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This is the best shootout Iíve seen.

Ug. Very irritating. My NHL tv app failed with 5 min left in the 3rd and wonít show me the last bit of the game/OT/SO.


Thanks! 😘

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This is the best shootout Iíve seen.

Ug. Very irritating. My NHL tv app failed with 5 min left in the 3rd and wonít show me the last bit of the game/OT/SO.

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Really surprised there was essentially no mention of the Hyman boarding on the broadcast ...

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Just once I would like to see the Leafs try Marner-Matthews-Nylander when they are down in a late game situation.  Just play Marner-Matthews-Nylander and Marleau-Kadri-JVR if you are trying to score late.

That would be fun.  As would

Marleau-Matthews-Nylander
JVR-Kadri-Marner

for handedness.

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ImHuge @ r/leafs has been tracking our 6pts in 5 games target Babcock set out last season.

Someone else (bravenewname) added formatting for away games, so if we're wondering why December's record was so dismal (on top of losing Matthews for a stretch and playing like garbage):


I believe I read that the Leafs had 18 back-to-backs this year.  I think they have complete 13 (70% of them) and have just 5 more to go.

All other things being equal, there is reason to believe the 2nd half will go a little better.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:52:15 PM »
every eastern conference game tonight is tied right now. a lot of 3-point games for the competition.

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Well I wonít say this often, but eff you, SportsNet, for showing Tuckerís headshot on Sami again.

I'm not the only one to feel this way.


+1

The NHL concussion protocol is a joke.  And it is not funny.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: December 20, 2017, 04:33:39 PM »

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2017/18 Leafs Game Day Threads / Re: Leafs @ Penguins - Dec 9, 7:00pm - CBC
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:26:16 PM »
Further to that, the game plan was to zero out Crosby, Malkin lines and let Bozakís line and hopefully Nylander run roughshod over Pittsburghís depleted bottom 6.

To that end, it was a success. The Penguins got next to nothing in the high danger areas other than on the PP. With the top 3 lines in defense mode (other than Bozak), who do you swap Nylander in for?

I guess for me, I don't view keeping Crosby in the offensive zone for long shifts all game as good defensive strategy, even if he's kept to the outside.  So for me it goes back to Nylander and Brown.  What I would like to see is Brown replace Komarov on the Kadri line and bump Komarov to the 4th line/PK.

I wouldnít characterize the strategy as keeping Crosby/Malkin in the OZ, seeing as how they are premier players and generally have their way with opponents. Itís not like I donít agree with you either. Itís just easy to see who Babcock trusts in a lockdown scenario and who he trusts to get goals and who he trusts to do both.

I understand it.  Sure, Crosby is going to dominate the game and sometimes you just can't do anything about it.  I just think there were a few times where there was push back against the Malkin line.  I didn't really see much of any push back from the Matthews line.  I think it's a line that is really struggling right now and if anything I think it's more due for a bad game where they get a few goals scored against it than a line that is on the verge of a scoring outburst.

Count me as a vote who would like to see Nylander used more with Matthews as well.

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2017/18 Leafs Game Day Threads / Re: Flames @ Leafs - Dec 6, 7:30pm - SN
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:29:25 PM »
Boy is Matthews ever struggling. Even his puck handling is off. You can tell heís pressing.
He seems to be a little off, but I think the bigger problem is that defenders are able to concentrate on Matthews because neither Hyman or Brown are really a threat to make a creative play with the puck. Need Nylander back on that line.

I agree that his linemates are likely not helping his performance but earlier in the season that didnít matter.

But if Nylander starts one more game on the fourth line with Komarov, Hymen and Brown on the first and second lines. then Babcock is truly insane.

Yeah, need Nylander back with him. Earlier in the season, Nylander would carry the puck into the offensive zone again and again for Matthews. They were great together.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo...
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:53:59 PM »
I think the Leafs will end up retaining JVR with a $2m bump in his salary.

Will that fit under the cap with new salaries to the 3 young ones?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:39:17 PM »
What I really meant is:  Is there an argument that Matthews is becoming one of the best defensive players in the league.  (I agree that the actual award is more narrative-driven and typically goes to older guys who have built up the narrative.)

Another way to phrase the question:  Where does Matthews rank defensively amongst todays centers?

(The reason I ask is that you often seem to give interesting statistical arguments.  But if you have no particular response at this time, no worries.)

You're making me blush.

I guess it would depend on how you measure a forward's defense. On the most basic levels, it'd be ranking things like Corsi-against rates, GA vs xGA to get a measure of the quality of chances and his luck levels. None of those numbers individually and on an individual seasons' worth of information really paints the whole picture. His CA is rather high (not great), but it is off-set by the chances he generates (pretty frickin' great). Corsi is a function of linemates, opponents, team structure, and individual skill, so it's hard to be definitive about it, but shot attempts happen so often during the course of a season/career that it can paint a solid outline of a player.

I'd recommend poking around corsica and playing with the sorts to see how often certain names come up for each metric you're thinking about. The current single score models (GAR, WAR, etc.) have some difficulty sorting him out at the moment because they have built in corrections for low sample sizes that push towards the average.

What I can comfortably say is Matthews is a very complete player and still at the early stages of his development. Offensively, he can burn opponents in just about every way: rush strike, cross-ice one-timers, catch-and-release, goal mouth garbage, long distance snipes, net-front tips, one-handed tips, breakaway/shootout. Defensively, he is smart, fast, strong, deft with the stickwork, highly disciplined emotionally and competitively, and very teachable. His only 'problem' right now appears to be the ridiculous confidence that he has that he can make every play happen on the attack and on the backcheck, and that sometimes pulls him out of the team structure (and maybe that's a function of his 85% health at the moment).

He might not be #1 in every category (speed: McDavid; shot: Laine; etc.), but he's hovering top 5, top 3 in pretty much every category that matters.

Thanks.  His take-away skills seem pretty elite too.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:37:54 PM »
Hey Herman, is there a statistical case to be made that Matthews might already be a Selke contender?  I believe he was matched against Gaudreau the other night, who was on absolute fire, and he got nothing. I recall the Chicago game where he dominated Kane.... His Poseidon stats are pretty good (not top of the league though)...

Matthews is Aquaman, confirmed. (E5)

Did Matthews just throw a trident?

typo + autocorrect.

Really?

We thought you were serious.

 ;)

😉

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:37:13 PM »
Hey Herman, is there a statistical case to be made that Matthews might already be a Selke contender?  I believe he was matched against Gaudreau the other night, who was on absolute fire, and he got nothing. I recall the Chicago game where he dominated Kane.... His Poseidon stats are pretty good (not top of the league though)...

Matthews is Aquaman, confirmed. (E5)

Did Matthews just throw a trident?

typo + autocorrect.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:36:53 PM »
Hey Herman, is there a statistical case to be made that Matthews might already be a Selke contender?  I believe he was matched against Gaudreau the other night, who was on absolute fire, and he got nothing. I recall the Chicago game where he dominated Kane.... His Poseidon stats are pretty good (not top of the league though)...

Haha why are you asking me? I generally donít pay much attention to the awards.

Itís a bit early to say. A lot of this is more narrative than statistics driven anyway. He doesnít play PK, so thatís a similar knock that Kadri (haha) will get if people bring him up.

Thereís no shame in Matthews being more defensively similar to Barkov, Kopitar, rather than Bergeron or Kesler, because Matthews is lighting the lamp better than all those guys.

What I really meant is:  Is there an argument that Matthews is becoming one of the best defensive players in the league.  (I agree that the actual award is more narrative-driven and typically goes to older guys who have built up the narrative.)

Another way to phrase the question:  Where does Matthews rank defensively amongst todays centers?

(The reason I ask is that you often seem to give interesting statistical arguments.  But if you have no particular response at this time, no worries.)

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