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Analyzing Toronto’s Game Score from February

After every month of hockey it’s good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That’s my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October’s here, November’s here, December’s here and January’s here. For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it’s a single number stat meant to measure single game productivity…

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How Good Are The Leafs: January Edition

Photo Credit: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY SPORTS My apologies for slacking for the delay as this “January” update has now turned into a mid-February one. Well, happy Valentine’s Day from me to you as I provide a monthly update of how good this team is. It is now month five of the season, we’re hitting the…

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Analyzing Toronto’s Game Score from January

Photo Credit: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY SPORTS After every month of hockey (and sorry we’re late on this), it’s good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That’s my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October’s here, November’s here and December’s here. For…

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Auston Matthews Is Better Than I Ever Expected

Photo Credit: Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY SPORTS Auston Matthews is really good. Like really, really good. Like “I thought he’d be this good in five years good.” Like he’s already better than pretty much every other centre in the league good. Like I’m already picturing what his banner would look like in the ACC rafters good….

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How Good Are The Leafs: Belated December Edition

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS 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…

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Analyzing Toronto’s Game Score from December

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS After every month of hockey, it’s good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That’s my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October’s here and November’s here. For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it’s a single number stat meant…

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How Good Are The Leafs: November Edition

Photo Credit: John. E Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS We’re now in the third month of the season, so it’s time to get an update on just how good this Leafs team is. I know some people are getting more pessimistic with each passing game as the Leafs dropped a winnable game to arguably the league’s worst…

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Analyzing Toronto’s Game Score from November

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY SPORTS After every month of hockey, it’s good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That’s my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October’s here. (Apologies for the lateness here, Corsica didn’t update right away…

The Extra 2% Continued: A Response to A Response

Embed from Getty Images Earlier this week I wrote a piece about improvements that can be made at the margins of a hockey team. The basic premise was that fourth lines and third pairs move the needle much more than most think and based on my model, a switch from Ben Smith, Roman Polak, and Matt Hunwick…

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Fourth Lines, Third Pairs and The Extra 2%

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS Back in the summer of 2013, before hockey analytics really became a part of the mainstream lexicon, there was an article posted on Yahoo on Kyle Dubas. I’ll never forget the lead to that article: “One of the first things Kyle Dubas did when he became the general manager…

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Leafs Postgame: Hurricanes Blow Leafs Away

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS The Leafs fell 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight and if that surprised you, I’m not sure what to tell you. Midweek game? Check. Sunbelt team? Check. Former Leaf scores winner? Check. This game was as traditional as you’ll see this year from the Leafs. Let’s recap what happened and…

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LGD: Return Of A Leafs Legend

Embed from Getty Images The Leafs welcome back a storied member of their past tonight at the Air Canada Centre, as Seth Griffith returns for his first game against his former team. There will be many spirited battles as life-long friends become on-ice foes, and it should be a hard fought affair. As is tradition…