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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...
Stephane Robidas

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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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Most fans had Randy Carlyle fired before the 2013-14 season ended.  He wasn't. Instead, Toronto's front office opted to extend the former Norris trophy winner.  Quotables citing Carlyle's experience and Stanley Cup-winning pedigree have been bandied about as support.  Even his detractors are unlikely to admit his retention immediately spells the end of this year's playoff hopes.  But a failure to significantly overhaul his defensive system of the past two seasons is likely to do exactly that. By now, you're all familiar with the infamous "swarm" tactic that the Leafs have employed (unsuccessfully) since the beginning of the 2012 season.  Many recognize it as...

Toronto Maple Leafs - Recent Posts

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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...
Randy Carlyle

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Randy Carlyle addresses the media following the Leafs 3-2 shootout win against the Sabres on Sunday night.

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With three preseason games remaining, the pace should start to ramp up as the vets begin to ramp things up to regular season intensity and the roster spot battles come down to the wire. Stephane Robidas has been cleared for contact, so he'll begin participating in the battle drills, but he won't play tonight. The Leafs' top line from last season is expected to play together for the first time in preseason. Forwards Defence Pairs Goalies