October 10 2013 01:20PM
If you're a regular reader here at Canucks Army, you are likely familiar with most of the new stats that we use to analyze players and games. Sure, everyone likes a good story, but good stories don't win you the Cup. Not cinderella stories, not chronicles of heroism, and certainly not a tale of destiny. Sigh.
No, what wins you the Cup is good old fashioned luck.
October 10 2013 12:34PM
NHL teams are playing at least one game in every city this season, and tonight marks Toronto's visit to Nashville. Fresh off a defeat to the Colorado Avalanche, the Maple Leafs look tonight to earn their first win against a Conference III opponent. The Leafs roster gets a little more inexperienced tonight, with David Broll suiting up for his first ever NHL game, becoming the fourth Leaf this season to do so.
It's tough to drum up interest or storylines between non-conference opponents early on in the season. The Leafs hosted Nathan MacKinnon last time around, so I guess it's fair to say that now they'll be visiting the new home of the No. 1 prospect in the June draft, Seth Jones, who wound up being selected 4th overall. He's found his way onto the first pairing with Shea Weber much faster than anybody anticipated, after Weber's normal partner Roman Josi went down with a concussion.
October 09 2013 12:43PM
Joffrey Lupul has become the latest Maple Leaf to suffer an injury during the Leafs' mini cap crunch. He missed practice this morning with a "bruised calf" and is day-to-day, travelling with the team to Nashville and it's conceivable he may play, but are the Leafs ever scrambling for depth early on in the season so far.
So far the team has had to use Troy Bodie, Trevor Smith, Jamie Devane and Spencer Abbott in place of Nik Kulemin (chipped bone in ankle), Carter Ashton (broken nose), Jay McClement (paternity leave) and Frazer McLaren (who cares). So far the new guys have acquainted themselves well to depth positions on an NHL roster.
October 09 2013 11:10AM
Due to popular demand Draft Street is back on the Nations. We ran some Free Rolls for DS last year and got some really good feedback, so we approached them about getting this going again for us again this year. They finally acquiesced when I threatened to send Wanye to their house with a bullhorn and a clown costume.
October 09 2013 10:29AM
The Leafs suffered their first loss of the season and Jake Gardiner might be getting traded. Excuse me while I panic and cry and barf.