There isn’t much I can add to the powerplay analysis that wasn’t in the write up by JP Nikota describing the Leafs use of the 1-3-1. They adopted this system in 2012-13 while more teams have incorporated the formation throughout the NHL.
This may be the same reason Randy Carlyle has kept the penalty killing system intact for the last two seasons.
More relevant in 2013-14 is the severe drop off in the success of killing penalties, a part of the ’12-13 Leafs that excelled while sitting at the top of the standings and helping propel the Buds into their first...
It's the first time since November of 2010 that we've even had to ponder the question of what the Maple Leaf blueline will look like without Dion Phaneuf.
Alas, Phaneuf has been suspended for two games as a result of his hit from behind on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.
It seemed like a game would suffice given Phaneuf's nonexistent priors and Miller being fine outside of a cut on his face. But the Leafs haven't had much luck in the injury or suspension departments this season, and Phaneuf will join David Clarkson,...
The Maple Leafs haven't experienced a game without Dion Phaneuf since November of 2010. That may change on Wednesday vs. the Los Angeles Kings, as the Leafs' number one defenceman will have a hearing with the league discipline office tomorrow for a hit on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday night's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. It will be a phone hearing, which only tells us it will be less than five games if a suspension is handed down.
This is a pretty bad hit. Miller never turned. Dion Phaneuf claimed in his post game interview that...
Unlike a singular rigid structure in the defensive zone, neutral and offensive zone systems fluctuate upon game factors including score, time remaining, and game situation (5v5 or 4v4). They also vary line to line and shift to shift.
Varying conditions make it difficult to really pin down one specific system being applied as a core philosophy, while personnel and opposition systems further muddy the set of variables that need to be addressed. The philosophy holds the entire system together, with other variables contributing to the on-ice decisions.
A primary proponent to score effects, a passive forecheck is desired when defending...
Placing Tyler Bozak on Long Term Injured Reserve freed up the cap space to call up defenceman John Michael Liles on Friday.
Trying out someone with his puck moving ability and experience on the backend couldn't hurt based on how the team has been struggling to get out of their zone.
Liles has 13 points and is a plus-nine in 16 games in the AHL this season, and has been a favourite of head coach Steve Spott's for taking the demotion so well and eagerly embracing a leadership role on a young Marlies team.
What does it mean for Morgan Rielly? Well,...
Carlyle touches on:
- HBO 24/7 started filming at today's practice.
- Tyler Bozak injury status update.
- Phil Kessel left practice early with a "tweak."
- Joffrey Lupul stormed off the practice rink angrily.
- Jerred Smithson waived.
HBO hits the ice with the all-new, four part series this winter. 24/7 - Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings Road to the NHL Winter Classic premieres Saturday, December 14th at 10PM on HBO.
For the full broadcast schedule, click here.
Become more impatient by watching these videos below:
Luciano Pavarotti "Nessun Dorma", Hockey Night in Canada Opening
"Nessun Dorma" by Luciano Pavarotti opens the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, the forever rivals, on Hockey Night In Canada on November 30th, 2013.
Introducing new MLHS writer Elliot Saccucci, Elliot will joins Michael and Michael to discuss the NHL-Rogers TV rights deal, the Leafs' struggles, and more.
A little info on Elliot:
Elliot Saccucci joined BJCTB as an associate in 2013. He completed his articles at the Toronto office of a national full-service firm before leaving to pursue a focused litigation practice. Elliot has studied both civil and criminal trial advocacy, and has acted as a mediator at Toronto Small Claims Court. Elliot currently teaches a negotiation course entitled “Lawyer as Negotiator” at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated in the top 6%...