October 15 2011 09:29PM
Like in their previous two starts, the Leafs took the first period to wake up, and quickly fell behind 2-0 to a hard-working Calgary Flames team. A defensive miscommunication between Nikolai Kulemin and John-Michael Liles, and a bad bounce off a Leafs' defenceman's skate both left Reimer with almost no chance.
Luckily for the Leafs, Calgary had some trouble staying out of the box. The Leafs never scored on the PP, but it definitely helped to keep the puck out of their end while they remembered how to play hockey.
October 15 2011 04:24PM
Somewhat depressing fact of the day (via our sister site LeafsNation): the Calgary Flames only have one player that they've drafted in the lineup in David Moss. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs have two players that the Flames have drafted in Dion Phaneuf and Matthew Lombardi.
This is true even with 20-year old rookie Roman Horak in the line-up: he was drafted by the New York Rangers. Of course Jarome Iginla (drafted by Dallas) was groomed here and Mark Giordano was technically a Flames draft pick seeing as they signed him as a free agent out of junior...still, definitely an area the organization has to improve.
Pension Plan Puppets
October 15 2011 01:38PM
Talk about going back in time...
Finally, the Toronto Maple Leafs have come back to play some hockey. After a ridiculous week off, they've jumped into their time machine to play the 2008-2009 Maple Leafs. Sorry, my mistake, they're playing the Calgary Flames.
Lineups and thoughts after the jump.
October 14 2011 07:03PM
After a summer of sloth, our review of some of the recent events of note from around the league returns Nationwide. In this iteration of the round-up, the Flames snap out of it, the Oilers sleep through another night in St. Paul, and the Jets get a reality check in the Windy City.
October 14 2011 04:52PM
Last night, watching the negative reaction to Tom Renney’s selection of Shawn Horcoff for shootout duty, I was struck by how poorly a player’s shootout ability is reflected in his overall offensive totals (Horcoff has, when used, been one of the league’s best shootout options).
So I decided to look at who the worst shootout players in the game (min. 20 shots) have been, and it’s quite a list. Among the skaters on the list are numerous major award winners – guys who have led the league in total goals, total points, and been named the NHL’s most valuable player. The Canucks, Oilers and Maple Leafs are all represented. One of them even shows up on the highlight video above. Like I said, it’s quite a list.