January 12 2012 02:13PM
The season is halfway over, and, still, the Leafs remain in playoff position, not only just 6th in the NHL's Eastern Conference, but they are also one of just five teams in the conference with a positive goal differential. The time is right for the Leafs right now: beyond the top four teams in the conference, neither are very strong.
Of course, the unfortunate reality of this for Leafs fans is that one of the top four teams in the conference, Pittsburgh, are currently sitting in ninth place but are primed to make a run forward. Their +12 goal differential matched with the team being the best Eastern team in team Fenwick rank mean that they're not likely to sit where they are.
January 12 2012 11:00AM
We're going to Kanata? Great I could use a haircut.
Today the NHL announced that Phil Kessel and Joffery Lupul will join Dion Phaneuf in representing the Leafs at the All-Star Game at the end of January. While the citizens of Ottawa made a valiant effort to put as many Sens in the game as there are Unisex Hair Salons in Ottawa, they could not keep two of the NHL's leading scorers out.
January 11 2012 11:53PM
According to the venerated hockey website Sports Illustrated, the answer to that question is yes. In a poll of 161 players, Dion Phaneuf ranked as the most common answer to the question of which player is the most overrated in the National Hockey League.
Of course, Leafs’ GM Brian Burke figures any player dumb enough to fill out the poll has a “room-temperature IQ.”
January 11 2012 09:09AM
Former members of the Soviet Union are happy with Ron Wilson's equal distribution of ice-time
The Leafs played an excellent “road game” at home last night against the Buffalo Sabres. After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead the Leafs played a smart, disciplined, defensive game that relied on speed and a strong forecheck. If the Leafs can play the exact same way on Friday they can put some distance between themselves and the Sabres and move a little higher in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture.
Pension Plan Puppets
January 11 2012 07:40AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit on Saturday night to mark the halfway point of the 2011-2012 campaign. The win was enough to get the Leafs to 47 points. With their 2-0 win over the Sabres last night they've started the second half of the season on the right foot. In fact, they've started 2012 on the right foot with four straight wins. The halfway mark is as good of a time as any to take a look at how the team's forwards have been doing.
After the jump, we'll take a look at the team's scoring rates for forwards that have played at least 20 games. Push up those glasses and get your sliderule ready.