10 straight losses ties a franchise record, but last night’s game worked out nicely for a number of rooting interests, current realities considered. The Leafs played the top team in the League tightly, scored some goals finally, their potential deadline trade chips all played well and produced (Santorelli, Winnik, Franson), and they ultimately lost their tenth straight to keep the tank alive (lottery odds can be tracked via the MLHS sidebar).

Onto the links.

Wednesday Links:

    • Anthony Petrielli:  Goal scoring problems under Horachek, Reimer, Bernier, Notes, 5 things I’d do & more (MLHS)
      The other interesting thing is how the Leafs are playing, and how it now affects their ability to score goals. A 5-5-5 system is predicated on zone time and movements as a unit, the antithesis of taking home run swings trying to get breakaways and 2v1s. How are they going to score goals in this system? Cycling, zone time, point shots, rebounds, goal mouth scrambles, so on and so forth. The Patric Hornqvist goals in Nashville, so to speak. Because of that, I went through last season’s goals to get an idea of how the Leafs were creating their goals 5v5 and how big of a challenge this would be.






    • Rob Longley: Leafs tie club record with tenth straight loss in Nashville (Slam! Sports)
      The latest loss will be particularly frustrating after a strong second period that continued into the third and actually saw the Leafs take a 3-2 lead and score three goals for just the third time in 14 games.


  • Elliotte Friedman: Rob Blake hasn’t spoken to Leafs about job (Sportsnet)
    Assistant general manager Rob Blake has no interest in leaving the Los Angeles Kings, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Saturday night. Blake’s family is fond of the Los Angeles area and he is pleased with his role in the Kings’ front office.


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