Wednesday Mashup: Ghosts of the Southeast Division

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I hope everyone is enjoying the early stages of their hangover this morning. I assume everyone is hungover because the Leafs game last night was a debacle that would drive any Leafs fan to have a few swigs of whatever is closest at hand. The dreaded Southeast-opponent-on-a-Tuesday-night curse has reared its ugly head once again, and even the dissolution of the Southeast division can’t put it to rest it would seem.

The meanest part of the toughest stretch of the schedule is behind the Leafs at this point and they will have to start winning hockey games again if they want to be in the playoff conversation for the rest of the season. Things will have to turn around very quickly or else we could be talking draft lottery by the Olympic break.

Coming through the so-called “Deathcember” with 6 of a possible 18 points so far is obviously not a particularly exciting development. The game against the LA Kings last Wednesday was the strongest Leafs effort of the season to this point even though they came away with nothing to show for it. After a shocking upset win over Chicago, dropping both games of a back-to-back when both were winnable is frustrating to say the least. Phoenix is in town on Thursday followed by Detroit on Saturday. The Leafs will have to regroup quickly and rediscover the missing ingredient present for the LA and Chicago games.

Carlyle in his post-game presser seemed to think fatigue was a major reason for the slow start Tuesday, as opposed to the slow start against Pittsburgh, which he attributed to mental dullness. Carlyle also admitted to noted jerkwad Steve Simmons that the losing is starting to reach a crisis point.

Reimer was noticeably peeved enough to depart from his typical gee-willikers comportment, even going as far to use an abbreviation for a curse word when he called any injury or busy-schedule excuses “BS.” He also added:

Red flags everywhere.

Trevor Smith broke a bone in his hand and left the game, which is yet another hit to the Leafs thin depth at centre. Jerred Smithson, oh joy, has been recalled.

Some Hump Day reading:

  • mcloki

    We must from now on always refer to Steve Simmons as “noted jerkwad”. lol

  • mcloki

    And shouldn’t those flags be white because we have gone all French and surrendered.

  • MaxwellHowe

    mcloki no one’s coming McLoki.  Still fighting back on game in 10.  This blog piece was perhaps superfluous

  • sniperstar

    MaxwellHowe mcloki Actually? Screw it I’m going to study.

  • rustynail

    mcloki nj no caps

  • Burtonboy

    This post was up earlier until Petrielli started all the Pheneuf trade talk

  • MaxwellHowe

    Alex is still trying to shepard everyone here.  Good news is the topic remains the Leaf’s crappiness.

  • wendelsway1

    mcloki LOL….You trying to call us Habs fans?……them’s fighting words!!!    lol  :)

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy it was always there just had to search a bit :)

  • lukethenuke

    Was at the game last night… didnt check in here til now but that was the WORST Leafs game I have gone to that i can remember… equivilant to Wilson days. It was pathetic. DOnt know what the mood is around here but I am really worrying

  • sniperstar

    lukethenuke Everyone is screaming fire RC and trade Phaneuf for a bag of pucks. Once we win a couple all will be right in the world again.

  • sniperstar

    lou19 Are you serious? Honestly … Semi break away sniped top corner. Two goals with players out in front with no Leaf in sight besides Reimer. Give your head a shake.

  • lou19

    get Kessel a BIGMAC and or a DOUBLE WHOPPER he needs it.

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Burtonboy I didn’t look too hard lol

  • Great Dane

    sniperstarlukethenukeNope – RC should be gone anyhow – I tired to his stupid vendattas towards the players. Regarding Phaneuf, he should stay if he can accept a reasonable contract.

    We more quality players and a more modern and flexible coach.

  • lukethenuke

    sniperstar lukethenuke its sad that the most entertaing part was a drunk fan fight… between Leafs fans

  • lou19

    Time to start CHANTING FIRE RANDY FIRE RANDY.

  • Great Dane

    With Smith out then we have gone from bad to worse: Smithson could be back in the lineup. ugly thought.

  • Great Dane

    https://twitter.com/mirtle

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/413386264532897793

    You wonder when a major move comes? Riding this out and hoping Bozak will fix it when he comes back is insane. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23leafs&src=hash

  • wendelsfist

    Great Dane How did Smith get injured?

  • wiski

    lou19  https://twitter.com/AWCanadahttps://twitter.com/AWCanada/status/406611074314534912
    Can’t control myself around you http://t.co/Qs0WA9WuYy

  • Mcost61

    Some really weird people show up when we lose, Habs fans?

  • wendelsfist

    lou19 Burn the toast!

  • BPsotka

    I think the issue is motivation. The players need to take it upon themselves (as RC is clearly not a coach who achieves results through motivation) to convince themselves of the desperation of the situation. Last year the fought tooth and nail for every puck, poke, and goal. We need that again or this team will never make it. It really goes to show that D’amigo (who the Penguin announcers were calling Dee-Amigo all night) has been one of our most effective players since his motivation is about twice as high as everybody else’s.

    I’d like to be clear on something though: I think the issue is motivation, not work ethic. Motivation is absolutely required for focus- which, when you play as much hockey as these players, is needed to push it all game, every game to beat the opponents. The issue is not that they fail to work hard, but that they don’t have the focus/ motivation to push for every single puck. Imagine if they could motivate themselves for every regular season game as they did for the playoffs last season? We would literally be unbeatable.

  • lukethenuke

    To describe the game… it looked like shinny, like really.
    FOrwards were breaking out early and floating at opposing blue lines standing still and the D did fuck all with it because forwards were still and covered or the D jut didnt take advantage of the open ice

  • wendelsfist

    Great Dane I would like to know Mirtle’s solution here.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Great Dane Bozak and Bolland though?
    Our center depth may not be awesome but you take out two of three top centers on a team and the impact is the same.
    Not sure Nonis is giving this group enough time if he hits the panic button and demolishes every bit of the core him and Burke assembled before Christmas

  • Airfreshener

    Alec Brownscombe Great Dane Whats the timeline on Bolland though..

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsfist Great Dane Me too . We gonna a make a trade for a # 1C? Pie in the sky dreamers if you ask me

  • Airfreshener

    wiski lou19 good god.

  • BPsotka

    That being said, his teams are always built to be playoff teams. They have historically performed at the end of the season and into the playoffs. I’m not near losing hope.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    lukethenuke Carlyle called it shinny hockey vs. an NHL team
    The Leafs have played that way with great goaltending for much of the season

  • wiski

    Airfreshener wiski lou19 Bacon

  • BPsotka

    lukethenuke I bet Liles could take advantage a little more effectively than Fraser as well…

  • HeatherRickAkin

    Help is on the way !  Jerrod Smithson returns .   Sorry …shouldn’t have…this, boys, is gettin’  serious.

  • Airfreshener

    wiski Airfreshener lou19 Beef.

  • wiski

    Airfreshener wiski lou19 cheese

  • MaxwellHowe

    HeatherRickAkin trigger finger gettin itchy

  • Mind Bomb

    sniperstar lou19 Brutal Snipes,

  • Airfreshener

    wiski Airfreshener lou19 Onion.

  • wendelsfist

    MaxwellHowe HeatherRickAkin Nonis salvages the season with that move.  

    Stupid Nonis, why no you trade for Crosby in exchange for Clarkson???

  • MaxwellHowe

    BPsotka The Leafs were motivate, IMHO, to play the Stanley Cup champions.  And then the motivation was gone again.    If thats the problem, then the coach has to find a way to get these guys up for each game

  • Mind Bomb

    Airfreshener wiski lou19 Waitress !

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy wendelsfist Great Dane What?….you mean we’re not getting Tavares?…..FML  :)

  • Great Dane

    AirfreshenerAlec Brownscombe Long he just started walking

  • wendelsfist

    Burtonboy wendelsfist Great Dane Everyone wants to trade their 1C.   Actually not that I want him but Gionta is available for a scoring winger.  Gionta for Clarkson.  I’m not sure I can forgive him for running Reimer

  • rustynail

    wendelsfist Great Dane shot off the hand

  • BPsotka

    MaxwellHowe BPsotka He should, I agree. But I don’t think he is the best motivator, so he won’t. His pre-game speech shown on HBO was just a list of things to say as quickly as possible. I didn’t think it whatsoever pumped up the players.

  • Greg Fenton

    wendelsfist MaxwellHowe HeatherRickAkin Clarkson are you mad?

    Liles and a 3rd rounder.

  • peterbleafs

    Alec BrownscombelukethenukeCarlyle is an idiot if he still uses this excuse. Time to go big fella.