December 17 2014 12:30PM
It's the same story, different year it seems. Night after night, the Leafs get out-shot, out-played, out-possessed, but almost never outscored. The Leafs are currently on a 10-1-1 streak right now playing some very good teams in the process and beating them handily to boot. But they haven't played all that great, they've just been scoring by the boatloads while the goaltenders bail them out.
The truth is, this happens to every team, even bad ones. Buffalo was on a 10-3-0 tear before last night and for a while Calgary seemed destined for the playoffs with an Avalanche-like season. But the smoke and mirrors of PDO-fueled play almost never lasts, and surely any Leafs fan (painfully) knows that by now.
At the same time, it's obviously a bit curious that this sort of thing happens to the Leafs every single year, like clockwork. The rule of thumb is that all teams' PDO will regress towards 100, but there always exceptions to the rule.
December 17 2014 12:27PM
Sounds right. I think they can sneak him though. RT @FAN590Walker Leafs will place Brandon Kozun on waivers today.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 17, 2014
It was fun watching Kozun go all-out in training camp and force the Leafs, who had finally done away with facepunching lines, into keeping him aboard. But an early-season ankle injury threw things off the rails and now it looks like there simply isn't room for him in a healthy lineup.
Given the way teams have been acting on the waiver wire this season, many aren't expecting Kozun to get claimed by another club, but he's definitely not a lock to clear either. We'll find out at noon tomorrow if he's off to a new city or headed to the Ricoh.
December 17 2014 07:16AM
With a few more cuts on the way for Team Canada ahead of the annual World Junior tournament, Leafs' prospect Frederik Gauthier appears to be a last-minute decision.
McKenzie on WJC cuts: "(Samuel) Morin and (Frederik) Gauthier need to have strong games against the Russians on Friday night."— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) December 17, 2014
December 16 2014 11:21PM
On this episode, we try to fix the Edmonton Oilers from top to bottom and look at the Leafs' hot streak.
December 16 2014 09:41PM
I'm not one for trivial things like "win-loss records" or "standings". I'm a simple man who believes that if you beat the best team in hockey, you become the best team in hockey. Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Ducks, who are the best team in hockey, so the Toronto Maple Leafs are now the best team in hockey. It's simple science.