Not As Bad As Columbus - Oh, Wait.

JP Nikota
November 05 2011 08:35PM

Let's hope that losing 6-2 a few weeks ago, and 7-0 tonight to the Boston Bruins prompts some kind of change in strategy from Wilson and his players going forward. Like, playing hockey, as opposed to not.

To be honest, the Leafs didn't play an awful first period. Yes, the penalty kill looked weak as Tyler Seguin scored his first of three (sigh), but the Leafs had a couple good chances, and wound up out-shooting the B's 7-5. A 1-0 deficit going into the second period obviously wasn't good, but after the Leafs' 6-2 loss the last time these two teams met, it was a lot more palatable.

The fact that the Leafs were able to stay off the PK for the rest of the game is about the best thing that could be said, tonight.

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Leafs Start Scrivens Again

Jonathan Willis
November 05 2011 12:58PM

Fresh off a Thursday night win over Columbus where he stopped 38 of 39 shots, Ben Scrivens will once again start for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they face the defending champion Bruins tonight.

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Leafs' Scoring Chances After Six Games

JP Nikota
November 05 2011 11:17AM

OK so it's only six games, but the main intention of this post is simply make you all aware that I have started tracking scoring chances for and against the Toronto Maple Leafs this year. I'm a bit late to the party - not everyone realized that Slava Duris was unable to do it this year - but I'm in the process of catching up on games, and as soon as I'm there, I'll begin posting this information on a game-by-game basis, so stay tuned.

Below the jump is a chart that shows each player's chances for (green), and against (red), in EV, PP, and PK game states. For reference, I've also thrown in their total TOI in each category to help make sense of which player is most productive/counterproductive in this regard.

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Ron Wilson, Difference Maker

Jonathan Willis
November 04 2011 04:11PM

Ron Wilson has always been one of the more interesting coaches to follow in the NHL. Aside from his gruff temperament, he’s also heavily involved in using new technology to help him coach, and using advanced statistical measures to make player decisions. He’s an innovator, and that makes him a fascinating coach to study.

He also seems to have discovered something that most NHL teams are still blind to.

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The Phaneuf-Gunnarsson non-pairing

Cam Charron
November 04 2011 02:44PM


-The Leafs Nation nerdling returns!

Earlier this week I looked at individual Fenwick percentages for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and there was some discussion in the comments as to why Dion Phaneuf's individual number was so much higher than his partner Carl Gunnarsson.

So I looked through the timeonice shift charts and the NHL.com play-by-play data from Wednesday's game in New Jersey and Thursday's game in Columbus and give us a brief picture at what happens when the two play without each other.

I only looked at full shifts at even strength and didn't count the few seconds tacked on at the start or end of a shift where one member changes on the fly. If there was a significant amount of time before or after the change, I looked at that.

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