Leafs Vs. Capitals Scoring Chances

JP Nikota
November 21 2011 11:01PM

Talk about score effects. The Leafs out chanced the Capitals 9-1 in the first period, and 12-3 through the first 30 minutes of the game, but then went on to be out-chanced 17-5 for the remainder of the game, 12-2 in the third. The totals were 20-17 for Washington, and 15-11 for Washington at even strength. Special teams were obviously important in this game.

Probably the most dangerous stretch for Washington came in the 3rd period between 7:27 and 6:38 remaining, when Alexander Semin had 5 consecutive chances. This was, without a doubt, Jonas Gustavsson's best game of the season.

Individual numbers didn't look so good for several Leafs, as only David Steckel, John-Michael Liles, Matt Frattin, and Joey Crabb managed to out-chance their opponents at even strength. It was a particularly tough night for Colton Orr, Jake Gardiner, Nikolai Kulemin, or Pascal Dupuis, as each of them had a -4 differential at EV.

Read on for the tables.

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Leafs Vs. Predators Scoring Chances

JP Nikota
November 21 2011 10:14AM

 

The Leafs probably deserved better than the 4-1 loss to Nashville. They played a relatively quiet road game, and wound up out-chancing their opponents 12-7 overall, and 8-6 at even strength. Such a low tally is remarkable, but then, the Predators are known for their defensive stye of play, and the Leafs definitely played a conservative game, so after re-watching it, the numbers don't come as a surprise.

The only three Leafs to be out-chanced at EV were Jake Gardiner, Nikolai Kulemin, and Joffrey Lupul. The penalty kill had at least 4 good chances, and the Leafs managed to only give up 1 on the PK. Not bad.

One thing I noticed while compiling these numbers is that although the Leafs had a number of shots from close in, the Predators, like the Bruins and many other defensively-oriented teams, clear pucks (often from rebounds) out of the slot quickly and efficiently, preventing the Leafs from creating too much havoc around the net.

Follow me over the jump for the numbers.

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NATION RADIO - NOVEMBER 19, 2011

NationRadio
November 20 2011 04:40PM

Impossibly, the 2011-12 NHL Season is rapidly closing in on the quarter mark already. Where does the time go?

Lowetide talks with his usual wide assortment of guests his week and the Blackhawks get some time in the hot seat as Jesse Rogers from ESPN Chicago and Sam from Second City Hockey talk about their home team only hours before they got an all world beat down by the Oilers.

Har har har.

This is NationRadio. 

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Nation Network Hockey Pool: November 20th Edition

Jonathan Willis
November 20 2011 02:55PM

This week’s edition of the Nation Network Hockey Pool has a new leader, as the previous front-runner slips into second place.

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The Leafs after the 20 Game Yardstick

Danny Gray
November 18 2011 12:11PM


Are you there Darryl? It's me, Brian.

"I think a realistic yardstick is 20 games, that being said, these points that they’ve put in the bank are important come March or April. But you can’t just have a great start and then fizzle. That flame has to be sustainable. That’s the challenge." –Brian Burke on October 20, 2011

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