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Playoffs Round 1: Toronto Maple Leafs (A2) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (A3)

Started by CarltonTheBear, April 16, 2023, 10:55:37 AM

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Dappleganger

Quote from: Kaberle15 on April 25, 2023, 08:04:06 PM
Quote from: Dappleganger on April 25, 2023, 06:13:06 PMTake out Lafferty and ZAR and replace them with Bunting and Simmonds. Give Bunting some back up so he doesn't have to be the tough guy.

Give Gio and Holl a game off and insert Liljegren and Gustafsson (Swede connection).

Go with some fresh legs. Get some jump in their game.

Leafs have some depth, they should use it.


Not a good idea to change 4 of 18 skaters, including 2 Ds.

As for Bunting, I can see good arguments for him to be in or out of the line-up.

TBH, is a good thing to have those kind of "problems"



Generally I would agree with you, but it isn't very often an NHL team would have two very capable NHL defensemen waiting in the wings. The Gio/Holl pairing aren't having a lot of success so far this series. Give them a night off.



bustaheims

Quote from: Dappleganger on April 26, 2023, 08:33:38 AMGenerally I would agree with you, but it isn't very often an NHL team would have two very capable NHL defensemen waiting in the wings. The Gio/Holl pairing aren't having a lot of success so far this series. Give them a night off.




I get where you're coming from, and I partially agree. I think you rest one of them, but not the entire pair. Maybe put Liljagren in for Holl. He's played well with Gio in the past, and having his transition game in the lineup could also really improve things.

I'd be very cautious of putting Gustafsson in the lineup right now. Too much risk of him being exposed defensively.
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Dappleganger

Quote from: bustaheims on April 26, 2023, 09:07:22 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on April 26, 2023, 08:33:38 AMGenerally I would agree with you, but it isn't very often an NHL team would have two very capable NHL defensemen waiting in the wings. The Gio/Holl pairing aren't having a lot of success so far this series. Give them a night off.




I get where you're coming from, and I partially agree. I think you rest one of them, but not the entire pair. Maybe put Liljagren in for Holl. He's played well with Gio in the past, and having his transition game in the lineup could also really improve things.

I'd be very cautious of putting Gustafsson in the lineup right now. Too much risk of him being exposed defensively.

IF the Leafs can win tonight, I really like the idea of giving Gio about a week off.

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herman

#27 #TeamFasstholes


herman

https://theathletic.com/4450349/2023/04/25/maple-leafs-lightning-playoff-series/
Why is Toronto struggling to start games, tactically speaking?
The tactics are fine, actually (see later in the game), but it's a matter of execution of retrieval and breakout plays to bypass Tampa's extremely aggressive forechecking that they're using to insulate their defense.

QuoteWhat's also impressed some of the NHL coaches from other teams and former players I've talked to about Tampa's play during this series is they've used a very tight gap on the Leafs, forcing them out of their system and to make poor decisions with the puck again and again.

The Leafs typically don't like to chip the puck out of the zone and give up possession, which makes sense. But they're struggling to make clean plays because of the aggressiveness of the Lightning forecheck, which is disrupting what Toronto's defence is able to do, which in turn disrupts the whole team's ability to rush up the ice. That level of aggressiveness is something the Leafs' defence hasn't seen a ton of this season, as it's a really hard way to play over the course of 82 games.

Toronto's back end, other than Rielly, isn't exactly the fleetest group, either, which is one reason we're likely seeing Lightning coach Jon Cooper target them in this way. But I think it also caught up with Tampa late in Game 4, as the older Lightning didn't seem to have the legs to fend off the high-octane push from Toronto's best players.

It's a very small sample so far, and two of them being blowouts in either direction doesn't help us glean too much meaning from the underlying statistics; on top of that, games 3 and 4 were both a tale of two different games. Our bottom 6 get plenty of minutes in the opening half and absorb pretty much the brunt of Tampa's attack (massively lopsided attempts/chances/xG/G against) and then when we start chasing the score and Tampa's energy wanes, the top 6 start to cook and even out their numbers while the 4th line stews on the bench in their numbers. Similarly for the defense metrics: McCabe/Brodie, Gio/Holl eat poop assignments for 30 min, and then Rielly gets to feast off score effects and open space with our heavy hitters for the rest of the game.
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Rob

Quote from: herman on April 26, 2023, 10:34:20 AMIt's a very small sample so far, and two of them being blowouts in either direction doesn't help us glean too much meaning from the underlying statistics; on top of that, games 3 and 4 were both a tale of two different games. Our bottom 6 get plenty of minutes in the opening half and absorb pretty much the brunt of Tampa's attack (massively lopsided attempts/chances/xG/G against) and then when we start chasing the score and Tampa's energy wanes, the top 6 start to cook and even out their numbers while the 4th line stews on the bench in their numbers. Similarly for the defense metrics: McCabe/Brodie, Gio/Holl eat poop assignments for 30 min, and then Rielly gets to feast off score effects and open space with our heavy hitters for the rest of the game.

So Leafs should just ice the puck for the first half of the game. 

CarltonTheBear

https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/1651258762928308231

Leafs using the same lines they switched to in game 4 at practice today. Including most notably Knies with Tavares and Marner.

Might not be a full confirmation that Bunting is staying out, but that's what they're showing for now.





Bender

Quote from: CarltonTheBear on April 26, 2023, 11:18:25 AMhttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/1651258762928308231

Leafs using the same lines they switched to in game 4 at practice today. Including most notably Knies with Tavares and Marner.

Might not be a full confirmation that Bunting is staying out, but that's what they're showing for now.

Pretty much what I would do. I'd MAYBE put Bunting in over Lafferty but I just don't trust him not to be an idiot and consistently have our team in the box.
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