November 16 2011 02:51PM
So, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur were both banged up last night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
News broke out today that Grabovski will miss at least two weeks. Since November games are so important, Ron Wilson was in full playoff mode and qualified the injury strictly as "lower body". Meanwhile, MacArthur left late in the second period after playing just ten shifts in the game, and Wilson wasn't discussing much about his status.
November 16 2011 11:01AM
The second iteration of the NHLNumbers Podcast features the regular crew from episode one (myself, Jon Willis and Justin Azevedo) as well as Gabriel Desjardins of behindthenet.ca and Arctic Ice Hockey fame. Gabe is one of the best minds in the world and pioneer when it comes to advanced hockey analysis so we were thrilled he was able to appear for the whole show.
November 16 2011 09:13AM
Games like this are the reason that, try as we might, we just cannot give up on the Leafs. 10 minutes into the first period it looked like “one of those nights” where anything that could go wrong, did. Adrian Aucoin knocked what would have been a breakaway pass to Lupul out of mid-air about a minute before Phaneuf mishandled a bouncing puck and tripped over the blueline to set up the first Yotes goal. Then a soft wrister from the point eludes every body in front to find its way into the back of the net. 2-0 Yotes, oh brother.
November 15 2011 02:31AM
For those of you that aren't aware, I've started tracking Leafs' scoring chances for and against in each game, and will be continuing this project throughout the year, publishing each individual game's numbers as the season progresses.
If you're looking for a description of my definition of a scoring chance, give this piece a read.
Starting on this project a bit late into the season has made it difficult to catch up, but I've finally done it. This post covers the Leafs' first 17 games of the season, though because it takes a while to compile all of the data in a useful way, I may not be doing these summative pieces very often. Consider this your first quarter report.
November 14 2011 07:50PM
Seeing Toronto’s penalty kill ranked dead last in the NHL isn’t really a surprise at any point in the season. In the last five years, the team’s best finish was 27th overall and there were a pair of dead-last seasons in there.
Yet, there’s reason to hope that this year’s group can improve at least a little from their putrid start on the penalty kill.