Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 11 2013 11:02AM
Dion Phaneuf's two game suspension has only added gasoline to a raging fire. That fire, of course, is the debate over just how bad the Leafs shot woes are. As we've all heard about a thousand times, Toronto is close to taking the fewest shots per game in the league, give up the most by a good chunk, and have one of the worst differentials in recorded NHL history. Some will yell "shot quality" and dismiss this as no big deal. Some will pull out a heap of advanced stastics and show that there is no good precedent for results like these.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet, and we won't get fancy with our stats. This is how bad the Leafs are at allowing shots.
December 10 2013 09:22PM
On this episode, Chris and Steve get into a sleep-deprived fight while Adam plays ish-disturber. And hockey probably.
December 10 2013 10:23AM
The Leafs are playing two of the NHL's top seven teams over the next three games, and Dion Phaneuf will not play in two of them.
December 09 2013 05:10PM
Brace yourselves. Deathcember is coming.
December 09 2013 11:20AM
The big news, I guess, is that Dion Phaneuf is facing a hearing for his hit on Kevan Miller at the conclusion of the Sunday game against Boston. While the Leafs were lucky enough that Nazem Kadri was suspended for a series of games that included Buffalo twice and the New York Islanders, the Maple Leafs can ill-afford to play Los Angeles and St. Louis without their top defenceman. So this could get interesting.
Onto other things:
I wasn't able to watch most of the Saturday game with sound, but I heard CBC's David Amber set up the game when the teams were skating onto the ice. He mentioned that the Ottawa Senators had been shorthanded more than any team in hockey. That can't be disputed, but it should be worth pointing out that the Senators (as of Monday morning) are fourth in the league in powerplay opportunities while the Toronto Maple Leafs are 28th.