Questionable officiating; coaching costs Leafs in 5-3 loss to Flyers

Cam Charron
April 04 2013 08:56PM

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The officiating was bad in Thursday's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Leafs were cost at least three powerplays in that game. Jay McClement was taken down midway through the second period at the top of the circle after a turnover. Nazem Kadri was tripped up on a zone entry late in the third. The winning goal was clear goaltender interference on the part of Adam Hall. Joffrey Lupul was also hit in the head and left the game.

BUT! One thing I want to stress, one thing that I'm quite sure none of the afternoon radio shows will discuss, was a coaching decision by Randy Carlyle late in the third period. Down 4 to 3 with 4:45 to go, the Flyers sent out their fourth line of Sean Couturier, Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill for a defensive zone draw. Carlyle pondered the matchup. After a TV timeout, he had a fairly rested lineup. The players he throws over the boards?

Jay McClement, Colton Orr, Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles and Mike Kostka.

The Maple Leafs lost 5-3.

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Preview: Game #37 Flyers @ Leafs - Bryzga-let me out of here!

Cam Charron
April 04 2013 03:49PM

What do you get when you cross a team with an overworked goalie, a solitary forward unit with positive puck-possession statistics? The 2013 Philadelphia Flyers. All you need to know:

Of all the statistics I compile when looking up teams, the one that stood out the most to me was Ilya Bryzgalov's 34 starts as a Flyers goaltender this season. The team has played just 36 games. He has started games six times in back-to-back situations, and tonight will be his seventh.

The Flyers repaid his efforts by going out and paying a human being and an actual draft pick for Steve Mason.

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Joe Colborne Called Up

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 04 2013 01:27PM

Making their first post-deadline roster move, the Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Joe Colborne from the Toronto Marlies today, bringing the team back up to a full roster. Opinions are back and forth on this move. I’m in a weird spot where I see why it’s being done, but don’t necessarily agree with it being the best choice. Here are some things to consider..

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Maple Leafs scoring chances through 36 games

Cam Charron
April 04 2013 12:03PM

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After our last update, the Toronto Maple Leafs were still out-chancing the opposition despite getting out-shot most nights, but their bad habits caught up to them in the third quarter of our shortened season.

I have so far counted 374 chances against the Leafs at even strength, and 356 for the Leafs. That's just even strength, since thanks to a strong penalty kill, the Leafs are overall out-chancing their opposition once you factor in special teams, 474-469.

For individual differentials for players, as well as some explanation into what a scoring chance is, click past the jump.

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If O'Byrne forces Gardiner out of the lineup, that's a problem

Cam Charron
April 03 2013 03:31PM

We know from earlier that Ryan O'Byrne is an unspectacular, yet usable defenceman that was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth round pick. The fourth round pick hardly matters. Few fourth round picks become National Hockey Leaguers, and after about the second round teams will go into the depth sections of consensus boards and dig 6'8" defencemen out of Austria playing in the Swiss junior league.

As with the Korbinian Holzer contract, this trade indicates something worse, that the Maple Leafs current process for making decisions is flawed. I like the deal for O'Byrne in a vaccuum, since he can immediately jump on the ice and play with John-Michael Liles or Carl Gunnarsson in 2nd pairing minutes. That opens up Dion Phaneuf to play alongside Cody Franson, and gives room on the third pairing for a Jake Gardiner-Mike Kostka pairing in sheltered minutes.

Except it may not be that way.

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