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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #135 on: April 12, 2019, 03:45:55 PM »
This is somewhat a repost of mine, but the Leafs were surging in March and were just sunk by crappy goaltending (chart from @ChartingHockey):


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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #136 on: April 12, 2019, 03:58:17 PM »
What's interesting is I don't think a lot of the Leafs' underlying numbers have been good in the last month. I haven't looked at myself but so I've heard.

For the first chunk of the month, it was already the worst. Goalie hell week especially, when some quick high deflections found their way in and the team couldn't be bothered to put themselves on the line to get more points given all the injuries and illnesses happening at that time already.


The end of March, even without seeing the results on the scoreboard, saw the Leafs rounding into form. We're not even at full strength right now due to Gardiner and Dermott's injury recoveries (neither are the Bruins, but their listed injuries are to no one important in my mind).

EDIT: Ah, Carlton beat me to it.

Here is the same chart/data with Boston included:
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #137 on: April 12, 2019, 04:02:48 PM »
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People struggle with the concept of probability. After the last Presidential election people said that the outcome disproved the models that had the result as being only 25% possible or whatever. But that's not how things work. All you can do is put together a group to be in the best possible position, you can't control for everything.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #138 on: April 14, 2019, 05:08:10 PM »

However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

Really? That's the difference between a loss in 5 and a win in 7?

Like I said, Kadri and Gardiner will be keys to the series.  Who knows what would have happened if Kadri wasn't a bonehead in game 2.  Maybe the Leafs get a second goal.  They need Gardiner to play solid defensively which is what he is doing, but the Kadri thing may cost the Leafs the series.  If I am wrong and the Leafs take the series, I will be the first to say that you were right and I was wrong, I do hope I am wrong, I really do.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #139 on: April 14, 2019, 09:04:16 PM »

However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

Really? That's the difference between a loss in 5 and a win in 7?

Like I said, Kadri and Gardiner will be keys to the series.  Who knows what would have happened if Kadri wasn't a bonehead in game 2.  Maybe the Leafs get a second goal.  They need Gardiner to play solid defensively which is what he is doing, but the Kadri thing may cost the Leafs the series.  If I am wrong and the Leafs take the series, I will be the first to say that you were right and I was wrong, I do hope I am wrong, I really do.
Yesterday the Bruins were the team I feared.  Big, physical, fast, and mean.  Losing Kadri will be brutal.  I am hopeful that the Leafs can pull it off but I definitely think Boston is in the driver's seat now, particularly if they can win game 3 and win back home ice advantage.  Who comes off the bench to fill in while Kadri is out?

Hopefully Babcock can pull off some coaching wizardry.  We'll see tomorrow.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #140 on: April 14, 2019, 09:20:14 PM »
Leafs need to play their game,  not easy to do but that simple. Whoever gets the easier matchup, not against Bergeroncan hopefully produce. Our 3rd and 4th lines need to outplay theirs too. Our goalie is better!

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #141 on: April 15, 2019, 01:48:34 PM »
- Kadri will (hopefully) ride the physical line without a suspension.
This... has not aged well. Let's just pretend he tore his ACL on that DeBrusk knee :-\

Let's have a look at the Eastern Conference Round One:
CBJ leads TB 3-0.
NYI leads PGH 3-0.
WASH leads CAR 2-0.

The road is open. Get in there and take it Buds! Slay that dirty dragon.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #142 on: April 16, 2019, 08:08:10 AM »

However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

Really? That's the difference between a loss in 5 and a win in 7?

Like I said, Kadri and Gardiner will be keys to the series.  Who knows what would have happened if Kadri wasn't a bonehead in game 2.  Maybe the Leafs get a second goal.  They need Gardiner to play solid defensively which is what he is doing, but the Kadri thing may cost the Leafs the series.  If I am wrong and the Leafs take the series, I will be the first to say that you were right and I was wrong, I do hope I am wrong, I really do.
Yesterday the Bruins were the team I feared.  Big, physical, fast, and mean.  Losing Kadri will be brutal.  I am hopeful that the Leafs can pull it off but I definitely think Boston is in the driver's seat now, particularly if they can win game 3 and win back home ice advantage.  Who comes off the bench to fill in while Kadri is out?

Hopefully Babcock can pull off some coaching wizardry.  We'll see tomorrow.

I am glad I was wrong.  The way the Leafs played last night, it shows they can actually play playoff hockey and win.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #143 on: April 16, 2019, 09:55:30 AM »
Babcock has to identify that Marleau isn't doing anything out there and needs his ice time cut.  Moore and Ennis did more with 6 minutes of ice than Marleau did in almost double that time.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #144 on: April 16, 2019, 10:19:49 AM »
Babcock has to identify that Marleau isn't doing anything out there and needs his ice time cut.  Moore and Ennis did more with 6 minutes of ice than Marleau did in almost double that time.
Babcock has been solid. The ice time distribution has been great.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #145 on: April 16, 2019, 10:49:10 AM »
Babcock has to identify that Marleau isn't doing anything out there and needs his ice time cut.  Moore and Ennis did more with 6 minutes of ice than Marleau did in almost double that time.

I don't buy that. I actually find Marleau to be contributing quite well. Can we swap Moore in the odd time? Sure. But I don't think a full swap will help the team. Just my opinion though.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #146 on: April 16, 2019, 10:51:53 AM »
I'm OK with Marleau's usage right now. Only 11 minutes last night, that's about right. As long as he never appears on LW
with Matthews I'm happy.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #147 on: April 16, 2019, 11:31:56 AM »

Props to Muzzin-Zaitsev for doing the actual work here but credit needs to go to Babs too. We've all criticized his line-up/deployment at some point or another but switching from Rielly-Hainsey to that pairing for the Bergeron assignment is one of the biggest reasons we're up 2-1 right now.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #148 on: April 16, 2019, 12:01:46 PM »

Is there really anything to complain about right now?

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #149 on: April 16, 2019, 12:04:24 PM »

Is there really anything to complain about right now?

Yes.  Marleau should have a bigger number after that minus.  Not surprising to me that the Nylander line was the worst one possession wise last night.  And I thought Willy played a really good game!  Would really like to see:

Moore-Nylander-Brown
Marleau-Goat-Ennis

(I don't think Marleau-Brown works well at all, and I think it would make the 4th line too weak so I prefer to split them up)

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
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