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Leafs really struggle when their game plan can't be executed almost perfectly. Still need to learn how to do a better job of finding other ways to win.

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Matthews is not 100% yet. That cross-ice backhand just had no zip.

Definitely does not look as strong on the puck as usual.

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This has all the makings of a trap game - team on a winning streak, destroyed last opponent on the scoreboard, last place team in the league . . .




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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Frederik Andersen
« on: Today at 01:48:47 PM »
Slowly coming back to respectability. The team needs him to be better & more consistent, which is easily achievable by the way.

I mean if you're talking about this season stats at .914% sure it's getting respectable now, but the last 4 starts for Andersen have been lights out.  He's been something like .973% the last 4 games.

.941 in 7 November starts - and that includes a stinker against St Louis where the team didn't really show up until the 3rd period. He had a rough start to the season - which is obviously largely on him, but at least somewhat on the coach/GM for not having a backup they were willing to play more. Gotta get your backup into more games early in the year and let your starter get into the season at the pace they're best suited for.

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This has all the makings of a trap game - team on a winning streak, destroyed last opponent on the scoreboard, last place team in the league . . .

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:52:51 PM »
NHLPlayerSafety: Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas suspended ten games for slashing Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault. nhl.com/video/gudas-su…

DPS not going easy on Gudas. Good.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:04:11 PM »
Yup, I'm sure we have lots of guys who can be hard-matched against Backstrom/Ovechkin for 6 games, start in the defensive zone a ton, and sport a -1.

He and his line mates did a wonderful job of allowing the line of Ovechkin/Backstrom/Oshie to only score 6 of the 8 goals they scored at even strength - and that doesn't include goals that may have been scored by defencemen with them on the ice.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:12:24 PM »
Or you can turn them in assets that strengthen year team in the long run.

Or, sometimes, you have players in the system you can contribute the same amount or more in the same role, and that gives the opportunity to keep building up the kind of pipeline teams need to be contenders for an extended period.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leivo signs 1-year extension
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:31:25 PM »
He must really love the city/his teammates/earning money for practicing but not having to play/know something we don't.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:45:21 PM »
Goudas is a decent player. He doesn't need to play meatball hockey.

Some pretty decent cheese, as well. :P

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At what point do we fans become concerned with the slumping possession numbers?  If they stay that way after Matthews comes back?  Right now I have a hard time distinguishing what is happening now from what happened during the Kessel years.

Corsi is a proxy for possession, but not necessarily a proxy for how dangerous a team is (see LA Kings last season).

Case in point last Saturday's game vs. Boston, when they shelled us for a bajillion chances and McElhinney stood tall. Watch those shots again, and you'll see McElhinney just playing like a goalie is expected to, and Boston just firing it into the crest or pads from not that close in.

So the similarities with Carlyle's Leafs are that giving up lots of shots, but trying to keep them all to the outside. The Leafs right now are similarly letting some shots attempts through, but largely making sure they're not strenuous to save (a lot fewer rebound efforts lately).

Also, in two of the last 3 games, they were awfully close to 50% at even-strength - which, while not great, also isn't bad considering they've been without their best forward. They're allowing the puck to their goalie more than they're getting it to the other team's goalie, but they're putting roughly the same amount of pucks towards the net - and that's a huge difference from the Carlyle era.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:36:55 AM »
He's been offered an in-person hearing, so the option for 5+ is available. I'm going to guess 6, but, really, given his history and such, it's should be 10+.

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... what have I done?

Of all people, you should know better.

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That 2nd point was all Andersen IMHO!

Both points were basically all Andersen.

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Andersen steals one for the Leafs tonight.

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