October 16 2012 09:01AM
An opening season win, on the strength of sizzling power play, firing three goals turned ice cold and blanked in a dozen opportunities.
The power play was a point of contention last season. With a static umbrella formation with little movement and net presence, the Marlies power play became easy to defend against, and ended up scoring 10 goals on 84 opportunities in the playoffs (11.9%), including a 2-for-26 run in the Calder Cup Finals.
A difference in the structure had two point men and a lot of the puck movement down low. When either point men Jake Gardiner or Mike Kostka jumped in down low, they had coverage and support.
Sunday's showing against the Lake Erie Monsters showed the tendency of players trying to force the play when there are few options, and how it evolved as the game wore on and urgency became a factor. This was evident most in the Marlies star blueliner and forwards, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri.
October 15 2012 10:12PM
Privyet, homies! Steve Dangle again with Andrey Osadchenko doing highlights showing today's KHL action. Lots of guys you know playing and having an impact - Evgeni Malkin, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski, Nail Yakupov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Karri Ramo, and more.
October 15 2012 12:19PM
Is there a trade imminent???
Leafs goalie James Reimer on the ice with locked-out #Canucks at UBC this morning.— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) October 15, 2012
Leafs goalie James Reimer skating with Canucks. Perhaps a Bieksa Buddy for charity game.— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) October 15, 2012
Although Brad Ziemer and Ben Kuzma are two totally different people, they have similar sounding names and thus easy to mix up. However, they work for competing news outlets and both have independently reported that James Reimer is practicing with the Vancouver Canucks at UBC.
What does it all mean?
October 14 2012 05:55PM
Well, this SHOULD be my first post-game video for the Leafs' home opener vs the Habs, but instead, I'm going on rant mode. Oh, and you can win a wicked-sweet Jake Gardiner rookie card. I know, right?!
October 14 2012 04:50PM
I don't want to be "that guy" who harps on every baseball opinion thrown out by a member of the mainstream press, but sometimes they're just too dumb to pass up.
This is Steve Simmons, a guy who works for the Toronto Sun and TSN. He is a full-time sportswriter. He makes well more than I do, yet he talks about sports like that asshole at your work talks about sports: He judges who is good and who is bad based on who the commentators talk about the most.