November 16 2011 09:13AM
Games like this are the reason that, try as we might, we just cannot give up on the Leafs. 10 minutes into the first period it looked like “one of those nights” where anything that could go wrong, did. Adrian Aucoin knocked what would have been a breakaway pass to Lupul out of mid-air about a minute before Phaneuf mishandled a bouncing puck and tripped over the blueline to set up the first Yotes goal. Then a soft wrister from the point eludes every body in front to find its way into the back of the net. 2-0 Yotes, oh brother.
November 15 2011 02:31AM
For those of you that aren't aware, I've started tracking Leafs' scoring chances for and against in each game, and will be continuing this project throughout the year, publishing each individual game's numbers as the season progresses.
If you're looking for a description of my definition of a scoring chance, give this piece a read.
Starting on this project a bit late into the season has made it difficult to catch up, but I've finally done it. This post covers the Leafs' first 17 games of the season, though because it takes a while to compile all of the data in a useful way, I may not be doing these summative pieces very often. Consider this your first quarter report.
November 14 2011 07:50PM
Seeing Toronto’s penalty kill ranked dead last in the NHL isn’t really a surprise at any point in the season. In the last five years, the team’s best finish was 27th overall and there were a pair of dead-last seasons in there.
Yet, there’s reason to hope that this year’s group can improve at least a little from their putrid start on the penalty kill.
November 14 2011 11:29AM
"Protect yourself at all times." These are the instructions that boxers receive prior to a match. All hockey players need to start doing the same thing.
November 13 2011 02:09PM
Welcome to 'Don Cherry confused me', a Sunday-morning feature that will chronicle the silly things that Don Cherry says the night before on Coach's Corner. The feature will focus on Cherry's out-dated focus on the game and attempt to get him to understand that things happen in hockey a little bit differently than he remembers them.
"The worst you can do is get your star player killing penalties"
This is in reference to Tim Connolly, one of Don Cherry's favourites, getting injured blocking a shot on a penalty kill, presumably. Other situations wherein Connolly has gotten hurt: Even strength, powerplay, penalty shots, time outs, and team dinners.