March 17 2011 09:16PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21059
You can't sugar coat this one; just an excruciating game to sit through if you're a Leafs fan. However, noteworthy for the Leafs lack of scoring chances; I counted the lowest number of chances for Toronto since I started tracking scoring chances over a year ago.
March 17 2011 03:06PM
Just listen to Pierre McGuire on the first goal against Reimer. The shot gets by him, through traffic, and he immediately starts prattling on and on about how James Reimer keeps his glove hand low and other teams know that and now teams are shooting glove side high and that's how James Reimer got beat.
Pierre McGuire: A lot of people talking about shooting high on James Reimer cause his glove is low. Let's see where his glove is in this situation. ... He elevates the puck doesn't look like there's a lot of traffic watch where the glove is it's down by [Reimer's] hip. That might have been touched going in. That being said a lot of teams are elevating the puck on James Reimer.
There's only one problem with that: the shot was tipped by Chad LaRose standing in front of the net and went under Reimer's glove as he butterflyed.
March 17 2011 07:27AM
So, this is the Dion Phaneuf we've been waiting for. This is the guy that Flames' fans saw in his rookie season. This is the guy who was Pierre McGuire's "Monster" every single time he played. And, boy, did Dion ever pick the right time to find his game in Toronto. But there’s more to the Leafs’ D, right now, than just Phaneuf. It’s a Three-Headed Monster.
March 16 2011 07:50PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number
March 16 2011 02:42PM
Avalanche blogger Jibblescribbits went to the trouble to figure out a way to value NHL draft picks to determine their relative worth here (go read it now, I'll wait).
I went ahead and started with this approximation:
Or Player Value = (Career TOI/g) / (Position average TOI/g)
I decided that a player who plays more would, on most occasions, be a better player than one who played little minutes.