Corsi with the score close: Cam Atkinson, Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen.
What I'm really saying is that it's unlikely tonight's Leafs and Blue Jackets game will be the perfect start to the weekend. But maybe it will be because DAVID CLARKSON finally makes his "real" debut as a Toronto Maple Leaf.
October 24 2013 11:12PM
We got another parody accout! This one's got promise!
On this episode, the guys talk about David Clarkson's return, Buffalo's goon situation, and Chris being a swell uncle.
October 24 2013 11:04AM
So, three tidbits from practice on Wednesday. The obvious start is Joffrey Lupul, who blocked a Paul Ranger shot and is going for X-rays. we may have an update a little later in the day, or tomorrow.
The timing is bad, obviously, since the rest of the Leafs are getting healthy or coming off suspension. We've all been waiting to see the Lupul and Nazem Kadri duo play with David Clarkson on the other wing, and it could be another couple of games before we see that. Some terrible injury luck early on this season in Toronto.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 23 2013 08:01PM
As we all know, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a chip to their high-flying armour against the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday night. While a win against Anaheim put them in the right direction, there's still something to be said about a little organizational revenge. Tonight was an opportunity for that, as the Rockford IceHogs came into town to take on the Toronto Marlies in an AHL version of the matchup. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't cease it. Despite an early 2-0 lead, Rockford scored three straight to take the two points.