January 25 2013 12:58PM
Interesting bit of news today:
Gardiner sent down to Marlies.Long lay off because of concussion. Needs time to adjust.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 25, 2013
I don't think Gardiner has had it too rough this season. His scoring chances +/- in the last two games is +8 chances for, -12 chances against. Comparatively, Mike Kostka, who has played easier minutes, is a +7 for and -14 against. Gardiner was doing well in all even-strenght situations with John-Michael Liles against New York.
Conditioning stints typically last a couple of games, although after tomorrow's game at Ricoh against Wilkes-Barre, the Marlies are off until Friday in Rochester. Perhaps the Leafs wanted to get Gardiner skating, but preferably not against one of the conference's toughest teams in the New York Rangers.
January 25 2013 10:46AM
Not this again!
The Leafs implode against the Islanders on home ice. Here's what I've got to say about it...
January 25 2013 10:25AM
The onset of the NHL season is a distinct point in the schedule that impacts the AHL, as the outflow of players joining their respective parent clubs altered lineups immensely.
The Marlies lost three of their four top scorers, with the graduation of Nazem Kadri along with Mike Kostka with a spot on the Leafs defense. Keith Aucoin was claimed by the New York Islanders.
With the abrupt changes in the roster, I wanted to update the Marlies non-traditional player points breakdowns before a final sweep at the end of the season. The breakdowns are goals by period, and when those goals were scored, for example, tie games, up one goal, down one goal, etc. as well as on and off ice totals.
Below are updated results up to the weekend ending January 20, 2013.
January 24 2013 08:38PM
A moral victory to anybody who stuck through to the end of that one.
The Toronto Maple Leafs came out swinging in the first period with three goals, got a couple of unlucky ones in the third and went into the third tied 3-3. At that point, many people will blame Ben Scrivens, but the Leafs as a whole were pretty bad. They were eaten alive all game by the top line of the New York Islanders consisting of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo.
In the end, a 3-1 lead for the Leafs turned into a 7-3 defeat, at the hands of the worst period the Leafs have played all year. I have some data below. Figure out who to point fingers at. (This guy)
January 24 2013 04:05PM
Complementary to Cam's wonderful game preview from earlier (that you better read or you smell), here's some essentials for tonight's game.