Monday Mashup: Battle of the Floreast

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The Maple Leafs have four games against the Panthers and Lightning coming up in the next two weeks, along with games against Canadian rivals Ottawa and Vancouver, in a six game in 12 days stretch. From there GM Dave Nonis will have three weeks to consider the state of the team during the Olympic break, after which the team will play just three games before the March 5 trade deadline. Interesting decisions lie ahead.

Petrielli’s Notebook will arrive in time to consume your entire afternoon. Until then, some links…

A compilation of Kessel’s 27 goals so far this season
A lot more where that came from.

JvR about to eclipse career marks
Sounds weird to read his 41st point will be his career high, but that’s due to the lockout shortened season. JvR has 38 goals and 72 points in his last 100 games.

What’s the one ingredient the Leafs are missing?
From Michael Langlois at VLM.

Leafs need more secondary scoring
With Bodie and Gleason chipping in, the problem on Saturday was more to do with letting in five.

Marlies wrap up three games in three days with a shootout win yesterday at Ricoh
They went 2-2 this week overall. MLHS will have a more in depth weekly review coming up from Daniel Kovalevsky.

Connor Brown shows no mercy
NINETEEN three-plus point nights from Connor Brown this season through 47 games. A hat trick + an assist on Sunday puts him at 98 points on the season. Brown leads the 2nd highest scorer in the OHL (Dane Fox) by 14 points and the third highest scorer (Nikolay Goldobin) by 25 points.

  • http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ DylanJ

    all hail the night shift – 3am posts are key

  • DJBrianBurke

    Noticed this on Saturday’s game, one thing I really like about Gleason is when ever our goalies freeze the puck, he’s the first one there to stand as a buffer/bouncer between Reimer/Bernier and the opposition. He makes sure the opponent is not up to any funny stuff after the whistle, slowly making them back up while he stares them in the face.
    Hard not to like the guy.

  • 20 Bobby Pulford

    DJBrianBurke
    I noticed that too. I have not seen much that he has done that I didn’t like. Steady, tough, no fooling around veteran defenceman.

  • drummond

    DJBrianBurke  You are right, I noticed that too. Komisarek was supposed to provide that. The Leafs were missing that kind of D-man for quite some time. Glad it was finally addressed.

  • DJBrianBurke

    20 Bobby PulfordDJBrianBurkeNothing wrong with old school, old school Dmen are what the Leafs need(ed) to help balance the skill. Keeps everyone in check.

  • peterbleafs

    If we take Florida for granted we lose, that simple.  They beat Detroit last night.

  • MaxwellHowe

    peterbleafs I don’t think the Leafs lose because they take teams for granted – I think they lose against teams like the Panthers because, for some reason, the players have difficulty summonsing the necessary emotion and compete level against teams not named the Bruins or Canadiens.  Carlyle has yet to solve that enigma.

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook And you didn’t even compare their relative ice time, which no doubt is weighed very very heavily in JVR’s favor.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe peterbleafs They have trouble with trap teams period.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK MaxwellHowe peterbleafs HAHAHA!

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook i beleive Komorov made it clear he wanted first line ice time in order to make the Finnish Olypmic team.  And he probably gets paid more in the KHL.  He’ll probably be back.  Truth be told, I would take him over Kulimen.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook He wanted $3m for a 4th liner that can play up the lineup a bit. Leafs offered $1.5m. Needed to sign Kadri + Franson.

  • MaxwellHowe

    DeclanK MaxwellHowe peterbleafs Yeah, trap teams absolutely exploit a turnover rich teams like the Leafs, no doubt

  • MaxwellHowe

    CanuckUKinToronto TheCanucksnaphook Reminds me of the apt summary of Newfoundland weather my buddy has developed.  The only thing you need to know about the weather in St. John’s  – it can be 8 degrees any day of the year.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    drummond DJBrianBurke I’d love one more like that—that can provide some offence—beside Dion.
    Noticing that Dion’s game is off since, roughly, the Boston game. Looking pretty beat. Watched a game against Anaheim looking at Bolland’s (refreshing me with his game) and seeing how well Orr was skating + edgework, and Kadri—and seeing them now—it looks like they’ve all lost a step. (Dion, Orr, Kadri). Kadri is nowhere near as quick as he was starting the year and Orr looks like a totally different player. You wonder if the work they did with Underhill over the summer starts to wear off after a while and they go back to old habits.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook  
    We had a story around Christmas about it.
    http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/12/28/mr-nonis-give-him-an-offer-komarov-would-love-to-be-leaf-again/

  • MaxwellHowe

    CanuckUKinToronto TheCanucksnaphook I’m not sure who is being more sarcastic here, CanuckUKinToronto or TheCanucksnaphook

  • MaxwellHowe

    DeclanK MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook Was it determined if he could join the team this year with or without going thru waivers?  Of course, there is the small matter of a contract in the KHL.  I think he’s the kind of guy who can spark some emotion for this team, get them into games.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    CanuckUKinToronto TheCanucksnaphook Moving closer to a Worldwide universal currency, I’d say.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook He’s still an RFA with the Leafs, I believe. He’d be able to come for the playoffs. I have not looked it up and think I read it here.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Just downloading the remastered Black Sabbath Discography. Should be a good day. 
    m/

  • MaxwellHowe

    DeclanK MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook Cmeron said no, he would have to go thru waivers, others have said he is on some reserve list that exempts him from going thru waivers, its all a bit much.  I doubt Loiselle or Nonis have it figured out.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    CanuckUKinToronto 
    Still waiting for this team to hit their stride. Nonis has done a big trade before (Luongo), but not really a ton of them. Judging by Lewieke’s TFC signings, this guy thinks big and walked the walk. That’s for a franchise with no cache. Be curious to see what he can do in the NHL. I know MLS is the wild, wild west in comparison to the NHL.

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook So, regulatory structure and authentication required.  Expect a UN convention on bitcoins in the next 2 years.  As soon as they realize there’s money in it, they’ll be all over this.
    Not sure why i allowed my self to get into this

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe DeclanK peterbleafs And take away the transition game that the Leafs feed 100% of their offence on.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook He’s just a 4th liner, I can’t see them going through all that to get a replacement level player. I really liked him and most fans do too, but it seems a bit much.

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe Sounds,like high risk  / high rewad to me.  of course, if some poor fool is praying for a chance to move south permanently…

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks :)

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb  Sup Phook, Starting another 6 game win streek tommorrow :)

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK
  • Burtonboy

    Dreger is so full of shit

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Morning BB do tell ?

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy He reeks lol

  • Mind Bomb

    DeclanK  Dont do Goals against bro :)P

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb   lets beat TBay and go from there lol

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Mind Bomb DeclanK Should have blurred the GA column out: “NOTHING TO SEE HERE, FOLKS”

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy Just his whole attitude towards the Leafs . Never much positive. Said the road trip couldn’t be called a success .

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Burtonboy TheCanucksnaphook 
    5 pts of a possible 8 is a 102pts pace over the course of a season.

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy Regardless what they say TSN lost a lot of clout in the market when they lost that TV contract . Struggling to remain relevant

  • Mind Bomb

    DeclanK Mind Bomb Hhahaha

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy TheCanucksnaphook Beating the Avs on the 2nd of a B2B was extraordinary

  • Mind Bomb

    Here is a stat that scares me a little for the future

    The Sabres are rich in draft picks already, owning nine picks over the first two rounds of the next two drafts. Buffalo also selected two players in the first round of both the 2012 and 2013 drafts. 

    And they have Miller, Moulson and Ott, that can be traded for more picks 

    Hope they Draft Edmonton style for the next 2 or 3 years lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    DeclanK The Sabres suck so hard.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Tried to use some fancy stats to see who has played better this season, Ashton or Bodie, but i have no idea what i’m looking at.

    Bodie scored a goal, which is one more than Ashton has in his career.

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb  They are drafting better, Building a Defense, They are fucked for this year and next, but … I say they are contenders before Edmonton, and Calgary

  • MaxwellHowe

    Mind Bomb Wth Zadorov and Ristolinen and probably Ekblad, they’ll have one stacked blue line.  Imagine if Myers finds his game.  Of course, they’ll sell it all for the veritable handful of magic beans.

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe Burtonboy Scary thing is the Fan and Sportsnet are even worse then TSN .

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe Mind Bomb I am not so sure, they are Backed by Money now. They dont need to sell tickets and trade for magic beans

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe Burtonboy And in fairness, as much as I love Reimer, a decent effort for him Saturday noight and the Leafs woulda taken that game.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK