3

Die Hards v Band Wagon

Consider the bandwagon jumping Leafs fan. They come out en masse every spring for playoff time or can be spied in lesser numbers after a 4 game win streak. With their "suits," "ties" and "actual girlfriends," they strut into the bar and spew what ever regurgitated stats they can remember and claim to have spotted…

1

Game Preview: Maple Leafs v. Lightning

        Record 8-11-3, 19 points 13-8-3, 29 points PP % 15.2%, 21st 23.4%, 5th PK % 73.1%, 29th 87.5%, 3rd Goals For 48 73 Goals Against 61 78 Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Tampa Bay Lightning. As has often been the case since the lockout, the Lightning are a horrible hockey team…

5

Outhustled, Outmuscled, and Outthought

  As you can see by the scoreline, Friday night’s Leafs-Sabres game was still very much in the balance with just under ten minutes left in the game. Francois Beauchemin was about to waltz into the offensive zone with some speed. Then he decided to make a play the Leafs had made a few times…

3

TOO MUCH GLARE FOR THESE LEAFS

I have a theory. I keep coming back to it then summarily dismissing it. But, today, I can’t dismiss it. It’s a small theory about why the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to struggle year after year after year. Call me crazy, but what if the players on the team simply can’t stand playing in such…

Leafs’ Scoring Chances through Nov. 27/10, by Individual

We’ve gone by the first quarter pole of the regular season, so I thought now would be a good time to see where the Maple Leafs stand as far as scoring chances go. To get the gist of how chances are counted, see my first post at LeafsNation. We’ll be looking over player statistics in…

1

Game Preview: Maple Leafs at Senators

Record 8-10-3, 19 points 10-12-1, 21 points PP % 15.7%, 19th 17.3%, 12th PK % 74.2%, 29th 80.0%, 22nd Goals For 48 54 Goals Against 58 71 The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to rebound from a dispiriting loss to the Buffalo Sabres Friday night. By the time they woke up last night they were already down…

0

Pythagorean Expectations

Pioneered by Bill James in baseball pythagorean expectations basically state something obvious; if you want to win you should outscore your opponent and teams that outscore their opponents by a lot win more than teams that don’t. For more pythagorean background check out this post I wrote last year about how the Leafs save percentage affected…

2

IT’S DONE – MONSTER’S NO. 1

With a tip of the hat to the second-funniest film of all-time, Airplane!, I have a simple goaltending question for Leafs’ fans: Who’s number one? Who’s the head man, the top dog, the big cheese? When J-S Giguère’s groin has returned to health, is he still Ron Wilson’s guy? Does he step right back into…

6

Game Preview: Maple Leafs @ Sabres

      Record 8-9-3, 19 points 8-12-3, 19 points PP % 16.9%, 15th 12.4%, 26th PK % 75.8%, 28th 80.5%, 22nd Goals For 47 58 Goals Against 55 69 The Toronto Maple Leafs travel down the QEW to take on the Buffalo Sabres. I’m not sure what the opposite of a happy hunting ground would be but…

2

KESSEL, YOU’VE GOT SOME ‘SPLAININ’ TO DO

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?…