Three goalie controversies worth following

Cam Charron
November 06 2011 10:05AM

 

There has been a lot of talk in Vancouver recently about goaltenders and whether Roberto Luongo is the right guy to carry this team. But early in the season, this is a narrative that carries across many hockey markets, and, valid or not, the play of a goaltender is one that dominates headlines as the goalie is the most important player on the team. Here are three goalie controversies that bear slightly more weight than the Luongo/Cory Schneider discussions, and may have stronger repurcussions repercussions as well.

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Not As Bad As Columbus - Oh, Wait.

JP Nikota
November 05 2011 08:35PM

Let's hope that losing 6-2 a few weeks ago, and 7-0 tonight to the Boston Bruins prompts some kind of change in strategy from Wilson and his players going forward. Like, playing hockey, as opposed to not.

To be honest, the Leafs didn't play an awful first period. Yes, the penalty kill looked weak as Tyler Seguin scored his first of three (sigh), but the Leafs had a couple good chances, and wound up out-shooting the B's 7-5. A 1-0 deficit going into the second period obviously wasn't good, but after the Leafs' 6-2 loss the last time these two teams met, it was a lot more palatable.

The fact that the Leafs were able to stay off the PK for the rest of the game is about the best thing that could be said, tonight.

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Leafs Start Scrivens Again

Jonathan Willis
November 05 2011 12:58PM

Fresh off a Thursday night win over Columbus where he stopped 38 of 39 shots, Ben Scrivens will once again start for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they face the defending champion Bruins tonight.

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Leafs' Scoring Chances After Six Games

JP Nikota
November 05 2011 11:17AM

OK so it's only six games, but the main intention of this post is simply make you all aware that I have started tracking scoring chances for and against the Toronto Maple Leafs this year. I'm a bit late to the party - not everyone realized that Slava Duris was unable to do it this year - but I'm in the process of catching up on games, and as soon as I'm there, I'll begin posting this information on a game-by-game basis, so stay tuned.

Below the jump is a chart that shows each player's chances for (green), and against (red), in EV, PP, and PK game states. For reference, I've also thrown in their total TOI in each category to help make sense of which player is most productive/counterproductive in this regard.

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Ron Wilson, Difference Maker

Jonathan Willis
November 04 2011 04:11PM

Ron Wilson has always been one of the more interesting coaches to follow in the NHL. Aside from his gruff temperament, he’s also heavily involved in using new technology to help him coach, and using advanced statistical measures to make player decisions. He’s an innovator, and that makes him a fascinating coach to study.

He also seems to have discovered something that most NHL teams are still blind to.

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