January 15 2014 09:17PM
One of my favourite things about TSN broadcasting Leafs games, other than not having to listen to Greg Millen, is that TSN's producers and statisticians are all legitimate hockey fans who would crank out absurd trivia like the factoid above. This was the Leafs first win on the home half of a back-to-back after winning the road game, apparently, since 2009.
I'm not sure what the genesis of such a statistic would be. It's not like there's a big database of trivia available. You have to go searching. Some producer, probably in his 20s, was kicking dirt around in the pre-production meeting saying "you know, as a Leaf fan, it seems the Leafs never win these games…" and then spent 5 minutes on Hockey Reference.
Was it a "real" win? I mean, it (again) took the shootout to beat the Buffalo Sabres, but in the words of Socrates, "two points is two points" and Toronto took back a three-point lead in the Wild Card race with their third consecutive win.
January 15 2014 12:55PM
Pictured: Zemgus Girgensons
Not a lot to get to today. I have a few statistics to relay to you and a couple of clips of Peter Holland doing hockey things. This is also the last time this season I think I'll have to watch the Buffalo Sabres, and for that I am grateful. At the start of the season right after the Sabres jumped out to their 0-6 start or whatever it was, I made a bet with the editor of Canucks Army, Dimitri Filipovic, that the Sabres would reach 15 wins this season. I'm sitting pretty in that regard, thanks mostly to their 6-2 shootout record.
(Unfortunately, I also bet Dimitri that David Clarkson would score at least 14 goals, and not only has he not, but he's looked brutal in not doing so. My opinions on Clarkson may be subjective from here on out, but hey! He is on pace to score 45 goals over the duration of his seven-year contract.)
The 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres everyone! Projected by at least one amateur oddsmaker to have fewer wins than David Clarkson had goals!
January 15 2014 12:47PM
This morning I stopped by the TSN 1050 studios in Scarborough to join the Macko & Cauz show to talk about all things Leafs, including their big win in Boston from Tuesday night. Click here to listen to the awesomeness!
A few hours later, I called in to Lowetide on TSN 1260 in Edmonton to talk about even more things Leafs, including my crazy NHL 14 skills and Lonny Bohonos. The interview is from about 1:00-15:00 of the file below.
January 15 2014 11:02AM
The Leafs finally get a win in regulation on the road, against the Boston Bruins no less. But brace yourself. The great Corsi armies of the north are coming.
January 15 2014 09:26AM
Phil Kessel is an incredible offensive talent.
Now that I’ve blown your mind with that hyper-obvious statement, we can continue.
Kessel is great. He’s tallied 45 points in 48 games (though he is just coming off a nine-point, 15-game stretch) and since he joined the Leafs in 2009, only 19 players have more points and only four have more goals. And he’s done that largely without the benefit of what people would agree is a first line center, playing 2,770 of his 4,265 even strength minutes with Tyler Bozak (and less than 415 minutes with any other pivot).
When Bozak was extended this offseason, the crux of the argument against him was that playing with Kessel inflated his numbers, which is undeniable (current piping-hot-streak notwtihstanding, I guess). But I’ve become curious of late just how important Kessel is in bringing up the play of his teammates.