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Haha...When I first saw this I said looks exactly how Gardiner would play it. No body position and reaching with his stick. Make all the excuses of what he was thinking or trying to do. Jake is a very soft offensive defenceman.

But that's not Jake in the clip?  :-\

Yeah none of the Leafs D ever do that amount of nothing even at their most ineffectual.
The comment should read "Awful Defense" not "Incredible Goal".

In the last 10 games:

Leafs have scored 31, scorers: MM=8, JT=6, KK=3, AJ=3, everyone else=11

Somehow Marleau manages to be a -12, next closest forwards at -5.


Hyman back with Matthews and Nylander for (I believe) the first time this season.

I reaaaalllly thought they might juggle the 2nd and 3rd defence pairings though. Safe to say nothing can change those at this point.
I like those lines. It's time to get some mojo back.

I watched the highlights on TSN again and in the 2nd period, Dermott goes behind the night and blindly throws the puck backhanded right to an Avs player who has an amazing chance but Andersen makes an even better save and the puck gets cleared away. So no goal on the play and no one is complaining about Dermott's defensive woes. The fact is dmen make mistakes, all the time, I just think Gardiner gets picked on because of last year's game 7. Just like McCabe before him and Murphy before him.

Pfft typical Flyers fan coming over here to our boards and spouting rational analysis.
Should have given JVR $7M x 5...hatty last night.

Conclusions: Babs is fumbling, and our defense is still not good enough.

Shake off the BS and peak at playoff time, especially Babcock.

So who's starting tonight... maybe Carlton knows?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:02:55 PM »
I agree with Jeff Blair... that's why I was recommending possibly breaking up the duo to spread the wealth around a bit since no one else is going right now.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Which Leafs will Be Named All-Stars ?
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:57:18 PM »
I thought Toronto would have had enough pull to get Reiley in. I guess a scoring W is a sexier option to everyone else when it comes to a All-Star Game.


I am Hainsey in conversations like this.

The announcers didn't really pick up that there was a hand pass right away so when that happened live I may have screamed at my TV a little bit.

My heart skipped a beat when that happened and my oldest was like "WHAT'S HAINSEY DOING DADDY!!??"
Played beer league hockey last night and this looks like some of our line changes except for it being a hand pass.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Defensive Logjam
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:01:16 AM »
I agree.  So should Oz. 

Strategically, this makes no sense.  If we do need Holl, he'll be too out of practice to perform.  Ideally, he rotates in once a week for the rest of the season.

Agree. Holl will be useless if he doesn't get in more then the 2 in 42 so far.

I get Hainsey not sitting, at least from Babcock's point of view. He considers him a central part to the defence and plays a large role on the PK. I really don't get why Oz has a permanent spot in the line-up though.

And yeah if come playoff time we have an injured defender, I definitely wouldn't feel comfortable throwing Holl or Marincin out there if they've essentially sat in the pressbox all season long. I'd be calling up a Marlie instead.

Hainsey is the Komarov 'safety blanket', so I get where Babcock is coming from even if my eyes and the deeper stats don't really see it. Hainsey's contract is up this season and we're not juicing his stats to trade him; Holl's deal goes into next season when cheap depth is gold, so I know he's at least nominally in the longer term plans.

At this point, it would pay dividends down the road to ensure Marincin, Holl are in game shape, which we as hockey fans already know is a real issue (that some people somehow will ignore for a certain player and the narrative around him because their feelings were hurt). I know it's outside the comfort zone of hockey culture, but this needs to be Popovich'd, not waiting for an injury and getting caught pants down before using your extended bench. Consider it an extension of the 40 second shift: if you're fresh, you can go harder than the other guy*.

Ozhiganov and Lindholm are about to be playing more games than they're used to, even if they're in the veteran prime age, and it's been showing lately.

* yeah, I know, phrasing.
The ridiculous part about their lack of the play is interchanging our bottom 6 for Holl or Marincin will have a completely negligible impact one way or another. I think we all hope post deadline we have an additional option or two that will have an impact.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The powerplay: Time to reboot?
« on: January 09, 2019, 01:35:44 PM »
Kapanen now on PP duh.

This (or something like it) should have been done before Xmas but Babcock is essentially a mule with a very high salary.

It should balance the threat from the 2 units.  As bad as both have been lately, the second was none at all.
Crazy that he goes through guys like Levio, Moore, Hyman, and Brown but not the most obvious, most skilled, best scorers. I think he is obsessed with his idea of what he perceives as roles, player types and line structure.

Just get your best players on the ice and much as you can without burning them out.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The powerplay: Time to reboot?
« on: January 09, 2019, 01:29:42 PM »
I hope they get somewhat equal opportunity. I don't want to listen to the optics of Matthews being referred to anything "second unit".

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: January 09, 2019, 01:24:47 PM »

That's a pretty crazy coincidence.
Ovie at 637 goals and going strong is amazing. 35 G per year x 6 years would get him to 847. I am guessing he gets to 800 goals.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: January 09, 2019, 11:36:56 AM »
NHL ALERT! : Milan Lucic scored a goal last night.
2 Goals, -28, 1.7 S% in 88 games prior to last night's goal. FYI, career S% of 13.5%.

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