March 19 2011 03:14PM
What’s the job of a head coach in the NHL? Pretty simple question. It’s to have the players, both mentally and physically, in the best position to win. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. That means getting the boys ready in the room. And it means having the best players, for any given situation, on the ice. Having the right guy out there to take the draw. Having a decent back-up in case your centre gets tossed. Having the best defensive pair on the ice in any given situation. And it also means making the best netminding choice, night after night. And, in Florida on Thursday, Wilson blew that choice, big time.
March 18 2011 01:20PM
Mikhail Grabovski remains the top dog on the Leafs, as he still leads all regulars in scoring chance differential at even strength. He has also excelled on the PK, too, since earning more icetime there. His usual wingers, Kulemin and MacArthur, have had their numbers at EV remain steady as well since the last update 23 games ago.
Read on to view the Toronto Maple Leafs' scoring chances by individual players through March 17, 2011. Scoring chances have been recorded by myself for all but three Leafs' games, two were recorded by Derek Zona and George Ays (one each), and one has gone unrecorded (game #18 vs. New Jersey).
March 17 2011 09:16PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21059
You can't sugar coat this one; just an excruciating game to sit through if you're a Leafs fan. However, noteworthy for the Leafs lack of scoring chances; I counted the lowest number of chances for Toronto since I started tracking scoring chances over a year ago.
March 17 2011 03:06PM
Just listen to Pierre McGuire on the first goal against Reimer. The shot gets by him, through traffic, and he immediately starts prattling on and on about how James Reimer keeps his glove hand low and other teams know that and now teams are shooting glove side high and that's how James Reimer got beat.
Pierre McGuire: A lot of people talking about shooting high on James Reimer cause his glove is low. Let's see where his glove is in this situation. ... He elevates the puck doesn't look like there's a lot of traffic watch where the glove is it's down by [Reimer's] hip. That might have been touched going in. That being said a lot of teams are elevating the puck on James Reimer.
There's only one problem with that: the shot was tipped by Chad LaRose standing in front of the net and went under Reimer's glove as he butterflyed.
March 17 2011 07:27AM
So, this is the Dion Phaneuf we've been waiting for. This is the guy that Flames' fans saw in his rookie season. This is the guy who was Pierre McGuire's "Monster" every single time he played. And, boy, did Dion ever pick the right time to find his game in Toronto. But there’s more to the Leafs’ D, right now, than just Phaneuf. It’s a Three-Headed Monster.