The End of the First Round

Chemmy
March 21 2011 08:27AM

Though Boston has two games in hand their recent skid has allowed the Montreal Canadiens to close the gap on the Northeast division to a single point. As much as we hate the Habs I'm pretty sure we also hate the Bruins so cheering for one or the other based on a sweater is a chore deserved only by Senators fans. Here's the wrinkle: the Leafs hold Boston's draft pick.

Just as Bruins fans would root for Montreal to beat the Leafs to better the draft pick we gave them, Leafs fans should root for Montreal to win the Northeast. Now before you declare me Steve Lansky 2.0 follow me across the jump to see why.

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Matt Frattin's MVP Season Continues

Pension Plan Puppets
March 20 2011 08:16PM

It is rare for a college player to be dismissed from their school team entirely and make a comeback. Generally, it means that the player has to find another school to take them in or they move along to some level of the professional ranks. The University of North Dakota's Matt Frattin has trod a long and difficult path to return to the team he loves but through hard work and the support of loves ones the redemption of Matt Frattin is now complete. Named the Western College Hockey Association's player of the year he has also been named to First All-Star Team and is one of the ten Hobey Baker Award finalists.

Last night he wrote another chapter in his story.

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Ron Wilson's choices are strange

Steve Lansky
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.

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Scoring Chances Update, through March 17, 2011

Slava Duris
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).

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Game #72 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Florida, Mar. 17/11 (3-0 Loss)

Slava Duris
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.

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