Nation World HQ
October 13 2014 06:00AM
The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week: Don Cherry and the Leafs, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jeff Petry, Mason Raymond and more.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 12 2014 08:51PM
When I went on that rant about the guy who threw his jersey on the ice last night, one of the things that I stressed was that anything can happen in a sample of two games - especially the first two of the year. You have a 25% chance of being 0-2, just like you do of being 2-0. That's assuming you're not facing better teams than you, which the Habs and Penguins were.
One would have thought the New York Rangers were as well, but that didn't stop the Leafs from breaking free from the poor start and unleashing their best offensive performance in a long time, winning 6-3 over the Blueshirts.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 12 2014 07:52PM
One of the great things about the oddity that is the AHL schedule is the fact that most teams will face the same opponent twice in an opening weekend. Why is this great? It gives the chance to hammer home or brush away any narrative from the opening game. Win the first one? You won't leave the weekend on a high unless you win the second. Lose it? You have a chance at redemption. That chance was what the Toronto Marlies had today, and they earned it, with an overtime victory.
October 12 2014 06:14PM
Johnson off to Strong Start in Sweden
Enough can't be said of Andreas Johnson's start to the year. Before his SHL regular season even began, Johnson and his Frolunda Indians dominated the double round-robin portion of the Champions Hockey League. In five CHL games so far, Johnson has amassed eight goals and 17 points, good for second in tournament scoring behind teammate Mathis Olimb. Read that again... 17 points! In five games! #nails
October 12 2014 02:42PM
The Leafs lost last night, bad. Jerseys were tossed in disgust. It was just ugly. I happened to be there last night, and the crowd was either completely dead or not even remotely pleased with what was happening on the ice. The Leafs were just completely out-classed by a much better Penguins team who ran roughshod over a Leafs system that looks exactly the same as it did last year. In short, the Leafs are just a mess right now, but I'm not sure why people are surprised. This is what the team looks like when you take out-of-this-world goaltending out of the equation. Placed side by side against a contender, it's clear that the Leafs just aren't good enough right now.
The good news is that today's a new day and a new game. The bad news is that it's against another good team playing in their home opener, the Rangers.