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People complaining about the game is funny. Harder then playing back to back is playing 3 games in 4 nights on that 4th night. Usually the team loses on that night and I fully expected Leafs to lose last night. The fact they managed to pull it out is a testament to their talent, all this without Matthews or Nylander.  I guess some fans forget the last 12 or 13 years if they're complaining about the game last night lol

Agree 100%.  The fact that they're winning without Matthews & Nylander shows the depth of the lineup, particularly upfront.

In fact, with the way the team has been playing, it's enough to make one forget Matthews & Nylander altogether (or at least, for the temporary while).

Sat. Nov.17

2 Vancouver     - Montréal @ Vancouver        7pm
6 Nashville       - Los Angeles @ Nashville     7pm
1 Calgary         - Edmonton @ Calgary            10pm
5 San Jose     - St.Louis @ San Jose              10:30pm

Sun.Nov. 18

3 NYIslanders   - Dallas @ NYIslanders          1pm 
4 Minnesota     -  Minnesota @ Chicago         8pm


Only tangentially related, I'm trying to remember which 80s Blue Jay mentioned that he used to... uh... water the grass in the outfield under the cover of his glove mid-game. Was it George Bell?

Rick Bosetti. 

Bosetti claimed that he wet the grass without a hose only in pre-game warm-ups when there were no fans in the park. But it was an open secret around the league that he did it during games while pitching changes were being made. He wanted to prove that he could take a leak before thousands of fans and not be noticed. He accomplished this feat by turning to the outfield wall and putting his glove in front of his waist.

MotM:   Gardiner
Hm:       Sparks

Mentions to Marleau, Reilly, Marner, Tavares, Kadri, Zaltsev.

Here are the games for this round. (No Leaf games this weekend).
Thought I'd input some Sunday games. 

Deadline is 7pm Saturday. All times Eastern.

Sat. Nov. 17

Montréal @ Vancouver     - 7pm
Los Angeles @ Nashville  - 8pm
Edmonton @ Calgary         -10pm
St.Louis @ San Jose          - 10:30pm

Sun. Nov.18

Dallas @ NYIslanders       - 1pm
Minnesota @ Chicago      -  6pm

MotM:   Kappy!
Hm:       Mitchee!

Good efforts by Andersen, Tavares, Marleau, Leivo, Kadri, Gauthier, Lindholm, Ennis, Reilly, Dermott, Gardiner, et al.

Raptors now 12 & 3 on the year.  Suffered their second straight home loss Wednesday night to Dwayne Casey's Detroit Pistons 106-104 ( at the last second). 

Ex-coach Casey received a warm eelcome back in the city he once called home and had this to say of proudly having been part of the Raptors organizaton for so long (until his firing).

"I tried to help a lot of coaches across the country and in the city, brought them in, made them part of our program, the Canadian coaches."

“I said that when I first got here, to build basketball here in the country, it starts with the little coaches. I spent a lot of time with the bitty (ball) coaches … trying to develop it. It’s big, basketball in Canada is at an all-time high. Some of the top players in this country and this city are being highly recruited and hopefully (I) had something to do with that and leave that little mark behind."


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: November 13, 2018, 06:43:53 PM »
Signing Nylander to a one-year deal would not be the end of the world for Dubas, even when Nylander would take to arbitration after a year of having signed.  Sure he will be seeking a long-term high value contract afterwards through arbitration, but in this way it could buy Dubas and the Leafs time & preparation leading up to that point.

It would be the best of the worst to say the least.  Besides, as much as Dubas & the Nylander camp seem stuck at this impasse, in the end one could say that a one year deal would work in both in Dubas' and Nylander's favour -- the former re-establishes some sort credibility & trust in his player and the latter gets to play and contribute to his team.

Better this way than no way at all.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:53:37 AM »
My answer would be Subban.  Flamboyant, outspoken, has his game face on every time, great point shot, reliable enough and...he'a T.O. boy.  'Nuff said.

10 Events / Re: 2018-2019 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 03:39:34 AM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 6:

hockeyfan1             65
Hobbes                    55
BarMutt                    55

Results for Round 6:

BarMutt                11
hockeyfan1          11
   Tiebreaking Winner   
Hobbes                  6

This round's winner is...hockeyfan1 in a tiebreaker.  Nice.  :)   I'll post the next round's games by midweek.

Standings page:

Non-Hockey Chatter / Remembrance Day 2018
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:20:53 AM »

Well, for better or for worse, Sparks and McElhinney both have nearly identical save percentages thus far this season.  So it's hard to say we made the wrong move at this point.  A better backup would be good.  We'll see.  Good players cost money.

Babcock's choice wasn't Sparks but McElhinney.  We can see why.  It's debatable on whether Sparks has the mentality or composure, or whether it's a matter of not playing regularly that  hampers him.

Sparks sports the highest Expected Save Percentage in the league.  Small sample size on account of the fact that he played nary a few games.  It would be interesting to see what would happen if he were given play on a more consistent basis.

Dubas had faith in going with Sparks as the backup (and perhaps as the eventual go-to frontrunner in replacing Freddie at some point in time).  Or didn't he?

Babcock's rationale:

Well, well...

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