The Boston Bruins lost their first game in regulation since March 1st last night (17 games), and of course it was to a team the Leafs needed to have lose in the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs only hope at this point is winning all of their remaining five and Columbus taking eight or less points out of their remaining 14 (they will not be able to win any tiebreak scenario given the ROW difference).
The Bruins come to town tonight in a back to back situation for them and an (absolute)must-win game for the Leafs. Columbus is in Philadelphia tonight. A shocking win over the runaway Eastern Conference leader (and current Presidents Trophy race leader) combined with a Blue Jackets loss in regulation would at least make things mildly interesting in the final four games.
Two news items from yesterday: The Leafs signed Carter Verhaeghe to his entry-level deal and the 18-year-old centerman will join the Marlies for the remainder of the season. Paul Ranger was named the Leafs’ Masterton Trophy nominee for his comeback season following three years out of the game.
More Leafs news:
– The Toronto Marlies are on the verge of clinching their third straight North Division title. Go see a Marlies game this Spring. A good team that plays very unlike the Leafs.
– David Clarkson’s contract is buyout proof. Only solution to the problem is to attempt reclamation next season.
– We Match Up Well Against Boston, says Jake Gardiner. It’s been a couple of months since anyone has matched up well against Boston.
– Maple Leafs could learn a thing or two from Boston. Like, “try to be one of the best teams in hockey, rather than not one.”
– Paul Ranger considers return to the NHL a success. Feel good story here amid a lot of down notes the last few weeks.
– Tim Murray weighs in on the Leafs analytics debate. Murray sounds reasonable on the subject: There will be times when an organization must pick between eyeballing vs. numbers on a decision, but there’s no harm in looking at both.
And yes I am going to rant long and hard about Nonis, because I said all this stuff in the summer. I was not a fan of any of his moves except getting Bolland. I was a very strong component of bringing back the same team. We would be in the playoffs right now if we had in my opinion. Nonis needs to be held accountable for shorting this team on heart, strength and grit.
@wiski This coach is a fucking moron. WHAT IN CHRIST'S NAME IS ORR GOING TO DO?
You have a young, talented, hungry, big power forward ready for a shot to play. Fucking ruining the kid.
@Gilbey93 hes out?
@Gilbey93 that SUCKS
@OTL he is.
@wiski thank goodness
@rustynail RIP Mrs. Burke
@B_Leaf Saying it over and over again doesn't make it any more interesting. We get it...you liked Grabs and Mac for some ridiculous reason.
Make a different point or shut the fuck up.
@mikeshaver they get two points...move on to the next game
@sniperstar This has been playoff hockey for 3 weeks and they shit the bed.
@Gilbey93 They'll start to drain for him. Kid is going to be a star in this league for a lot of years.
I didn't know the number but yes he has had a hard time converting chances...when he does...
@Gilbey93 hasn't he also hit the iron like 5 times?
Leafs should have grabbed Doug Armstrong when he left Dallas
Phook....I try to be optimistic...but the bruins are better than us in every way...either bernier steals one...or the bruins take the night off....its a back to back for them....lets hope they're tired..
@Gilbey93 @mikeshaver : Thanks guys.
@Yaknowwhat Last year you could claim they couldn't score 5v5 and had a weak PP. Offensive juggernaut this year with all their D joining in on the offence.
It isn't just the record, it is the difference in how each team played, different elements. If you cant see that you are blind.