LGD – Tanks Vs. Jets

The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets faced off, Dustin Byfuglien was a one-man wrecking crew; the kind of force that could stop a tank in its tracks, rough it up, and after 60 minutes or so let that tank roll along its happy merry way. Byfuglien had a goal, an assist, laid a bunch of people out flat, and the Jets won by a lopsided score of 5-1. 

Tonight, the Jets will move Byfuglien up to forward… Byfuglien on the forecheck gives me nightmares.

The Leafs

The big news for tonight’s game is that Joffrey Lupul will return to the lineup, which means that last night’s lone goal scorer, Brandon Kozun, is coming out. That won’t really help anything, maybe other than Lupul’s trade value. Captain Dion Phaneuf took part in this morning’s team skate, but won’t be dressing for tonight’s game (as expected). So, you’re pretty much left with this…

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My God. That defence.

The Jets

Did you know that the Winnipeg Jets are sixth in the entire league in SAT% with a 52.40 rating? That’s the NHL’s new name for Corsi For %, by the way. And a 52.40% is pretty damn good! The Jets are a good team that lacks high-end talent, but play a sound, puck possession game. The Leafs, if you’re interested and/or want to sob, are 26th in the league with a 45.86%.

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Starting Goaltenders

What To Watch For

  • STAN

    Random thought.

    I watch a guy like Adam Glendening playing beautifully on the Canucks’ defence and it makes me wonder where the Leafs crack executive legal team of Shanahan Nonis Hunter & Dubas were when that went down.

    • Benjamin

      Where were Shanahan, Nonis, Hunter, and Dubas? Clendending was probably not marketed to all 30 NHL organizations. It was almost certainly a trade where Chicago was targeting a specific player (Gustav Forsling) and had to give up something for him. Therefore, how the hell would the Leafs organization even know that Clendening was being shipped? To think that Leafs management can suddenly just take away the trading rights from all other teams and be the only ones able to negotiate is ludicrous.

      Also, you have to look at what was going the other way. In my opinion, Forsling has a much higher ceiling than Clendening. A truly dominant performance at the World Juniors.