October 31 News and Notes

                   All Hallows Eve is here in all its glory, with children headed to the door this evening in search of treats their parents would never let them near any other night, and those same parents openly regretting the sugar rush they’re about to bestow on said…



Jonas Gustavsson played very, very well through almost the entire game, but wound up allowing an absolutely Toskalian goal at 7:08 of the third period to sink the Leafs. That said, even though such a weak goal wound up being the difference, the Leafs had far from their best outing tonight, and blame cannot rest…



Another week in the NHL season is now in the can and as expected Phil Kessel leads the league in points, Nikolai Khabilbulin has the lowest GAA among goalies and the Oilers are in first place in the West. No, you haven’t accidentally stumbled through a worm hole into a parallel universe. This is NationRadio.



The old cartoon reference may be lost on some folks, but if you saw the game, you’d have to agree, anyway. Jonas Gustavsson played his best game so far this season, and helped hold down the fort in the third so the Leafs could come away with a 4-3 win. Sure, he was beaten three…


Maple Leafs – Penguins Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that Bob Cole will broadcast. That’s the good news. Jonas Gustavsson is starting for the Maple Leafs and Brent Johnson will take a turn spelling Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins. That could be bad news. Leafs lineup after the jump along with a demand for…


The Leafs and Rangers Shift by Shift

At the end of the third period last night I wondered aloud, Hey, is Brad Richards playing tonight? A few other people on Twitter had asked the same question. He was practically invisible all night. I think the fact that he saw 10 of his 19 at even strength against Phaneuf and Gunnarsson had a…


An Attempt At A Defensive Puck Possession Metric

I’ve been scratching my head for a while now, trying to come up with a puck possession metric that focuses on defense rather than offense-driven numbers. I mean, if you’re Anton Volchenkov, you might be responsible for preventing a lot of goals, but there’s always the chance that last year’s New Jersey forwards were incapable…


Reimer’s Reactions

This is an article about James Reimer’s post-goal body language. Before I begin, I should point out that this post comes with a number of caveats. First, I should point out that I am making no guesses about what goes on in Reimer’s head. I don’t know if he’s feeling confident or not, or what…


How Long Does Jonas Gustavsson Have?

In some ways, being a goaltender is like being the leader of a political party. There are limited opportunities at the highest level, and many candidates vying for them. There are star candidates and unknowns, with the latter succeeding almost as often as the former. Both goalies and political leaders often find themselves blamed with…


Leafs vs. Rangers: Find Something Better To Do Tonight

                       Tonight marks the 590th meeting between these two Original Six franchises. The Leafs enter the game with a 5-2-1 record and a healthy Tim Connolly for the first time this season. Will he mesh with Kessel? Will he help our beleaguered PP? Will he spontaneously…