December 09 2010 09:50AM
The Leafs can't expect to win games when they give up all of the following: 3-on-1, 2-on-0, breakaway, 2-on-1, among a good quantity of other high percentage chances. By my count, the Penguins had 12 such high-quality chances to score (these are cashed in roughly 33 % of the time) in total, which is extremely excessive. 11 of those came in the first two periods.
December 08 2010 11:04AM
Entering Friday's game, the Leafs were set to face a Murderer's Row of Eastern Conference powerhouse teams: Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal. Two-fifths of the way through this gauntlet the Leafs have 2 shootout victories that were built on hard nosed play leading to late game comebacks; something that was all but thought an impossibility in TheLeafsNation.
December 08 2010 10:15AM
Twenty-six games into a Maple Leafs’ season in which few expect anything good, the boys in blue and white are in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night to try and top the best player in the NHL. Sidney Crosby (leading league with 24 g, 48 pts in 29 GP) will likely see a lot of Luke Schenn tonight, but that will be up to Pens’ coach Dan Bylsma, who has last change. The Leafs’ blueline will obviously be key in Steeltown. Here are their individual report cards one-third of the way into the season.
December 08 2010 09:10AM
Christmas time is coming somewhat sooner for me than the rest of you lot because I'm spending two weeks in Mexico between now and then. Christmas time means it's time to get ready for one thing; respect for a beautiful and age old tradition dating back to the year zero. Speaking of which isn't it a weird coincidence that Jesus was born in the year zero? Someone made a really brave call selling "Year Zero!" calendars and must have been sweating bullets when He didn't show up until December 25th.
December 07 2010 12:29PM
How about the Leafs last night? Big comeback win against a good team to take them to 2-0-0 at the start of the Week of Doom. With four points in their past two how do the Leafs stack up if you correct the standings to reflect Toronto's games in hand?