Leafs vs Thrashers - There Will Be Goals

SkinnyFish
February 07 2011 12:57PM

( The aftermath of the Thrashser Guardian's fight with the Maple Leaf Guardian )

Someone dumb once said "Goaltending in overrated." However tonight, he couldn't be anymore correct. The Thrashers and Maple Leafs have met twice before this season and scored a combined 21 goals. The first game was a 6-3 win for the team from Hotlanta and the second a 9-3 drubbing by the Leafs. Even more impressive that seeing 10.5 goals a game? The fact that Toronto scored 7 of their 12 goals against Atlanta while on the powerplay, going a combined 7 for 11. To put that into a little perspective, without the two Atlanta games the Leafs season long PP% falls from 17.1% to 14.5%. Thank you Atlanta. Since that 9-3 game however, the Leafs PP has only gone 4 for 36, good for an 11.1% conversion rate and just god awful. Their PP is absolutely brutal to watch. It’s like a game of rod hockey where you only think to move the guy with the puck and leave the other 4 players motionless on the ice. Yet somehow this remedial strategy seems to work against the Thrashers, too bad we only play them 4 times a year then.

More on this game after the jump.

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And then Phil said to Ron...

Steve Lansky
February 07 2011 09:02AM

“Me and the (coach) don’t really talk and that’s all I got to say about that.” Atta boy, Phil Kessel. Way to step up and move the project forward. So, in light of your unbelievable lack of professionalism, let’s pretend, for just a moment, that you and the heartless suit that paces behind the Leafs’ bench actually were talking. That you actually do have discourse once in a while. That you both want to improve the club. Here’s how that conversation might go…

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Game #52 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Sabres, Feb. 5/11 (6-2 Loss)

Slava Duris
February 07 2011 09:01AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 785

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Phil Kessel's Frustrated: You Would Be Too

Chemmy
February 07 2011 08:04AM

Phil Kessel's comments that "It might not be working out here" via the National Post have hockey fans wondering exactly what he means. Is Kessel unhappy in Toronto? Is Kessel frustrated by his recent slump?

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The First Overall Pick: Avoid Nugent-Hopkins

Jonathan Willis
February 05 2011 09:39PM

 

 

As it stands today, at least four players have a legitimate shot at going first overall: defenceman Adam Larsson of the Swedish Elite League, and forwards Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog.

After looking through the numbers, I’m convinced that Nugent-Hopkins would be the wrong selection.

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