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Started by CarltonTheBear, May 11, 2022, 10:19:18 PM
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Quote from: Bullfrog on May 12, 2022, 07:50:14 AMI think they should go with a 1st line of Nylander-Matthews-Marner. Just put out your absolute best.
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 12, 2022, 07:58:09 AMQuote from: Bullfrog on May 12, 2022, 07:50:14 AMI think they should go with a 1st line of Nylander-Matthews-Marner. Just put out your absolute best.I'm not really sure we're at the load-up stage of the plan yet, but if they did do something like that I'd be really curious to see how Tavares would do on the wing with M&M. He fits more into the Hyman/Bunting role that that they've had success with in the past, but also has the scoring chops that they didn't. You'd still have Kerfoot-Nylander behind them on the 2nd line and the Kampf line for checking.If we're heading towards another "top line getting shut down on the road by Point/Cirelli" game though I'd rather see M&M split up though for a game.
Quote from: herman on May 12, 2022, 08:09:57 AMHyman/Bunting works for Matthews-Marner because they usually played F1 to free up pucks for the money makers. Tavares, unfortunately, cannot F1; the only pucks he's been getting to first since the turn of the new year were the ones where the puck went to him off the bounce, rather than him actually going and getting it.
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 12, 2022, 08:23:47 AMI think you're underrating how often it's actually M&M using their speed to get to pucks first on the forecheck (when they're not just entering the zone with control that is) and just poking it along the boards to an available forward. Tavares might not get to puck first all the time but once he gets it along the boards/behind the net he does a good job keeping it and opening up room for other players (i.e. the Rielly goal).
QuoteExplaining the startI didn't think the Leafs' first period was as bad as some other people (Nick Kypreos was not a fan of it on today's podcast). Still, I did have a number of negative notes about their play, and their inability to handle the puck, so it took me awhile to figure out what I was seeing.If you're full of nervous energy, your legs work like crazy, but it's harder to use your scalpel in all its intricate detail. The Leafs were getting touches and chances but couldn't make a play, which makes sense in the context of nervous energy.So while I had "down arrow" notes for William Nylander and Auston Matthews in the first period, over and over with the words "bobbled pucks" by their numbers, I should've seen it as a good sign they were around the puck and involved in the action over and over.When the Leafs have failed in the past, the problem hasn't been poor offensive touches, it's been ... not getting them at all. They've just quietly disappeared into the night. Those guys were involved from the jump (as much as possible with all the penalties), and it turns out that was a positive.
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