December 02 2013 09:28AM
Jerred Smithson has played 12 games with Toronto, averaged 10:19 and recorded exactly one shot on goal.
One month into the season, and the Leafs' biggest struggle is offence. Anybody who saw that happening, raise your hand high into the air. No you didn't. Put it down, you liar.
Toronto was 5th in the NHL in goals last season and their biggest strength is the amount of speed and skill they have on the wings. Another strength is the sheer number of quality puck-moving defenceman they employ, so it should be a little surprising that the team is tied for 14th in the NHL with 2.67 goals per game. Michael Traikos notes that the Leafs scored 1.92 goals per game in November. When you break it down further, the reason becomes a little more apparent.
December 01 2013 04:57PM
On this episode, we talk about what the heck is wrong with the Leafs and World War II for some reason.
December 01 2013 01:34PM
It might just be a little losing streak, but this looks like it could be worse.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
December 01 2013 10:34AM
Hey, so I know everybody wants to pretend last night's Leafs game never happened. Maybe if your first reaction was to reach for alcohol, your memory may have just accomplished that (if so, congrats and seek help). But, before the big club began their loss in Montreal last night, the Toronto Marlies had an afternoon game against the Rochester Americans. The process? A little Leafs-like, but the result was different, as they won 3-2 over the Buffalo Sabres affiliate.
November 30 2013 09:04PM
Losing streaks suck, and it feels like it's been a long time since there's been any sort of air of vulnerability with regards to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even during the stretches last year when they were really chasing the game, they were winning games. The Leafs wrap up November with 11 points in 13 games. Last season, their worst 13-game stretch was 12 points, but that's a little corrupted thanks to a five-game losing streak from Games 25 to 29. The worry with the Leafs isn't the record, it's just that they haven't strung together any good play over a decent stretch since the solid start.
It's not consistency that's the issue, it's that the team is too consistent. Every game is the same story: the Leafs get out-shot, they'll take too many penalties, and the goaltending has to be close to perfect if they want a win. No different in Montreal Saturday night. They were out-shot 39-36 despite trailing for almost the entire game, and lost 4-2 to Le Club Hockey.