Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals

Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals

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Peter Hassett of Russian Machine Never Breaks joins Michael and Michael to tee up the Sunday matinee between the Capitals and Maple Leafs.

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Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@jonasTSN1050: Asked if he'd been concussed in the past, Joffrey Lupul paused, grinned and said "I can't remember."

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Brodeur on the Vancouver goalie disaster:

"“To have two of the top 10 goalies in the league, and you turn around 12 months later and you don’t have one of them?” Martin Brodeur asked aloud, in conversation with the Vancouver Province on Friday. “That is a little strange.”

Cameron19
Cameron19

How is Jason Megna more noticeable in this game than Sidney Crosby??

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Brutal just fuckin Brutal PP from Pitt . SH goal too 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Pens trying hard to make a game of it .

loomx
loomx

The stats guys at the ACC really are generous. According to nhl.com we have 8 players with over 100 hits including Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri. I know Kadri hits, but there's no way he and Lupul have that many. Gardiner with 86 hits? Rielly with 82? I know it's not that important but it shows the unreliability of a stat like hits.

BrandonCheema
BrandonCheema

of all the great young d-men in the league would you trade morgan R for any? For me , the only one i would take would be seth jones

Cameron19
Cameron19

Malkin with some glorious chances to shorten the lead. 

mbails
mbails

think i could get used to sunday afternoon games. shinny at the local rink followed by caesars and a the leafs with a confident win over the caps sounds great! any meaningful updates on bernier and bolland?

mcloki
mcloki

Pitt bounces one in

Joyntsky
Joyntsky

would love to see this turn into a massive brawl again.

Joyntsky
Joyntsky

The refs have called this first period just terribly. Fleury was playing well, but had to get the yank.

Pitt also is really hurt right now it looks like...

mcloki
mcloki

pitt puls Fluery in the first.  Yikes

mcloki
mcloki

3-0 philly st paddys day massacre starting up

mcloki
mcloki

It's worth watching NBC for Emricks call alone.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy  I wonder who will sign Niskanen this summer, and what that contract will look like. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@loomx  Well, they are definitely generous on hits, but I think we're also a more physical team than most fans are willing to acknowledge. Maybe not punishing teams with hits, but we're pretty consistently physical, outside of Raymond and Kessel. They're also super "generous" about giveaways, so it balances out. 

loomx
loomx

@wiski  Sparks and Gibson will share the net.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@BrandonCheema  There are a few guys potentially in the same category as him. Jones, Trouba, Maatta, Murray, Lindholm. He is a Leaf through and through though - wouldn't trade him for any of the above for that reason. Wish we could pair him with someone like Trouba for the next decade though. 

lister
lister

@CanuckUKinToronto  Well I hope all hell breaks loose! The insurance of having Reimer still here has paid off IMO. I would hope the guys know that if Reimer goes down too then this team is fucked. They may hold on for a playoff spot but come playoff time... Eep!

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Gilbey93  And Timonen and Streit are getting pretty old, so they're kind of like Markov in that they have great and terrible nights. Mason having a fantastic year, but he's done that before and then not followed through.  MacDonald is looking like a great pickup for them though. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@CanuckUKinToronto Ben saying we are winning the east for a while now, Its how beat up will St lou, or SJS be after a few brutal 7 game series :))) wether we win this year or next 

loomx
loomx

@CanuckUKinToronto @loomx  Doing a quick sample of teams, not many teams have more than 5 players with over 100. We're on pace to have about 12. 2 hits a game doesn't seem like a lot as an average, but I highly doubt Lupul actually has over 100 hits. Same with Gardiner with 86.

BrandonCheema
BrandonCheema

@Cameron19 @BrandonCheema  im wary of guys like lindholm , Maatta as there teams are amazing and players like them are over achieving on those team. If they were to come to average teams i feal like they would be exposed and not be nearly as good.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Gilbey93 @Cameron19 @lukethenuke @Burtonboy  Outside of that gaffe in the Islanders game, he's been pretty good since the break. Was obviously laboring with an injury for most of the year. Curious to see how he closes this year out. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

NHL actually defines a hit as "separating another player from the puck ."

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cameron19 @Gilbey93 @loomx @CanuckUKinToronto  

One thing that would be easy enough to do would be to separate defensive zone hits (bad) with offensive zone hits (good). I don't think there are a ton of neutral zone hits in todays game, as that's not an area where you'd ever like to get burned making an open ice hit, or, like Subban, backing into guys, missing, and creating an odd man rush for no reason. 

That would be a good exercise. I bet 70% of the Leafs hits are Dzone hits from trying to get the puck back. 

BrandonCheema
BrandonCheema

@Cameron19 @BrandonCheema  ya but when you have crosby , neal malkin, knutiz , jokinen etc , your defence does not really need to be that stellar. They are not on the level as the ducks but can still compete with the top teams. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@BrandonCheema @Cameron19  Is Pittsburgh really that amazing of a roster? I mean, outside their big 3 or 4 forwards, there's basically nothing in the forward group. Just a bunch of Trevor Smith's. Guys like Letang have been out all year. Not particularly fantastic goaltending. 

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