January 29 2015 12:00PM
For all the talk lately about how bad the Leafs have been, the Coyotes have been just as terrible. Well, almost as terrible. Both of these teams are on seven game losing streaks, but the Coyotes have two shootout loses versus the Leafs one, so "take that Toronto!" say all 50 Coyotes fans.
With that being said, the Leafs are playing for the second consecutive night after
tying losing on the road to the Devils last night, 2-1 in a shootout. This will be the 12th time Toronto is playing on consecutive days, with a record of 5-5-1 in the second game of these situations. Unfortunately for the Leafs, they've decided to go with Jonathan Bernier in net again, and if history tells us anything, it's that starting a goalie on consecutive nights is never a good idea.
January 29 2015 10:56AM
January 28 2015 10:08PM
Every week, all of the TLN writers call dibs on which pregame and postgame posts they'd like to write. For some reason, I told my friends and colleagues that I'd take tonight's postgame. Why? Why did I do that?
New Jersey is one of those teams that bores me to tears. By the third period of Devils games, sports bars across the city start brewing fresh pots of coffee to help keep everyone awake. Maybe it's because the Devils play a tight, defensive system. Or maybe it's because New Jersey is just as much a retirement community as it is a hockey team.
Either way, this is why it's so exponentially more frustrating to watch the Leafs lose to them, for their seventh straight loss, in a shoot out, by a score of 2-1. God, that's annoying.
January 28 2015 07:24PM
There's been a lot of talk - and I mean a lot of talk - about the possibility of Cody Franson being traded. Arguably the Leafs' best defender this season, Franson becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Leafs only have so much cap space available. As in, not nearly enough cap space available for what Franson would and should command on the open market.
January 28 2015 11:43AM
It's been 19 days since the last Leafs win. It's been 28 days since the last Leafs win against a real team (one that's playoff-bound). It's been 43 days since the last Leafs regulation win against a real team. To put it simply, it's been a tough couple of weeks here in Leaf land.
Carlyle was fired about halfway through the downward spiral, and while the process has been better, the results haven't followed. Tonight's game against an awful Devils team should be a chance to reverse that. Whether that's actually in the Leafs best interest is a different story for a different day.