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#1
Quote from: L K on May 17, 2024, 08:42:35 PM
Quote from: princedpw on May 17, 2024, 07:15:32 PM
Quote from: Highlander on May 17, 2024, 04:11:56 PMthe more I read about him, the more I like the pick. Holds players accountable and that is exaclty what a few of these guys need. I wonder how much player input he will have on acquisitions etc with Treviling?

Ok. I need to know what "holding players accountable" means and how that helps the leafs win a game 7.  Like specifically, what does a coach holding players accountable do and why does it make Samsonov save 1 extra goal or Marner score an extra goal?

 

To me, it looks like the Leafs want to win. And they have played well in many high pressure situations. They haven't won a game 7. But is the pressure really noticeably higher in that game 7 than game 5 or 6 that have to win?

I think a fairer argument for the team is that they struggle to close games out rather than play in high pressure situations.

2018 - win Game 6 to tie it 3-3 lose 7-4 in Game 7
2019 - win Game 5 to go up 3-2 and lose Game 6 4-2 and Game 7 5-1
2020 - win Game 4 to tie it 2-2 then lose Game 5 3-0
2021 - win game 4 to go up 3-1 and lose Game 5, Game 6, Game 7
2022 - win Game 5 to go up 3-2 then lose Game 6 and Game 7
2023 - win Game 4 to go up 3-1 then lose Game 5 and win Game 6; Win Game 4 to go 3-1 then lose Game 5
2024 - win Games 5/6 to tie it up 3-3 then lose Game 7

When the Leafs are facing potential elimination they are 4-9 since 2018
When the Leafs opponents are facing elimination they are 1-11

The Leafs can't put teams away when their opponent is up against the wall. 


Good point!
#2
Quote from: Highlander on May 17, 2024, 04:11:56 PMthe more I read about him, the more I like the pick. Holds players accountable and that is exaclty what a few of these guys need. I wonder how much player input he will have on acquisitions etc with Treviling?

Ok. I need to know what "holding players accountable" means and how that helps the leafs win a game 7.  Like specifically, what does a coach holding players accountable do and why does it make Samsonov save 1 extra goal or Marner score an extra goal?

 

To me, it looks like the Leafs want to win. And they have played well in many high pressure situations. They haven't won a game 7. But is the pressure really noticeably higher in that game 7 than game 5 or 6 that have to win?

#3
A Nylander explosion would be helpful tonight.
#4
Quote from: Zee on May 02, 2024, 02:17:48 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on May 02, 2024, 11:43:31 AM
Quote from: Zee on May 02, 2024, 11:35:42 AMConcussions can be weird though and sometimes they go undiagnosed which might have cleared him to play. We'll find out when the Leafs are out (whenever that may be)

He still wouldn't be out on the ice at all in the last couple days if it was a concussion. He'd be shut down completely until the symptoms were gone.

Good point.

Concussion seems like the most plausible thing I have heard -- he might not cleared for contact but could be cleared for skating during recovery from concussion-like symptoms (couldn't he?).

There is a video of him skating.  If he was sick with something like the flu, the problem would be stamina.  If that were the case, why not have him at least as the 12th forward, deployed on the power play?
#5
It is weird to me that they don't put Robertson in Matthews slot on PP1.  The guy's shot is a weapon.  It's not like the power play is humming and shouldn't be changed.
#7
Quote from: herman on April 24, 2024, 03:59:28 PM
Quote from: princedpw on April 24, 2024, 03:49:28 PMI'm in Europe (Netherlands) and my normal streams were blocked. Any suggested sites?

This is my usual and worked the last time I was overseas
https://nhlwebcast.com/on-air/

Thank you!
#8
I'm in Europe (Netherlands) and my normal streams were blocked. Any suggested sites?
#9
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on April 11, 2024, 08:18:19 PM
Quote from: herman on April 11, 2024, 08:13:06 PM
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on April 11, 2024, 08:11:52 PMNylander looks dangerous but has gone ice cold.

He's playing on two lines and they're both getting chances

He's stickhandling like a demigod.

Needs to be repeated: "Stick handling like a demigod."
#10
I am at the game tonight so I too am hoping, nay, predicting 5 goals tonight.
#11
Leafs have gone a number of years now loading up Matthews and Marner and it hasn't been enough in the playoffs. Time to try something else this year.
#12
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
April 02, 2024, 09:15:44 PM
Florida lost tonight. If the Leafs win their next two, they are tied in points. Amazing. Florida had such a lead seemingly yesterday.
#13
With 47 even strength goals, Matthews is getting into lofty territory in another way.

3 more ESG and he is tied for 10th best season all time (Esposito)
7 more ESG and he is tied for 4th best all time (Gretzky, Kurri when they scored 71, 73 goals)
8 more ESG and he is tied for 3rd best all time (Gretzky, when he scored 87 goals)
#14
Domi - Matthews - Bertuzzi
McMann - Tavares - Marner
Jarnkrok - Holmberg - Nylander
Knies - Kämpf - Dewar

Looks like a strong group. Would love to fit Robertson in but can't do it.
#15
Any time your team has the undisputed best goal scorer in the league, you should be happy. With 32 teams, and assuming perfect rotation of best goal scorers in the league, one might expect to have the best goal scorer once every 32 years.  But since best goal scorer title tends to persist for a few years, one might expect to have a best goal scorer for only one stretch of time every 100-150 years. ie, the leafs are right on target.

Having said that goal scorers tend to peak early and crash early. This has been said before but it's Ovechkin's longevity at a high level rather than his peak that makes him so very exceptional. So while Matthews peak is similar to Ovechkin's (and hence already legendary), it is still extraordinarily unlikely that his excellence will last like Ovechkin's has. Matthews has already had too many injuries to key parts that wear down (back, shoulders).  So I'd give him almost no chance whatsoever to come close to Ovechkin's total goals. Here's hoping I'm wrong!