The Maple Leafs look to bounce back after a bad game against the Red Wings, where they were dominated and were lucky to steal a victory.
After being thoroughly outplayed Wednesday vs. Detroit, it will be interesting to see a rested Maple Leaf team play a tired Detroit team, who lost in a shootout vs. Florida last night. There was a fair bit of consternation regarding the Maple Leafs' effort on Wednesday, and while it didn't appear to be from a lack of effort, they were certainly late on most plays, for the balance of the evening—a lot of that having to do...
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Leafs Notebook – December 8
Maple Leafs likely to miss playoffs, hockey analytics suggest - The Star
Mirtle: Reimer should get chance to help the Leafs – or someone else - Mirtle, G&M
Mirtle: Dubas stresses Leafs need to focus on ‘process,’ not points 26 - Mirtle, G&M
Dreger: Leafs still...
The Leafs deserved to lose this game 4 or 5 to 1.
Enter James Reimer.
In somewhat of a thrown-to-the-wolves situation, low on game reps and playing in a back to back against a scorching hot Detroit team, Reimer responded to adversity as he often has in his time in Blue and White – admirably.
By the possession numbers, this is the third-worst margin a team has been outplayed by in 419 NHL games so far this season. It’s not like the Leafs were leading early, either. They owned just 26% of possession while trailing or tied for the full 65 minutes,...
The Toronto Maple Leafs had one of the worst chance performances I've seen, almost as bad as the game that Buffalo played against them in October.
Toronto were out-chanced 19-3 at ES after two periods, and had absolutely no business being in the game at all, let alone being down by just one. For that, they had to thank the excellent performance of James Reimer, who held off Detroit's challenges. They also had a strong penalty killing game, which has become a regular occurrence. The third period was better, and Toronto managed to get level through Kessel, but even then...
The Toronto Maple Leafs (6-3-1 in their last 10) are in Detroit to take on the Red Wings (8-2-0). Detroit has been one of the hottest team's in the League since they were defeated by Toronto 4-1 in their last outing.
"A good team, obviously playing well, lots of offensive punch, so we're going to have our hands full. They're good. If you look at the analytics part they're no good, but when you look at coaching and winning games, they're good" - Mike BabcockDetroit is rolling right now and with the return of Pavel Datsyuk, they've added an elite two-way player...
If you're Randy Carlyle, in terms of process, you're probably only really happy with the middle 20 minutes in this game (and of course Jonathan Bernier's performance).
That sounds bizarre after a 4-1 win, but there were two empty netters, and Calgary had the shot attempt edge at even strength from start to finish, opening up a gap of 77-51 by the end of the game due to score effects.
Toronto was fortunate to come out with a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes, outplayed by a slight edge in the opening period, but did follow that up with a good second...
If you've been following my scoring chance wrap-ups, there's a lot familiar in the story of tonight's game.
The Leafs managed to take the lead in the first period, despite being clearly out-chanced, then had a strong second period, in which they consolidated their lead. That was followed by a third period where Calgary again dictated play, and while they got one goal back, Jonathan Bernier managed to keep the Leafs ahead.
Through the first two periods, the chances were fairly close, Calgary having a slim lead. Toronto's third period defence wasn't that bad, as they held Calgary to just two...
Besides the Brian Burke connection and a few players who have played on both sides of this matchup (Dion Phaneuf, Matt Stajan, Mason Raymond, Joe Colborne who is out hurt), there are some interesting parallels between the Leafs and Flames in the past year.
The Flames, like the Leafs of early last season, are ostensibly a team on the rise, seemingly in the process of turning the corner. And yet there are the analytics folks in the background screaming "hold your horses."
The Calgary Flames are winning games similar to how the Leafs did in the early parts of last season -- sky-high...
Tuesday Morning Links:
Anthony Petrielli: Shanahan took flack in the summer, but not selling low and finding bargain UFAs is a good start + Leafs Notebook (MLHS)
Pierre LeBrun: Cap projected somewhere between $72 and 74 million for next season (ESPN)
Lance Hornby: Leafs prepare for Burkie bowl vs Calgary Flames (Canoe)
Jonas Siegel and Mark Masters: Leafs Week touches on Kessel's health, Bernier as number 1, much more (TSN)
Stephen Whyno: Las Vegas given green light by NHL to gauge expansion interest (Globe & Mail)
James Mirtle: Most Canadian NHL teams surprising with good seasons (Globe & Mail)
Michael Traikos: Leo Komarov still experiencing headaches after hard hit from...
Couple of good tests coming up this week for the Leafs: First, the hard-working upstart Calgary Flames come to town on Tuesday before a divisional home and home with the surging Detroit Red Wings (8-2 in last 10) on Wednesday and Saturday.
Monday Morning Links:
Kyle Cicerella: Marlies experimenting with Tyler Biggs at center (Kyle The Reporter)
ICYMI: Leafs have made some changes to their player development department (David Alter)
Jonas Siegel: Bernier gets groove back as Leafs storm past Vancouver (TSN)
Bar Down: Phaneuf and Kessel rematch in ping pong (TSN)
Michael Traikos: Phil Kessel may have image of laziness, but he's made of iron...
Games like these are tough to judge (i.e. tough to write about).
There’s the game that saw the Leafs build a 4-0 lead over one of the League's best teams (particularly on the road) through 27 games. Then, there’s the game that transpired in the final 35 minutes wherein the Leafs were outshot 34-16 and were lucky (two posts in the span of five seconds on the penalty kill with the score at 4-2) not to find themselves in a one-goal game with a healthy amount of time left on the clock.
The Leafs’ first 25 minutes were excellent. The Canucks have...
A stiff test awaits the Maple Leafs in this all-Canadian matchup on Hockey Night in Canada.
Vancouver is off to a great start (fourth in the League) and their underlying numbers suggest their first-quarter success is far from luck based. The Canucks are 18-7-1 despite ranking 26th in save percentage at five on five as Ryan Miller has run hot and cold for them this season. They're a top 5 team in shot generation and 9th in Fenwick For. Their shooting percentage at 5v5 is middle of the pack, giving them a PDO that ranks 26th in the League. Arguably the Canucks have...
A decrepit and depleted Devils squad trotting into the Air Canada Centre with the Leafs on a roll? A classic trap game that ended in a 5-3 loss for the home team.
The state of the Devils coming into this one was almost comical. Elias, Jagr and Larsson injured. Schneider set to play 80 games this season. Dainus Zubrus mistakenly laying the body on Damien Brunner. It's likely these thoughts were also humouring the de facto top line in Toronto as Kessel, Bozak and JVR never truly got into this game.
With Bozak and co. hemmed into their own end 4...
Toronto had a bad start against a short-handed Devils team, falling behind 8-4 in ES Chances, and 1-0 on the scoreboard.
However, they seemed to recover after that, finishing the first period level in ES chances, and twice managed to tie the game up in the second. They struggled in the third, though, with the Devils managing to defend well, and opening up a three goal lead. Toronto had one strong ES shift in the third, but other than that generated little in their attempt to chase down the lead.
The ES numbers ended up close, but the Leafs losing...
The struggling New Jersey Devils are in Toronto
to take on the warm-getting-warmer Maple Leafs.
“They’re playing with confidence, a lot of speed, a lot of depth. I think they’ve won four or five in a row,” DeBoer noted. “But it wasn’t that long ago that they were sitting where we are, lacking some wins and second-guessing themselves. “I think they’re a good example of how quickly this can turn around once you get it going the other way. - Devils Head Coach, Peter DeBoer”
The key for the Maple Leafs in this game will be avoiding falling into the trap of...
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Game in 12: Leafs 5, Stars 3
Game minute compressed Leafs/Stars "Game in 12"
Game 24 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3
Evan Dorey with Leafs/Stars scoring chances (and cumulative scoring chances on the season)
Randy Carlyle Post Game: Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3
Randy talkin' hockey.
Peter Horachek – Sportsnet 590
Horachek talking about the process of transforming the Leafs into a defensively minded club.
Leafs Notebook – December 2
Anthony Petrielli with his weekly Leafs Notebook talking Franson and...