Shark Club Game Day: Game #63, Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs

Shark Club Game Day: Game #63, Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have outscored the Leafs 11-2 over two games this season. Bad starts have been a killer, with the Leafs outshot 23-9 between the two first periods of those losses. Avoiding their season-long trend as one of the worst first period teams in the League (-15 goal differential) seems pivotal against a team that has had no problem scoring against the Leafs or in general this season (7th in goals per game).

There is some momentum going for the Leafs at home, winners of seven straight at the ACC, where they’re up to an impressive 21-10-1 this season. Only Boston and Pittsburgh have more wins at home among Eastern Conference teams.

With no game day skate today, the lineup alterations are a mystery until game time. The one thing we do know is that Frazer McLaren was waived with the intention of sending him to the Marlies.

There was some talk of James Reimer getting this start being under consideration – James Reimer will get the start, his first since conceding four goals on 19 shots on January 25 versus Winnipeg.

 

 

 

The Blue Jackets trail the Leafs by seven points but hold two games in hand.

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Marpole_Leafs
Marpole_Leafs

26 points earned out of the last 40 points available.


Sitting in a playoff spot.


That's really all we can ask for right now.  We were told by every talking head and media fuckwad that we were terrible and would be lucky to even repeat the performance from last year, so at this point we really can't panic.  We have to remember that even though Fenton has told us that being young means jack squat , its  obvious we are watching a team grow and this jekyll and hyde nonsense is just par for the course.   The system we are using , while frustrating , has shown itself to be effective when we get rolling so let's wait until we are actually mathematically eliminated from the playoffs before we tear it all to shreds.



peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Carlyle always has a reputation of being very disciplined and giving players various roles with the expectation they perform in them.  Does anyone really see a unique set of roles other than PP and PK?  Its like every line attempts to play the same game but only the elite lines can actually perform at it.  I personally think the wind is out of the sails of our bottom 3 lines for whatever reason.  And the only time we are getting wins is when Kessel rocks.  Not a way to run a hockey club.

Jay31
Jay31

Scabs just scored the luckiest goal

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Nobody mentions this, but the very poor play of McClement for 60 games at even strength was put a big strain on the secondary forwards.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

how was the end of the game? i wasn't able to watch the end of the second and all the third? 

Zep2
Zep2

Good nite folks

Zep2
Zep2

Euphoria ,despair, euphoria , despair x 3 , euphoria, more despair

The life cycle of a Leaf fan. Read that in Nature magazine

Cloud09
Cloud09

You change the coach before you change the players. Nonis has made this mistake once already he better not make it again. For all those who preach patience with this roster can't deny that they would rather move on from Carlyle than trade Kadri/Gardiner.

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Clarkson needs a veteran center like he had in NJ. We shall see when Bolland returns. Raymond also played lights out with Bolland in October.

Cloud09
Cloud09

Just trying to compare the Leafs PK this year to the PK from 2012/13. Biggest difference I noticed is Raymond/JVR getting 1:20-1:30 a game on the PK compared to last year where Komarov took most of the time last year clocking 1:48, JVR-1:11 and Raymond 1:05 respectively. Franson also is getting a big bump in PK time going from 0:54 last year to 1:46. Don't know if these differences in TOI are a cause for the change but I'd say they play a part in it. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

The worst part about Clarkson sucking so bad lately, is that it makes you trigger shy about signing someone like Bolland. And guys are even put off the idea of getting Myers because of cap considerations. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@mr_hanie  His offence has dropped off big time. Usually can be counted on for 9-10 goals a year and 20 points but only has 3 goals and 7 points so far. 

zakimak
zakimak

@Cloud09 If you look at last year, they pursue more but switches up as the puck move side to side and they did not collapse so quickly and so low. They are allowing shot from outside and points counting on block shots. The problem is it allow rebounds and if screened or deflected you're toast. That's why Carlyle doesn't seem to like Reimer because of the very fact he allows rebound.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Cameron19  

I agree. I also blame Carlyle for this. NJ found ways to make Clarkson a very valuable player for them. We've done the complete opposite with him. 

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Cameron19  I am just dumfounded at how ineffective he has been in a Leaf jersey. Never really saw that when he played for the devils.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Cloud09 @mr_hanie  

This might sound stupid but I think it's because his wife gave birth this season and that could perhaps play a part with how much sleep he gets etc that would effect his play. I know a couple of guys that shown up to work after having kids and being complete zombies for months...

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

@Cloud09 @mr_hanieMcClement should be playing 3rd line, because of Bolland's injury, but that has been such a failure, that Kulemin of all people was playing center tonight.

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Wilbur @Cloud09  I'm of the belief that guys like Grabovski and MacArthur left as a direct result of Carlyle and that Nonis accommodated him. Carlyle also has a prior history of doing the same thing with Lupul.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@GreekGod @Cameron19  Clarkson is taylor made for a cycle team and that's one of the big reasons they signed him. So far the  Leafs still haven't figured out how to cycle the puck. No small wonder he's ineffective 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@GreekGod @Cameron19  He was never a 5M dollar player though. I was thinking he was a 4M X 4 years type of signing, at the upper end of his value. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@peterbleafs @Cameron19  Oh, I don't think it's a lack of effort with Clarkson. You can see he's trying very hard. I think if there's any negative mindset that seeps into Leaf players, it's over-confidence. We constantly under-estimate weaker opponents, and never seem to learn. 

GreekGod
GreekGod

@mr_hanie @GreekGod @Cloud09  

Nope but he's a new dad and being away from his family I'm sure is hard. Again, I'm not saying this is the reason why but just a thought. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@GreekGod @Cloud09 @mr_hanie  I guess that could be an option. Like it or not we will get many more seasons to see if this is just a fluke season or a taste of what's to come. 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Cloud09 @rustynail@happy_gilmourWon the cup that could win the cup inspite of the coach.  Its very easy to run Getzlaf and Perry out there for a ton of minutes especially when Selanne is on the very next line.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Cameron19 @GreekGod  

You're absolutely right about the term and money... It's just he's not put into a situation where he can succeed. The Leafs playing style doesn't complement him and he's not getting much PP time which he was in NJ. I think if we go away from this terrible system that Carlyle has us on, he might actually show his worth.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Cameron19 @peterbleafsCoaching.  Carlyle was useless in Anaheim, and he is useless here.  Manay people were annoyed when he was hired here, I knew nothing about him, but after a few weeks I  already started seeing stupidity in his approach.