KESSEL, YOU'VE GOT SOME 'SPLAININ' TO DO

Steve Lansky
November 25 2010 09:11AM

About twenty games into any NHL season, there are always aspects of any team that very few saw coming. Steven Stamkos’ torrid goal-scoring start in Tampa Bay falls into that category. So do the struggles of the New Jersey Devils. What about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ start surprises you? Is it Luke Schenn’s defensive prowess? Maybe it’s Nazem Kadri’s return from AHL exile to provide a much-needed offensive spark. Here are the three biggest Leafs’ shockers, to me, twenty games into this 2010-11 NHL season.

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Game #20: Dallas @ Toronto, Nov. 22, 2010 (4-1 Win)

Slava Duris
November 22 2010 08:41PM

Here are the scoring chances that I counted from the game against the Dallas Stars.  I will be tracking scoring chances for each Leafs game and posting the results here at LeafsNation throughout the season.  You can check out my blog Under the Helmet for results from previous games this season and last season.

The Leafs outchanced the Stars 14-13 in a game that was fairly light on high quality shots.  Read on for the game log, individual data on each Leaf player, and team scoring chance data by period and game state.

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BRAD RICHARDS? NO, THANKS!

Steve Lansky
November 22 2010 11:42AM

There is no rumour mill like the Toronto rumour mill. We can all agree on that. And, right now, Brad-Richards-to-the-Leafs is in the hopper, ready to be ground up and spit out. On behalf of all Leafs’ fans everywhere, I’m happy to say, “No, thank you” to the prospect of Richards coming to Toronto. Not interested. Not under any circumstances. Let him ultimately skate his way into retirement elsewhere.

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Game Preview: Maple Leafs at Canadiens

Pension Plan Puppets
November 20 2010 01:58PM


 

 

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Record

7-8-3, 17 points

12-6-1, 25 points

PP %

17.7%, 13th

14.9%, 22nd

PK %

76.3%, 28th

90.1%, 1st

Goals For

43

49

Goals Against

52

39

The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens in the NHL's 50,000th game. They also met in the first NHL game ever. That's some crazy symmetry. There are a number of incredible stats that have come out of the first 49,999 games. But there's really only one thing on the minds of the fans of both franchises: the sad passing of Pat Burns, a former coach of both teams. He was one of only two men to ever take the helm behind the bench for both clubs.

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LEAFS' FANS WILL NEVER FORGET BURNS

Steve Lansky
November 20 2010 08:38AM

It’s highly appropriate that the Leafs and Canadiens face each other on Saturday night in Montreal. Prior to the game, there will be a wonderful moment to remember a storied individual with both franchises, the late Pat Burns. While on this earth, Pat was denied the honour of a Hockey Hall of Fame induction. Saturday night will be a small measure of respect for someone who deserved so much more.

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