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Is it time to panic?

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I for one welcome our new #23 overload....

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:46:08 PM »
Would you look at that.  The Leafs missed two chances to draft a Sebastien Aho:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=174983

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=164509

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I think the Kessel years where the Leafs would get out to a hot start and then bottom out near the end of the year have left me feeling like that could happen at any time.

At no point do I feel like the Leafs are assured of anything, so I don't feel overly confident in saying that the Leafs are going to achieve any measure of success.

Looking at things objectively, they have been playing better of late in that their game has more pace and it looks like they are skating again.  I felt the team skated very well in the Tamp and Sharks games.  The had a bit of a letdown in the Canucks game, but I though they skated well again in the Columbus game and the Sens game.  I think that trend of skating well in games is a good thing.

If you factor in that a lot of their goal scoring woe's are probably tied to slumps that the players should eventually break out of then the goals should come back, but only if the slumps break.  I think at the start of the year we were seeing Matthews, JvR and Kadri all on hot streaks at the same time, so that inflated the numbers a bit.  JvR has cooled a bit, and Kadri is downright frozen.  Matthews had been pretty consistent, but even he has gone a couple of games now without a point.  Marner and Nylander sort of break in and out of these mini slumps to supplement the offense every so often.   

I think the strength of this team is that the have 4 players that can break a game wide open for them in Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and the emergence of Reilly.  In that sense, they have 4 players that can break a slump and turn a losing streak around by themselves.  This is something they didn't have during the Kessel years.  They also have a goalie who can win games all by himself with a little more consistency than the goalies they had during the Kessel years.

The fear is still there though that the chips aren't going to fall in to place for them.  That players won't rise to the occasion or that the wrong decisions will get made for stubborn reasons, and that they will tumble down the standings as a result. 

Since 1999, there has never been a season where the Leafs have made the playoffs and the Sens haven't.  I'd like that to be this year, but I am not so sure it's going to be. 

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Jvr
Nylander

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My god.  This airplane has no parachute.

Okay, I'm on the bench Polak train now.

I honestly didn't think it was that dramatic.

The swings or my reaction?   My reaction was a bit tongue in cheek.

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What is the Leafs record with Polak in the lineup? I don't want to blame it all on him but I am willing.

11-13-2 - but that include 3 SO wins. They have 8 ROW in his 26 games in the lineup.

That keeps up and it's 18 wheeler of a ledge time.

It's even crazier, if you check my edits. The split is absurd. Obviously, that's not all on Polak, but, still . . . that's a huge swing.

My god.  This airplane has no parachute.

Okay, I'm on the bench Polak train now.

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What is the Leafs record with Polak in the lineup? I don't want to blame it all on him but I am willing.

11-13-2 - but that include 3 SO wins. They have 8 ROW in his 26 games in the lineup.

That keeps up and it's 18 wheeler of a ledge time.

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Hmmm, that is problematic.

Ooooooohhhhh, someone was born with the ability to look on the bright side.

Better?

Nah.



There is just no pleasing you.

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Ooooooohhhhh, someone got optimism for Christmas.

In my Jewish household? Never.

Hmmm, that is problematic.

Ooooooohhhhh, someone was born with the ability to look on the bright side.

Better?

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The score sucks, but I don't really get the overwhelming negativity tonight. For the first time in a while, I think the Leafs have been far and away the better team from the moment the puck dropped to start the game. Anderson (and the cross bar and bad ice) has kept Ottawa in the game. The Leafs' inability to finish over the last little while is concerning, but their overall play tonight? Not at all.

Ooooooohhhhh, someone got optimism for Christmas.

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Should be a nice tired Sens team for the third.

That's not going to make us feel better when they beat the Leafs.

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What the hell did Matthews just do?

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Good old Babcock and his line matching.  Stop letting every opponent dictate the line changes...

It totally isn't working and hasn't for a long time.  But until he decides to change course, we're stuck with it.  For better or worse, Babcock is in charge of this ship.

Well, we only have 6 more years of it.  Careful what you wish for I guess.

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I think what frustrates me the most is the inability to make a pass.

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