The Anaheim Ducks come into Toronto tonight looking to notch their eighth straight victory. Randy Carlyle would like nothing more than to spoil the streak on his former team.
Carlyle, toeing the line between demanding better and jumping all over his team despite being 6-3 with injuries, chose to let the team off relatively easy at practice yesterday, hoping to flush the negatives of the Chicago game and reset the mindset for tonight’s game.
Let’s hope this isn’t just another boring, methodical road game for the team visiting the ACC, as it has been when Colorado, Minnesota and Carolina came to town. It would be nice to see the Leafs finish a few more checks and inject some some passion into their game.
The Leafs also must activate their speed better and shore up their breakout if they’re going to have any chance tonight against a Ducks team that is lighting it up in the early season. They’re scoring at a 3rd-best 3.62 goals-per-game rate and their shooting percentage is below 10%; this is a team that has been tilting the ice in their favour, putting over 37 shots a game on their opponents’ goalie.
Speaking of which, Jonathan Bernier is expected to start for the Leafs, as the preference seems to be to have Bernier in net for the previously rarely-seen Western opponents. The Leafs should have taken a lesson from Chicago that Bernier is human and no goalie can be expected to steal a game routinely when facing over 40 shots.
The Ducks have been getting solid contributions from lines 1-3 this season. Dustin Penner being out will throw their lines a little out of whack, but Getzlaf and Perry each have nine points, second line center Mathieu Perrault has a point a game, Selanne and Silfverberg have six apiece, while Cogliano and Winnick have also been chipping in offensively with four points each.
The Ducks’ defence looks like it could be weak, but has been getting the job done with support from their forwards and goaltenders; Hampus Lindholm, besides having a hilarious first name, was the defenceman drafted one behind Morgan Rielly in the 2012 draft and has been playing 19 minutes a game for the Ducks. Coming from overseas and not the CHL gave him the advantage of being able to spend some time in the AHL last season. Rookie Sami Vatanen has been averaging 18 and a half minutes. The underrated veteran Francois Beauchemin has been clocking 21 minutes a game while Cam Fowler has been leading the Anaheim defence core in playing 23 all-situations minutes.
Jonas Hiller will start for the Ducks in net. He’s a perfect 4-0 on the season with a 2.01 GAA and a .937 save percentage.
The Leafs do carry the special teams advantage based on the numbers so far this season. The Ducks’ PP is converting at a sub-10% success rate, which also speaks to their 5 on 5 dominance in the first eight games.
Pregame Hangout Show (from yesterday):
|GF/G||3.22 (7th)||3.62 (3rd)|
|GA/G||2.44 (11th)||2.38 (10th)|
|SF/G||27.2 (26th)||37.6 (2nd)|
|SA/G||35.6 (28th)||30.9 (16th)|
|PP||27.8% (2nd)||9.4% (28th)|
|PK||85.3% (7th)||78.6% (22nd)|
|5 on 5 F/A||1.0 (15th)||2.09 (2nd)|
|Sh%||11.8% (3rd)||9.7% (11th)|
|Sv%||93.1% (4th)||92.3% (8th)|
|FO%||45.4% (26th)||50.7% (14th)|
Great look to the site but one problem is that the "comments-interview at the top remain over the writing of everything else. Is there a way to remove that please???
Whats the Kulikov talk about too? I know we would want him and hes available, but whats the rumored asking price (I will then take that and divide it by 2 because of the media idiocy factor)
I don't know why but Bernier's attitude reminds me of Ron Hextall. Where as Reimer's reminds me of Pelle Lindbergh.Its great when you can have a combo like that. Philly could've had cups if Pelle hadn't of died so early.
anyone read the Sportsnet rumour pae? accoding to Damien Cox leafs are looking at Kulikov? hmmm interesting...
Does anyone else think that every time the leafs start to slack off, that RC should constantly remind them how shamefully they played in the 3rd period of game 7. How you don't ever and I mean never, want to have to feel that again? It feels like they've forgotten instead of using it as motivation.
Seems people are carrying on the Richards show here and suggesting music for the leafs. Richards shot down mine. Heart - Crazy on you. said that it was to classic rock. I just thought a Clarkson montage with his crazy intense stare would work with it.
And fuck this Miley Cyrus bullshit.........Take no prisoners!!!
I think Anaheim is due for a loss and Leafs are due for a win.......no better time than tonight. Duck season is now open.....line 'em up in a row and let the bodies hit the Floooooooooooor!!
We have to lay a beating on the Ducks tonight, so that they can get pissed and take it out on the Habs, next game.
Teams averaging 30 or more shots against this year so far.
St. Louis 29
Minnesota is at the low end with 21.8.
Last two games have been particularly painful to watch...I know it's early but I have a lot more questions about this team than I did about the team we had last year. Dissapointing year so far.
@deedrag I'm definitely knocking on wood.
@whalz Kid's got big potential. But we don't have cap space and we have too many d. Interesting though.
@deedrag I'm hoping Randy shouldn't have to. Thats when you should see Dion and Joffery giving it to the boys. Maybe Clarkson as well.
@wendelsway1 yeah really...pretty lame victory song...
this is awesome though
@wiski ....too hard to pronounce....how 'bout we just call them Healys :)
@B_Leaf Oh I don't know....perhaps not happy with the last couple games, but considering the players we're missing, I'm pretty happy with our record......still early, not disappointed at all and still feel that this team will do better than most expect........GO LEAFS GO!!
@Dan39 make some noise over there!
@Dan39 hahaha enjoy Dan. Start some Go Leafs Go ;)
@Dan39 hope you have your MLHS sign!
@Dan39 Have fun!
well all the rumours floating about Gards,,thats the only thing i could see.....Maybe??? i have no idea, just mentioning what i read at sportnet website.....
makes 3mil now, rfa at seasons end..........was a former 1st rd pick......good dman but id rather a Grudbranson,,,,
@Dangle_My_Berries He's pretty similar to Gardiner
@Shift_Disturber1 Let's just hope Bozak's not bring that shit home and corrupting Kessel with it...lol :)
hes another player similiar to Reilly.....pmd 6'1 205lbs but once again another left hand dman,,,,,
i read over on HF boards that Mactavish and Lowe were scouting the Marlie game against Hamilton.....They just opened up a roster spot and salary by trading Brown to SJ....hopefully something is up