Preview: Game #25 Leafs @ Bruins - The Punk Test

Cam Charron
March 07 2013 03:55PM

That video is from the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won against the Boston Bruins. That was back on March 31st… 2011 which amounts to a seven-game losing streak against the Northeast Division rivals. They've been out-scored 37-10 and shutout three times. In that span of time, Boston has been the best team in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins, it can be argued, are the franchise the Leafs are trying to model themselves off of. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Boston Bruins are. In traditionalist hockey quarters, they're a team that's thrived on thuggery and toughness. When you pay closer attention to how they've built their team, you find that each player addition comes as the way of a methodical decision-making process.

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Maple Leafs scoring chances through 24 games

Cam Charron
March 07 2013 02:07PM

Through 24 games we've tracked the Toronto Maple Leafs. They've taken 230 scoring chances in that span of time and the opponents have taken 236. The team is mostly around even, and considering they've spent a lot of time through the first half of the season ahead, the ice has been naturally tilted against them.

So that's the good news. I've tallied up the individual totals from each game that I post in the game recaps, fix any errors with the data, and adjust them per 20 minutes. Here is the data after 24 games:

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LFR6 - Game 24 - The Forbidden Word

Steve Dangle
March 07 2013 10:56AM

I wanna say it, but I can't say it. But you know what I'm thinkin', right?


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"Never in doubt" - Toronto hang on for 5-4 win vs. Ottawa

Cam Charron
March 06 2013 08:59PM

Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive via Getty

First the good news.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won enough games during this percentage-driven run that they can go .500 from here on out and probably make the playoffs. The beauty of getting red-hot goaltenders at the start of a short season.

Now for the bad news.

Toronto got out-shot, out-played and out-chanced pretty bad against the Ottawa Senators, and even for fans who are watching this team without the blanket of a spreadsheet to form good and bad opinions about the hockey game, this is one they probably shouldn't have won. Ben Bishop looked out of sorts in the first period and didn't come up with any big stops. Opposite number James Reimer was excellent, with only Colin Greening's snack goal in the final two minutes marring his statistics in an otherwise fantastic performance.

More numbers and analysis below from the Leafs 5-4 win over the Sens…

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Preview: Game #24 Senators @ Leafs - Defensive struggle

Cam Charron
March 06 2013 03:25PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Matt Frattin again tonight, and have been without Joffrey Lupul for most of the season. That said, neither player is the play-driver on its respective line. Frattin's scoring has been immediately replaced by Nazem Kadri himself who has gone from setting up goals to scoring them himself. James van Riemsdyk, though he's scored just once in his last five, has done everything Lupul was expected to do, and more, for the Leafs on their first line.

The Ottawa Senators, concurrently, have sent a good number of players to the all-injured All-Star game. They're without their best forward in Jason Spezza, best defenceman in Erik Karlsson and best goaltender in Craig Anderson. After a five-game win streak at the start of these issues, the Senators have dropped three straight games to Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Islanders, although they've all been one-goal games.

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