Tuesday Mashup: Attack of the Copycat Jerseys

Tuesday Mashup: Attack of the Copycat Jerseys

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, right, reacts after scoring the game winning goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman, left, look on during over-time NHL hockey action in Toronto on Thursday, April 5, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Tonight, the Leafs will host one of the surprise teams in the League this season in the 31-16-5 Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite the loss of Stamkos after his 14-goals-in-17-games start, their reliance on the emergence of an inexperienced netminder and a supporting cast with quite a bit of rookie content, it’s  all come up aces for Jon Cooper, who is a serious Jack Adams candidate through 52 games.

Ben Bishop’s numbers are jaw dropping, with a 26-6-4 record and a .934 save percentage.  The decision to buy out Lecavalier and hand the captaincy to St. Louis, the Bishop for Conacher trade and the Valteri Filppula signing are looking pretty smart right about now.  They’re in great shape and are anticipating a big addition within the next couple of weeks.

The Leafs meanwhile appear to have everyone in wait and see mode at the moment. The way the team manages to win some nights and the pattern of results –  four consecutive losses in regulation, followed by six straight wins, followed by two losses (one in OT) – seems to have many fans unsure as to which direction this season is headed. That may be the answer right there – this is going to be a dog fight right until the very end in a heavily congested Eastern Conference playoff picture between positions 4 all the way down to 13.

Onto the links…

ICYMI: Anthony’s Monday Leafs Notebook looks at the PK and tons of other stuff
Doing a disservice to yourself by not reading this, if you haven’t yet.

JvR and Kessel are banged up, but expect to play tonight
Nobody panic!

JvR and Kessel’s health after the Olympics could be a concern
Everybody panic!

Trevor Smith is just about ready to return
Carlyle apparently plans to add him to the lineup. Too unrealistic to hope for four complete lines?

Phaneuf leads offensive attack plan from Leafs’ rearguards
Three points in his last four.

Nikolai Kulemin is not a fan of Don Cherry
I’m sure we’re all shocked  Cherry skipped past Clarkson and went right for Kulemin among wingers “paid too much” and have done “nothing.” 

Veteran backup Marty Biron feels Reimer’s pain
Even worse in Biron’s case – it was that prick Ryan Miller who took his job.

Tonight’s opponent, the high flying Lightning, have quite a few rookies
Many played under Cooper in Syracuse the season prior and love playing for the guy.

The Many Faces of Phil Kessel
Bookmark it for when you’re feeling blue.

338 comments
ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Not much criticism of the rangers (2nd) in the Metro with the same # of Games as Leafs and 1 point less.


Leafs, Habs, Wings, Rags, Canes are all in about the same boat

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Are there still Outdoor games to be played? Enough already

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Leafs PK has been bad for a while, under multiple coaches, assistant coaches and GMs. From TSN:

"Success a year ago, in which they killed off an impressive 87.9 per cent in the lockout-shortened 48-game campaign, was a true rarity. In the seven seasons between the last two lockouts – from 05-06 to 11-12 – the Leafs never had a penalty kill finish higher than even 24th overall – sitting 24th, 27th, 29th, 30th, 30th, 28th, and 28th.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

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Jon5200
Jon5200

shotguncharlie.........thankyou

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Poulin coming up on TSN radio

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

Crazy that Brian Rafalski was attempting a comeback in the ECHL. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

On the subject of the PK, anyone notice that McClement is nowhere near effective in that role (nore any other) this year?  Guy works hard it seems, but he doesn't seem to be picking off those passes and winning battles for pucks like we saw last season.

Jon5200
Jon5200

Cmon boyz.....need to build a cushion between us and the wildcard spot......LETS START TONITE!!!

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Jmessih Amazing that teams and owners to save a few weeks salary will trade or demote players before the olympic break.  

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I read about this in September.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Yay parity. Thanks Gary.........................1287348734r8gufgwbldfbiqwbbvbwqbvbjwb ; bv;bva ;n

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Shift_Disturber1 Yup wednesday with the rangers and islanders then march with the senaturds and the vancouver diving team for the heritage classic.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@Burtonboy and despite all that we have 60pts............go figure.............maybe we should just throw in the towel now............

Jon5200
Jon5200

@Burtonboy of course they dont.......its the Toronto media......wouldnt want to say anything positive about the Leafs/Marlies..............

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@wiski Thats awesome. Great cause to have. Watched the segment about Richardson's daughters death on TSN yesterday. What a sad story.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

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Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@MaxwellHowe Part of the problem but certainly not all of it is the amount of minor penalties they have taken this yr. Far more then last season 

mcloki
mcloki

@Jon5200 Get an avatar already. That way I don't confuse you with the trolls I ignore. ;-)

lieffan
lieffan

@Ian from Etobicoke Pretty clearly took his pointers from Petrielli. Siegel seems like a good egg, that's a little disappointing. Why can't they attribute a link?

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Xxxxxnew Yeah I thought there was something mentioned about this before

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

It's a one-year things, mostly for the local fans.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Jmessih @Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe Thats part of it as well. I think it was Anthony who mentioned that Bozak's faceoff % is considerably lower this yr on the PK. . All this stuff adds up

mcloki
mcloki

@MaxwellHowe @Jay31 @Ian from Etobicoke Newspaper writers are the laziest most entitled people on earth. Don't be surprised when the same spelling and grammar mistakes show up in the next Jonas Siegal blog. 

mcloki
mcloki

@Ian from Etobicoke @Jay31 Sure until you go on the site. Post a comment that you can get tomorrow's Jonas Siegal blog from the original source a day early by coming here.

Jay31
Jay31

@Ian from Etobicoke @Jay31 unfortunately I don't think it qualifies as plagiarism if it's not the actual text that's taken but i could be wrong