February 12 2015 12:03PM
While the rebuild is most certainly on, today's iteration of the Toronto Maple Leafs still has to, perhaps unfortunately, play hockey games. They'll do that tonight when the Leafs travel to Long Island to take on John Tavares and the shockingly fantastic New York Islanders.
New York carries a 35-18-1 record and 71 points into tonight's match up, tying them with the Detroit Red Wings for 6th in the league standings. The score a ton of goals (fourth most in the league), and have a deep forward group that, even without Kyle Okposo, is hard to shut down.
That being said, the Islanders aren't without flaws. They allow the second fewest shots against per game in the NHL, but their 2.78 goals against per game still ranks 23rd. Their penalty kill is also horrifying, but for both teams - their 72.5% penalty kill percentage is worst in the league, while their eight shorthanded goals is best.
February 12 2015 09:04AM
There's an important piece of news circulating this morning when it comes to the Leafs and their long term plans. We've all seen plenty of speculation over the past few weeks about the organization potentially nuking their roster and starting over in a true rebuild, but there have remained questions about if MLSE, obsessed with mediocrity and false hope, would approve of such a tear-down.
Well, it appears they already have.
Cathal Kelly of the Globe indicates that Shanahan and his management group have recently presented their ideas on the future of the club to the board, and have now been granted a license to start removing the bricks on this already shaky structure.
February 11 2015 04:15PM
David Clarkson has been a healthy scratch for two games in a row. Phil Kessel just had one of the worst games of his Toronto Maple Leafs career. Pretty much the entire roster is useless right now, save Morgan Rielly, who is talented and wonderful and will lead us to the promised land. Something must be done. Someone must pay. Someone must... sit in the press box.
February 11 2015 02:55PM
So am I happy about this or sad?
February 11 2015 11:00AM
According to Peter Horachek, “The Leafs Give a Shit Meter needs to be higher.”
Peter Horachek: "The give-a-shit meter has to be higher."— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 11, 2015
While as a proud member of Tank Nation I couldn’t disagree more. I thought I would take a look at what the “give a shit” score was for the Leafs in last night’s game. Once again, I am only happy to provide you with thefanciest of stats in this deep analysis.