January 18 2014 11:51AM
I always like to give these previews a bit of storyline or context heading in, but it's difficult to do with Montreal. Our friends over at Eyes on the Prize have convinced themselves that Montreal's record is not indicative of their play and that they're simply lucky to be winning games lately. That certainly was the case Thursday against the Ottawa Senators—they team won 5-4 in overtime despite being out Corsi'd 64-38. Carey Price allowed four goals and was named the game's second star.
"[All] but four players have recorded a negative even strength Corsi" wrote Andrew Berkshire in that EOTP post. "The only player on the Habs roster who is better this season than last season is Andrei Markov. Every other player, bar none, is significantly worse. What's the simplest explanation for that kind of phenomenon? Coaching."
The Habs have been struggling on the shot clock since November 1. They've struggled to score goals as well, and their .929 even strength save percentage seems to be what's keeping them in games.
January 17 2014 04:05PM
Dave Nonis was on the radio talking about Nazem Kadri? Let me guess… did he say that Kadri is an important core piece of the Maple Leafs? That fans shouldn't be too upset at his lack of production because the team took into consideration his unsustainable percentages a year ago? That Kadri's play away from the puck has improved from 2013 to 2013-14?
Gee, and Nonis might wonder why the blogosphere acts as if he were dumber than a sack of hammers, if he knew what a blogosphere was (or if he knew how to turn a computer on).
January 17 2014 10:39AM
The Leafs have placed both David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren on injured reserve.
No water bottle is safe.
January 16 2014 09:38PM
On this episode, the guys talk about the Oilers' and Canucks' woes, Leafs trade rumours, and hilarious heckles.
January 16 2014 05:06PM
Let's talk about Tyler Bozak for one second:
The most points Tyler Bozak has ever earned in one nine-game stretch of his National Hockey League career is 12, and that was the nine-game stretch ending with that game against Boston Tuesday. While he was held off the scoresheet Wednesday, he still scored the shootout-winning goal. Since returning to the lineup, Bozak has been held off the scoresheet just twice, has two three-point nights, and has two shootout winners to his credit. More importantly, the Leafs are 5-4-0 since his return, obviously spurred by his attendance.
Question: has Tyler Bozak turned the corner? Answer: Probably not.