Leafs must bank points over next 10 games

Leafs must bank points over next 10 games

Photo: Associated Press

The Leafs dropped their sixth game of the season against the Bruins on Saturday night, but the optimistic take is that maybe a lineup weak down the middle can still raise their game to compete with the better teams. A solid second period is something the coaching staff and players will no doubt look to as something to build on tomorrow against Minnesota.

The Wild are 10-4-4 and, as it stands, have the most points of any opponent Leafs will face until the end of November. Here’s the break down of the next 10 games:

Remaining November Opponents

OpponentCurrent Record
Total Record63 - 67 - 14
Wild10 - 4 - 4
Sabes3 - 15 - 1
Sabres3 - 15 - 1
Islanders6 - 9 - 3
Predators8 - 7 - 2
Capitals9 - 8 - 1
Columbus6 - 10 - 0
Penguins11 - 6 - 0
Sabres3 - 15 - 1
Canadiens9 - 8 - 1

That’s really weak. The total record doesn’t even account for the fact that the Leafs play the 3-15-1 Sabres three times before the end of the month (record was only included once). Contrast this with what the Leafs are facing once the calendar flips to December:

First 10 December Opponents

OpponentRecord
Total Record96 - 51 - 23
Sharks10 - 2 - 5
Stars8 - 7 - 2
Senators7 - 6 - 4
Bruins11 - 5 - 1
Kings11 - 6 - 0
Blues11 - 2 - 2
Hawks12 - 2 - 4
Penguins11 - 6 - 0
Panthers3 - 11 - 4
Coyotes12 - 4 - 2

Wow. That’s a nightmare. Not only in terms of strength of competition, but between December 3rd (vs. Sharks) and December 17th, the Leafs will play ten games over 15 days.

It’s not even fair, really. The Leafs had a six day break last week, and are currently on their third day off in between a Saturday and a Wednesday game. They’re going to pay for it in the final month of 2013. Taking seven of ten through the end of November may be what the Leafs need to do if they want to be in a playoff position come Christmas.

Some Tuesday morning links…

The Leafs’ feel the current available hockey analytics are of no use to them, but have heard many pitches from different analytics groups. Apparently the Leafs don’t use the money available to them for this type of research, but are open to if they feel someone comes along with something useful.

Jonas Siegel has some good, some bad, and some ugly from the Leafs/Bruins game on Saturday

From last week, Siegel interviewed Bernier about his move from LA to Toronto.

Paul Ranger adjusting to life in the NHL. He’s been better recently and it would be great if Ranger became part of the solution on the backend as the season progresses.

Tampa Bay got a really bad break last night. So did the NHL and Hockey Canada.

The Bruins 1-2-2 forecheck. A breakdown of the Leafs’ struggles to deal with the textbook Bruin forecheck.

– Don’t usually link to the Bleacher Report, but this is a good analysis of what the author labels a “fast break” system; it’s strengths and limitations. We’ve been talking about this stuff here for some time but this is a well written and thorough take.

466 comments
deedrag
deedrag

Lol im comment 666. Ok someone post one more.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

habs being outshot 45 to 29.....number of mentions made of it.....im guessing 0

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

of course Montreal ties it. 3 point game.

mcloki
mcloki

Anything happen today? See Tavares got hurt.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Sabres beat the Kings in a SO. Quick got hurt and Scrivens finished the game 

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

Montreal losing, Ottawa losing and Detroit tied. The night isnt so bad right now.

BPsotka
BPsotka

Who would you guys rather take: Tavares or Duchene?

Brendan ShanaCAN
Brendan ShanaCAN

@Burtonboy  I like Scrivens but he looked awful in the shootout. Anybody want to help the Kings out by giving them back Bernier for let's say Scrivens and Frattin?  No?  Didn't think so.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Burtonboy uh, they can stop now.  I'm not interested in the Flyers finding their game.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@rustynail I see that and first thing that occurs to me.. that'll make a great grocery store one day.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@BPsotka They are both amazing players but Tavares is pretty much in  with the top 5 forwards in the league territory for me right now.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

She's probably had 20 movies made of her books.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Murder on the Orient Express? The Alphabet Murders? I took those in high school. Poirot?

BPsotka
BPsotka

@Pent_House @rustynail My research supports me. "Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa ChristieDBE (born Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime writer of novels".

But I won't give up until more sources confirm this.