Monday Mashup: Here Come the Ducks

Monday Mashup: Here Come the Ducks

The Leafs are officially in the midst of their first losing “streak” of the season. Tuesday’s contest sees the 7-1 Anaheim Ducks visit town, which will be another difficult test for a Leafs team who have yet to really hit their stride despite being 6-3 on the season. The Ducks shellacked the Stars 6-3 last night, and Getzlaf, Perry, Jakub Silfverberg, Selanne and Mathieu Perreault, who is getting a chance to center their second line, are all off to hot starts.

While the hope will be that the return of Kulemin and Clarkson from injury and suspension will help the Leafs dictate the flow of games a little better, between an improved forechecking presence and more depth in offensive options, they’re going to have to try to find a way to compete better with who they’ve got on Tuesday. Clarkson will be eligible to return to action Friday, Frazer McLaren will likely draw back in on the weekend, and hopefully Nik Kulemin isn’t too far from his return, although he’s yet to skate.

The Leafs assigned Carter Ashton, David Broll and Trevor Smith to the Marlies for their 2-1 win on Sunday (Ashton scored the game winner in a 2-1 win over Hamilton), but have recalled Trevor Smith this morning as per Sportsnet.

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Some Leafs links on this Monday morning:

Friedman’s 30 Thoughts
Important takeaway: The reevaluation point on Rielly is 40 games because a) that’s when his season counts as credit toward arbitration and free agency determinants (40 games on active roster); b) that’s the last game before Christmas, when he could possibly join the World Juniors.

Mirtle’s latest at the Globe & Mail on Saturday’s loss to Chicago

Jonas Siegel at TSN on Chicago’s team model as one for the Leafs to follow


Jeffler’s recap of yesterday’s Marlies win over the Hamilton Bulldogs

Mike Brophy’s post-game at CBC

Mike Smith scored a goal!

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Marlies highlights from yesterday’s 2-1 win:

Brennan keeps on ripping it up. Ashton with the game winner.

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128 comments
bigm
bigm

The lack of grit in the Leafs game (so far) this year should surprise no one. Last year, the jam and grit came from wingers Orr, McLaren, Komorov and Kulemin. And while I was worried we would miss Komorov (we have), Clarkson should be an upgrade/substitute. So that means our 4 grit-providing wingers are now Orr, McLaren, Clarkson and Kulemin.

The problem is, we have 3 of those 4 guys missing all at once and Orr can't do much on his own. Throw in the loss of our only sandpaper d-man (Fraser) and we're getting about what one should expect. (I too have been puzzled by the lack of hitting/toughness from Broll, Devane and Bodie - but they weren't here last year, so I can't compare effectively.)

We've got to wait and judge when Clarkson, McLaren, Kuli and Fraser are all back.

That doesn't excuse the extra listless effort of the last three games however.... And an ability to win A LOT more face-offs would help also....

If we're still sandpaper screwed a few months from now, we'd better get Leo back....!

Great Dane
Great Dane

I took a look at the CF (Corsi For) for Bozak, Kadri and Bolland this season

Bozak has an event every 6.45 minutes    (29 events) TOI/60  21.6

Kadri has an event every  4.35 minutes    (30 events)  TOI/60 16.0

Bolland has an event every 6.22 minutes  (23 events) TOI/60  15.9


all has played 9 games


This is not good news

Dan39
Dan39

@Burtonboy This is what's wrong with the Leafs. Colton's gotta lead by example with his toughness and the rest will follow. It'll also help of course when McLaren and Clarkson get back and eventually Fraser.. 

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Dan39 @Burtonboy It will more than help with all of them back, it will be the reason we play tough again. Cant expect Orr to do it all himself. Toughness is a team effort, not an individual one.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Great Dane @Burtonboy I wouldn't say that ..... not yet anyway. There's an ebb and flow to a season with many ups and downs. What looks like shit right now might be completely different in 2 weeks time

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Burtonboy You know my feelings regarding Bozak. They haven't changed.

He was, He is and He will be horrible on the first line.

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Burtonboy You are absolutely right - but this is like crossing the Hudson Bay and not getting wet.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Dan39 @Burtonboy @4evrblue No Kadri is not terrible at face offs ,he's learning the toughest part of being a center and he's making lots of progress Not sure what his % for the season but it has to be close to 50 % 

Dan39
Dan39

@Burtonboy @4evrblue But Kadri is still terrible at face-offs, wouldn't you say? 3 games aside, hasn't he been like 30% or so?

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@4evrblue @Burtonboy He's progressively getting better . Been well over 50 % for at least the last 3 games , maybe more 

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Burtonboy @4evrblue Naz needs to put extra emphasis on faceoffs right now to ensure this happens. Would much rather him out there in all situations

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@4evrblue @Burtonboy He might well be but remember if Kadri continues to progress like he is right now  its only a matter of time before he replaces  Bozak 

4evrblue
4evrblue

@dlb eh @Great Dane I hate the habs as much as anybody but love the rivalry. I hope they never fold, just hope they never win lol

4evrblue
4evrblue

@dlb eh @4evrblue it will be possible when things are actually moving again. hard to expect any type of meaningful moves from teams this early in the season

4evrblue
4evrblue

@dlb eh @Great Dane we don't need a Tavares upgrade. We need a player similar to but better than Bozak IMO. Ryan O'Reilly to be specific

Great Dane
Great Dane

@dlb eh Shooting the puck at the goal also help winning games.

Bozak is not playing the third line Bolland is. That is stuff you want from your role players.

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Greg Fenton Spezza is around 3.30 minutes per event.

Lars Eller around 3.78 minutes per event.

And bozak is then playing more than 21 minutes per game