February 12 2015 07:55PM
The loss was very obviously coming, but the Leafs made it at least appear to be interesting all the way until the final buzzer. An entertaining, vaguely competitive regulation loss? Tank Nation is probably ecstatic.
February 12 2015 03:55PM
Yesterday, head coach Peter Horachek confirmed something that we seemingly get confirmed to us every couple of sleeps - Joffrey Lupul is going to be out of the lineup for a couple of games because something is bugging his body. Specifically, he's expected to miss at least the next three games with a lower-body injury similar to the one he just came back from.
Out of curiosity, I stitched together something. Not Joffrey Lupul, that would be too easy, but a bit of a timeline of the past couple of years.
February 12 2015 02:06PM
unbridled excitement, year after year, hour by hour...
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.