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As we continue to wait for Stephane Robidas to make his on-ice debut in the blue and white, it makes sense to have a look at what we can expect from the experienced blueliner. Maple Leafs management appears to have high hopes that he can bring stability playing alongside one of their two young defenders, Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner. His veteran status and leadership will likely be all the more important to management now that injuries will prevent Henrik Tallinder from making the team and may prevent Cody Franson from playing  to start the season (as of this writing,...
Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Two

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My first post here at MLHS was an Introduction to Advanced Hockey Statistics, which I recommend you go read if you have not done so yet. In it I introduced the concept of WOWY statistics and WOWY analysis in player evaluation. In this post I am going to look into this deeper with examples and explain where and how you can get the data yourself. What are WOWY statistics? WOWY stands for With or Without You and essentially looks at pairs of players and how they perform together and how they perform apart. WOWY statistics typically consists of three groups for every...

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One of the more interesting developments in the beginning of Maple Leafs training camp has been the notion of reuniting Joffrey Lupul with Phil Kessel, which would drop James van Riemsdyk down a line. Would that idiot break up that line? You’re saying that . Or you’re going to say it if I do it. - Randy Carlyle on changing up the top line But should we? Let’s take a closer look at how JVR performed with Kessel this season, compared to how Lupul fared in the 2011-12 season.   There are a few things to keep in mind here when comparing the two:  The Leafs team...
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This past off season, Maple Leafs management brought in two veteran defensemen to replace some combination of Paul Ranger, Carl Gunnarsson and John-Michael Liles/Tim Gleason, with the goal of giving the defense a new look and hopefully reducing the number of shots the Leafs give up. This shouldn't be a difficult task, as last season the Leafs were easily the worst team in the NHL in shot attempt against rate. The question is: Are Robidas and Polak up for the task?  Let's have a look. In a recent post of mine at HockeyAnalysis.com, I looked at what I called CA60RelTM, which in long form can be...

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Morning Links.... MLHS What to Expect: Stephane Robidas Game Review: Preseason Game #8, Red Wings 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0 Randy Carlyle Post Game – Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 0 A WOWY Analysis Guide Game Review: Preseason Game #7, Maple Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Randy Carlyle Post Game – Leafs 3 vs. Sabres 2 (SO) Game Review: Preseason Game #5, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Sabres 4 Leafs Links Maple Leafs must wait for turnaround, Canadiens mix it up: Previewing Canada’s teams in the East Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs injuries could help Stuart Percy’s chances of making the NHL Tragically...

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As we continue to wait for Stephane Robidas to make his on-ice debut in the blue and white, it makes sense to have a look at what we can expect from the experienced blueliner. Maple Leafs management appears to have high hopes that he can bring stability playing alongside one of their two young defenders, Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner. His veteran status and leadership will likely be all the more important to management now that injuries will prevent Henrik Tallinder from making the team and may prevent Cody Franson from playing  to start the season (as of this writing,...

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This game was an abject waste of everybody’s time. On top of being one of the poorer-played games we’ve ever seen out of two NHL teams, the refs’ eagerness to call everything and anything made it a choppy, special-team-dominated affair. 18 minor penalties and one major penalty were assessed in sixty minutes of truly uninspiring hockey. The teams split 11 shots in the first period despite six penalties being assessed. The Maple Leafs won last night after allowing 38 shots on goal, and lost tonight after allowing just 17. The biggest positive after this eighth game of preseason: Just one more...
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Randy Carlyle addresses media following the Leafs 3-0 loss against the Red Wings in preseason game #8 on Monday night.

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The Maple Leafs trimmed the roster down to 29 earlier today, but even subtracting William Nylander and one of Colton Orr and Fraser McLaren, the Leafs still have 16 forwards vying for 12 spots. David Booth's foot fracture (out for at least a month) brings that total down to 15 for now. Still lots left to sort out with two games to go. We'll update with the defence pairs when they're known. Forwards Starting Goalie

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https://twitter.com/dalter/status/516619489467981825 https://twitter.com/dalter/status/516622009309351937 https://twitter.com/DamoSpin/status/516620983613280256 https://twitter.com/Sportsnet/status/516643281808412672 Depending on the health of certain players (Franson, Clarkson), Toronto's opening night roster *could* look something like: JvR-Bozak-Kessel Lupul-Kadri-Frattin Komarov-Santorelli-Leivo/Clarkson Winnik-Holland-Kozun Ashton Rielly-Phaneuf Gardiner-Robidas Percy-Polak Holzer Or Phaneuf-Robidas Gardiner-Polak Rielly-Holzer Percy Of note, and conspicuously absent from these lines is the two Maple Leaf enforcers, Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, who were not cut, but hopefully don't make it through camp. A number of MSM reporters still seem to think Orr will be there on line four on opening night. For tonight's game in Detroit, lines look to be: https://twitter.com/FAN590Walker/status/516624475635601408 Leafs Links A guide to WOWYs and how to use them - A new post at MLHS today from HockeyAnalysis.com's David Johnson 10 Leafs Moments as VLM Hit 5-Year Mark - Michael reflects...
Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Two

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My first post here at MLHS was an Introduction to Advanced Hockey Statistics, which I recommend you go read if you have not done so yet. In it I introduced the concept of WOWY statistics and WOWY analysis in player evaluation. In this post I am going to look into this deeper with examples and explain where and how you can get the data yourself. What are WOWY statistics? WOWY stands for With or Without You and essentially looks at pairs of players and how they perform together and how they perform apart. WOWY statistics typically consists of three groups for every...

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The Maple Leafs moved to 4-1-1 in preseason with a game that followed an awfully familiar script: The Leafs' first line was dangerous in both ends. The Leafs gave up way too many shots, including 15 in 13 minutes in the 2nd period, and 38 overall.  Jonathan Bernier was the Leafs' 1st star. The Leafs won an unconvincing game in a shootout. We won't hit the panic button until the results are similar with the full lineup, and system changes aren't learned and executed perfectly overnight, but the early signs could be more encouraging. A few other quick notes: David Booth left the game with a bruised foot from a shot block, but...