October 02 2011 08:56AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.
October 01 2011 10:11AM
Tonight the Leafs, depending on their performance, will either wrap up or wind down the 2011 Preseason. They have gone 4-3 over the past 7 games. It's meaningless but let's hope they can finish up with a win tonight against the Wings.
Pension Plan Puppets
September 30 2011 09:17PM
Somehow, an understrength Toronto Maple Leafs squad overcame the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime. *Checks calendar* Ah, it was the preseason. Well, that explains Mike Komisarek scoring the winning goal after absolutely dominating during his shift. Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves on 29 shots to bumps his preseason totals to 82 on 91 for a .901 save percentage. It's still not where it should be but it's progress.
More thoughts after the jump
September 30 2011 12:36PM
Puck Drops: 7:30 EST
Radio: AM640 (AM980 in London)
Additional tip: If you don't have LeafsTV, consider buying LeafsTV interactive; for a flat fee of $40, you get all preseason games (right, only two left, including tonight), all Sportsnet games, and some select TSN games to boot. It's a pretty good deal.
It's not every team that could lose three NHL centremen and still dress four more, even in a preseason game. Okay, so three out of four are marginal NHLers, but I'm not overly concerned. First, this is a preseason game, and the Leafs have nothing to lose by giving extra time to the likes of Philippe Dupuis, as he skates between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel. With the injury to Nazem Kadri, the forward corps is all but set, aside from some competition for fourth line spots, so it makes sense to focus on these players, anyway.
September 30 2011 06:27AM
A little over a week ago, Jonathan Willis looked at a number of respectable publications that were so bold as to make predictions about which team would fall into what place in the standings. It's all a bit of a crap-shoot (heck, some of the predictions out there are literally for the purposes of gambling) but the general consensus seems to be that the Leafs are not expected make the playoffs this coming season. Instead, the predictions have them finishing around 9th or 10th in the East.
After heaving an existential sigh, I'd have to agree that it certainly looks that way.