The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jan 12, 2017 - REAL All-Stars

Steve Dangle
January 12 2017 08:24PM

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On this episode, the guys point and laugh at Adam for being wrong, talk actual All-Stars, Kasperi Kapanen, Paul Maurice and the Winnipeg Jets, and more.

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If the market for a steady defenceman is bad, don't play it

Jeff Veillette
January 12 2017 12:44PM

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As the Toronto Maple Leafs prove to the mass of skeptics that they are, indeed, actually good, that same group has desperately searched for what the next step will be. Many in the mainstream media have agreed that acquiring a big-minute defenceman is important, and that the cost is likely going to be very steep.

Mark Spector of Sportsnet was the latest to weigh in yesterday.

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Marlies hang tight, but fall to WBS Penguins

Jeff Veillette
January 11 2017 07:55PM

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Normally, a 0.757 team taking on a 0.485 team wouldn't be considered a matchup worth putting emphasis on, but when it's the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Toronto Marlies, that rule is broken. The two teams have been among the best in the league in controlling play late in the game, which made this a more promising matchup than the standings showed; it was too, but it ended in a narrow regulation defeat for the home team.

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WWYDW: Hey now, you're an All-Star

Jeff Veillette
January 11 2017 06:32PM

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In case you didn't know already, Auston Matthews is an NHL All-Star and he's damn well sure of himself for it. Given the way the Leafs have played this year though, there were a few surprised that they didn't have more people participating; but that's a product of the system.

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How Good Are The Leafs: Belated December Edition

Dom Luszczyszyn
January 11 2017 12:25PM

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We're now in the fourth month of the season for the Buds and the temperature on the team has completely switched. Around this time last month there was a lot of pessimism around the team and for good reason after dropping easy games to the dregs of the league like Vancouver, Arizona and Colorado. Since then the Leafs have been on a tear and are currently in or barely out of a playoff spot depending on whether you look at it sensibly (points percentage) or not (points).

Since losing to the Coyotes, aka their last 10 games, the Leafs are 7-2-1 and #TheLeafsAreActuallyGood hashtag has sort of reached a fever pitch on the ol' Twitter dot com and while I was on the fence about it earlier in the year, this run has pushed me on to the other side with the rest of the crazies. This is a good team. A good team that will fight for the playoffs and in fact has a pretty good chance of getting in themselves.

Before the season started I projected that the Leafs would be around an 87 point team based on a model using Game Score which measures the value of each player in the league. That would put them in the middle camp: not quite playoff calibre, but not a flaming pile of garbage either. Right now, they're set to surpass those expectations as they're on pace for 93 points. In fact, they even be a little better than that.

Here's how good the Leafs are, right now, according to Game Score, and a look at who's driving those results.

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