The Leafs and Sabres- Shift by Shift

Danny Gray
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.

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Maple Leafs Forward Scoring Rates

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.

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Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2012 02:40AM

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)

Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.

Is there any truth to that story?

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Learning To Play: Hitting the OK Plateau

Danny Gray
January 10 2012 04:19PM



As some of you may know I’ve been righting the biggest wrong of my childhood by learning how to play hockey. The response to my first article was great, and I put the advice dispensed to good use. Thus far I’ve been learning by doing, playing in relatively informal games of shinny with a few hours of work on my passing and shooting on the side. At this point I’d describe my skill level as OK. I can skate, shoot, pass, and stickhandle well enough to keep pace with guys going at about 50%. I’m not very good mind you, but I’m not falling all over myself out there either.  While I’m exponentially better than when I first began, I worry that pretty soon I’m going to hit the OK Plateau.

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Jonas Gustavsson: Not Even Close To Being The Answer

Jonathan Willis
January 10 2012 12:58PM

For probably the first time in his NHL career, Jonas Gustavsson is starting to turn some heads. He entered the league with high expectations – as many of these undrafted free agents do now, as various teams line up to bid for their services – but never really lived up to them, failing to take the starting job despite a constant state of flux in the Toronto net during his time with the team.

Now Gustavsson has the starting job, and looks like he knows what to do with it after posting an 8-3-0 record over his last 11 games.

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