Couch’s Corner: Oct 5, 2017

I’m likely in the minority, but I don’t think the Leafs played all that well last night. Good, but not great.  Their steady path to the penaltybox was painful to watch.  They could have easily been down by three or four by the end of the first.

That said, Frederik Andersen stood on his head, leading the squad to victory.  At the opposite end, Steve Mason had a tough night.

It’s two points and a great start to the season.  Yes, the kids looked sharp.  But a 7-2 blowout it was not.

Let’s see how this squad handles the Rangers Saturday evening.

Great Quote by Babcock…

When reporters pressed Babcock to comment on Komarov’s illegal equipment penalty:   “You’re not supposed to ask me those. What’s next?”

A Few Stats…

  • The team went 8 for 8 on the powerplay.  Last year they were 10th in the league with an 82.5% kill rate.
  • Nikita Zaitsev blocked 8 shots.  Andersen should buy him supper.
  • Ron Hainsey played 22:53 in his Maple Leafs debut, including 12:03 of shorthanded ice time.

Marincin On Waivers…

The Leafs have placed 25 yr old Martin Marincin on waivers.  I’ll toss out the possibility of the team signing UFA Roman Polak, bringing the tough dman back to a rather soft Leafs blueline core.

MvsW…

I’m gonna miss the Marek vs Wyshynski podcast.  It was a great blend of humour and hockey knowledge.  No reason  why they split.  Look for one more podcast in the next week.

Connor McDavid’s Wheels…

For anyone who watched the Oilers vs Flames game last night, or even just the highlights, they were treated to seeing the fastest skater in the league – at speeds even quicker than last season.  He’s clearly worked hard this summer.  He’s  quite possibly the fastest ever skater, and that’s saying a lot.  He had a couple breakaways, which is the norm for each game he’s in.  He just blows by the opposition blueliners.  It helped to land him a natural hat-trick in the Oilers 3-0 win.

Speaking of Wheels…

How about Patrick Marleau’s first game as a Leaf?  He’s still got tons of speed  for a 38 yr old.  He’s bringing some added lightening to the Leafs line of Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov.  His two goals last night were a bonus!

Did You Know…

Patrick Marleau holds the record for the 10th-most consecutive games played – 624 – in the NHL.  His most recent scratch came on April 7, 2009, when he had to miss the lineup with a sprained MCL.