November 22 2011 09:25AM
By: Andrey Osadchenko
It’s official. Ovie isn’t him anymore. At least, so far he isn’t. Last night he made it obvious in arguably the most hockey obsessed town on Earth. A town where he scored 14 goals in 12 previous games.
November 21 2011 11:25PM
Going into the offseason I thought it was pretty unlikely that I would receive a contract offer in the NHL.
That is the circle of life in the NHL.
November 21 2011 11:01PM
Talk about score effects. The Leafs out chanced the Capitals 9-1 in the first period, and 12-3 through the first 30 minutes of the game, but then went on to be out-chanced 17-5 for the remainder of the game, 12-2 in the third. The totals were 20-17 for Washington, and 15-11 for Washington at even strength. Special teams were obviously important in this game.
Probably the most dangerous stretch for Washington came in the 3rd period between 7:27 and 6:38 remaining, when Alexander Semin had 5 consecutive chances. This was, without a doubt, Jonas Gustavsson's best game of the season.
Individual numbers didn't look so good for several Leafs, as only David Steckel, John-Michael Liles, Matt Frattin, and Joey Crabb managed to out-chance their opponents at even strength. It was a particularly tough night for Colton Orr, Jake Gardiner, Nikolai Kulemin, or Pascal Dupuis, as each of them had a -4 differential at EV.
Read on for the tables.
November 21 2011 10:14AM
The Leafs probably deserved better than the 4-1 loss to Nashville. They played a relatively quiet road game, and wound up out-chancing their opponents 12-7 overall, and 8-6 at even strength. Such a low tally is remarkable, but then, the Predators are known for their defensive stye of play, and the Leafs definitely played a conservative game, so after re-watching it, the numbers don't come as a surprise.
The only three Leafs to be out-chanced at EV were Jake Gardiner, Nikolai Kulemin, and Joffrey Lupul. The penalty kill had at least 4 good chances, and the Leafs managed to only give up 1 on the PK. Not bad.
One thing I noticed while compiling these numbers is that although the Leafs had a number of shots from close in, the Predators, like the Bruins and many other defensively-oriented teams, clear pucks (often from rebounds) out of the slot quickly and efficiently, preventing the Leafs from creating too much havoc around the net.
Follow me over the jump for the numbers.
November 20 2011 04:40PM
Impossibly, the 2011-12 NHL Season is rapidly closing in on the quarter mark already. Where does the time go?
Lowetide talks with his usual wide assortment of guests his week and the Blackhawks get some time in the hot seat as Jesse Rogers from ESPN Chicago and Sam from Second City Hockey talk about their home team only hours before they got an all world beat down by the Oilers.
Har har har.
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