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Matthews wouldve been there for that leading pass Nylander fed in front of Schneider.

Marner with the shoulder juke to gain entry was aces.

Seems like that should be a holding call there dumping Marleau into the boards.

Zaitsev and Borgman have been good tonight.

Theyre both skating out more confidently. Also easier outlets with the lower middle forward.

Oh I thought Marner was going to bury that!

He buried it into the ref and nearly banked it into the net.

Are you not entertained?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: So... how goes your rebuild?
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:12:06 PM »
This is about a month old now, but it's a really good conversation about rebuilds from the perspective of someone who went through both versions: Teardown and On the Fly.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:34:12 PM »
At his draft, Matthews was asked who he thought the best player at the draft was. His answer: Clayton Keller.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:14:20 PM »
Auston still out against Devils tonight. I'm guessing they're waiting until he's one-hundred percent, and he's ninety-five right now. He's the franchise for the next decade. It's worth it.

Maybe he's just a healthy scratch cause he's been outperformed by other guys since he's been out?  Babcock doesn't want to break the news.

Matt Martin did have three assists in one game.

and Matthews hasn't achieved that this season.

The last time he got 3 assists was last season Feb 21, 2016 against Winnipeg, but two of them were on the power play. Martin's were all even strength.

Edit: Martin is also leading the team in faceoff percentage at 100%. Which is also tops in the league.

I kinda feel bad for Taylor Hall.

Big promotion for Soshnikov.  He's going to dominate the press box.

Sosh is in with Matthews out.

Did anyone else see this gem in reply to Shilton's initial tweet about the optional skate?

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:50:16 AM »
The big bad Brian Burke Flames started being rats tonight and got absolutely handled by the Red Wings.

Supplementary discipline should be interesting, some of the stuff from the Wings was overkill, but if you go looking for a fight...

Is anyone surprised that Tkachuk is in the middle of it all?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Movie Thread
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:29:22 AM »
But there's no depth there. You're talking about a line or two of expository sci-fi babble that's clearly a contrivance for getting him involved. Doing that with any villain and or hero is elementary stuff.

I agree a simple line or two would have been a contrivance, but in the case of Bruce Banner's presence in the Avengers, they organically established the rules of his dissociative identity disorder where every transformation became launch points for character-developing set-pieces.

I don't know. I think about the Nicholson vs. Ledger Jokers and think that, by far, the character worked better without retconning him to have killed Batman's parents but instead simply being an embodiment of random criminality. In fact, they almost riffed on the notion. Making a joke of the idea that he has some tragic backstory that explains him. Batman didn't need a personal beef to want to stop him.

I think one of the reasons Marvel's movies have been so successful of late is that we're now comfortable enough with the characters that they don't need to spoonfeed us personal backstories and origins. That streamlines things like Civil War but it really streamlines something like the most recent Spider-Man where they figured out we kind of know who Spider-Man is so we don't need to see him learning all of his lessons. He could pretty much just get to swinging around on webs.

Yeah, Marvel has definitely reached that maturity; I credit the first phase of movies with the smaller scope stories of characters learning to become heroes against their archnemeses (Stane, Red Skull, Loki) and coming together to form the basis of a team.

The DCEU doesn't really have that story maturity (technically they do, but refuse to use it). There were many aspects of Man of Steel that I really liked, and I also liked how BvS riffed on those themes and plot points. They're unfortunately buried and not fully explored under explosions and slow-mos. Nolan's Batmans anchored the character first in a personal battle (Ra's, who taught him to harness his trauma and darkness) before moving to an ideological one (Joker, Dent duality questions). I don't know what the heck Bane was supposed to represent and it was a mess.

Sounds unsustainable, no?

They've done it two years straight... mostly with players we're already casting off the team.

Well, had great results on the PP yes (I think they were 2nd in the NHL).  Not quite these results last year though.  Is it sustainable- depends on what part you are talking about.  Can they continue to generate that many shots, rebounds, etc from in close?  Maybe.  Philly's top PP unit last year had something crazy like 130 CF/60.  If they do, then yeah, maybe the scoring will remain sustainable if they keep shooting from so close.  Otherwise, a dip in attempts will surely lead to a dip in GF/60.

The only thing that might keep them from continuing to generate like this is getting stymied at the blue line and not getting set up on time. The rest of PP1's strategy is not really stoppable.

And right now, PP2 hasn't really got going yet. The theory behind their strategy is the same, but the methodology is almost completely different.

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