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Leafs Record on Saturday... Yikes!

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I flipped tonight's game off when it was 2-0 Jets with 13 minutes to go in the 3rd period.  Naturally, the Leafs came back and won this one.

 

Had they not, they would have had a record of 1-3 on Saturday nights. So it's 2-2 instead with a lucky late game comeback but otherwise holy smokes don't watch the Leafs on HNIC unless you want to fall asleep on your couch.  I don't know what it is but this team plays terrible on Saturdays more often than not and I'm going to be tracking it this season.  :(

 

LEAFS RECORD ON SATURDAY - UPDATED:

 

  1. Oct. 6 vs Senators: 5-3 loss
  2. Oct. 13 vs Capitals: 4-2 win
  3. Oct. 20 vs Blues: 4-1 loss
  4. Oct. 27 vs Jets: 3-2 win
  5. Nov. 3 vs Pittsburgh: 5-0 win
  6. Nov. 10 vs Boston: 5-1 loss
  7. Nov. 24 vs Philadelphia: 6-0 win
  8. Dec. 1 vs Minnesota: 5-3 win
  9. Dec. 8 vs Boston: 6-3 loss

 

 

Record: 5-4

 

 

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Lucky? Unexpected, yes.

 

TO played a very good game against a top quality team and deserved the victory. 

 

It was a boring game and with TO's diminishing depth that will be the type of hockey that will win games.

 

It was a forward's mistake that resulted in Winny's 2nd goal otherwise it was a seriously good defensive effort by the whole team and that's how a team becomes good defensively. Expecting the d to take full responsibility for TO's spotty defensive record for years was/is wrong, it's a team game and TO played as a team last night. 

 

I prefer TO outscore the opposition not out defend them. 

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On 10/28/2018 at 11:59 AM, hobie said:

It was a boring game and with TO's diminishing depth that will be the type of hockey that will win games.

 

(Silently grinds teeth and tries hard not to mention the salary cap for fear of driving people crazy.) 😱

 

I've been watching hockey since the early 1990's and I remember a time when teams had three lines that could score. If you took any team from today's NHL and put them up against a team from the early 90's, today's team would get destroyed. Every team is spread too thin. Modern NHL teams have about 1.5 lines worth of quality players and the rest are mostly just filler guys. Once upon a time you could ice two lines like Toronto's current top line and a 3rd line as good as Toronto's current 2nd line. 

 

The amount of expansion in the past two decades and the limits of the cap are extremely frustrating sometimes. I'm not convinced that the league is adding more NHL calibre players when it keeps adding teams. Ultimately they're just going to put the AHL out of business by stealing all of their players lol.  ;)  Maybe that's the idea. Maybe the NHL will just absorb all of the AHL teams into the league and we won't have a minor league in hockey any more. Everyone can just play in the NHL with a salary cap and one star player per team with fans paying NHL prices to watch AHL talent.  It'll be perfect.

 

(Sorry, I'll stop ranting. It's out of my system now I swear!)  :)

 

 

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A satisfying 5-0 victory tonight, and long overdue for a Saturday game. The late short-handed goal was the icing on the cake. Gave me a good chuckle. Happy to see Full Kessel sulking on the bench again. Brought back memories...  :)

 

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Yah, it can be kind of odd watching NHL hockey these days. Periods of tight checking, systemised defence, mechanical power plays, all wrapped up by amateur refereeing and unnecessary fighting. Players elbowing star players in the head as they speed by, because they have zero chance of ever catching the guy because those two players do not belong on the same ice

Followed by what I can only describe as "keystone cops" (google it) hockey, where both teams have their 4th line out and are so bad it is actually laughable. In all honesty, I had never laughed out loud due to lack of skill at an NHL game until this year. The last bloody thing the NHL needs is another team. They need to drop the weak franchises until they get to either 12 or 16 teams.

 

Rant over.

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On 11/5/2018 at 7:06 AM, BluPuk said:

Yah, it can be kind of odd watching NHL hockey these days. Periods of tight checking, systemised defence, mechanical power plays, all wrapped up by amateur refereeing and unnecessary fighting. Players elbowing star players in the head as they speed by, because they have zero chance of ever catching the guy because those two players do not belong on the same ice

Followed by what I can only describe as "keystone cops" (google it) hockey, where both teams have their 4th line out and are so bad it is actually laughable. In all honesty, I had never laughed out loud due to lack of skill at an NHL game until this year. The last bloody thing the NHL needs is another team. They need to drop the weak franchises until they get to either 12 or 16 teams.

 

Rant over.

 

Out of all the major pro sports in North America, the NHL is drawing from the smallest pool of available talent... and yet the NHL has 31 teams (soon to be 32). If you consider how many more people play football, baseball, or soccer, there's no way the NHL should have that many teams. It's a mirage. They're draining the minor leagues to fill NHL rosters.  The NHL makes sense with about 20 teams in it. 

 

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Another Saturday and another ugly loss for the Leafs. 🤕

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It's those damned Broons!! We can't beat them with a stick (neither a regular stick nor a hockey stick !) They are in our head(s)!

 

Almost makes me want to call for a pox on their house!

 

Nevermind, I'm alright now.......   😑

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On 11/16/2018 at 6:44 AM, BluPuk said:

It's those damned Broons!! We can't beat them with a stick (neither a regular stick nor a hockey stick !) They are in our head(s)!

 

Almost makes me want to call for a pox on their house!

 

Nevermind, I'm alright now.......   😑

 

lol.  ;)

 

Currently, the record doesn't bad. It's a .500 record on Saturdays, but given where the team is in the standings, you wouldn't know they were at the top of the conference by playing win one lose one hockey.  

 

Plus, at the time I wrote the thread they were on their way to a loss against Winnipeg. So it was going to be:

 

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

LOSS

 

In any event, this is a bit of a dull weekend.  

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Yah, I don't get the schedule-makers. Knowing how the NHL likes to micromanage everything, I can't help but believe that they are involved. They want the big-market U.S. teams to have the stage all to themselves on the weekend maybe?

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On 11/19/2018 at 8:12 AM, BluPuk said:

Yah, I don't get the schedule-makers. Knowing how the NHL likes to micromanage everything, I can't help but believe that they are involved. They want the big-market U.S. teams to have the stage all to themselves on the weekend maybe?

 

Probably because the later start to the games out west would mean pre-empting Vancouver, Calgary, or Edmonton on the second game of HNIC... which wouldn't be a bad idea ratings wise.  :)

  

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Huge win against Philly last night!  :)

 

The team must be saying "Nylander who?" at this point. 

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Yah, I've been saying that since he was drafted. I'm not a fan of that guy. I hope he misses this season and we can get a trade done next season.

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On 11/25/2018 at 12:59 PM, BluPuk said:

Yah, I've been saying that since he was drafted. I'm not a fan of that guy. I hope he misses this season and we can get a trade done next season.

 

I hope we can get something for him THIS season!!!  :)

 

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Leafs keep banking points in the standings and it's so refreshing to see.  :)

 

 

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It was an ugly win against Minny.

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On 12/2/2018 at 6:06 PM, hobie said:

It was an ugly win against Minny.

 

Was that the game the Leafs were out-shot by a 2:1 margin?

 

They're scoring goals and winning games, so nobody besides me is really complaining, but they're going to run into a team that plays a strong defensive game in the playoffs (like the Bruins historically do) and they'll be toast ..... unless they can clamp down and limit the chances they're giving up.

 

Of the last four teams that the Leafs have had which made the final four (conference finals), only the 1992-93 team and maybe the 1993-94 team was a strong defensive team. The teams that went out against Buffalo and Carolina were built EXACTLY like the Leafs are today. Loaded up front, great goalie, but soft defensively. 

 

 

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When TO was crappy, it could take many shots from anywhere to give the facade of a team being competitive. Those Leaf teams weren't competitive, this team is. Shots, Corsi, Fenwick are simply stats, outscoring the opposition is the only barometer that matters.

 

I don't think TO is soft defensively and that's part of the reason TO can and does win. Other teams are better defensively but rarely will that better defensive team be able to score like TO will. We saw a suspect defensive Pitt. team win the Cup, Hainsey was a part of their top d pairing, so being stellar defensively isn't the only route to success.   

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14 hours ago, hobie said:

When TO was crappy, it could take many shots from anywhere to give the facade of a team being competitive. Those Leaf teams weren't competitive, this team is. Shots, Corsi, Fenwick are simply stats, outscoring the opposition is the only barometer that matters.

 

I don't think TO is soft defensively and that's part of the reason TO can and does win. Other teams are better defensively but rarely will that better defensive team be able to score like TO will. We saw a suspect defensive Pitt. team win the Cup, Hainsey was a part of their top d pairing, so being stellar defensively isn't the only route to success.   

 

True, but given their history, why chance it?  Teams that are frequently out-shot don't keep winning hockey games for very long. 

 

I'd be happy if they could add one more piece to the blue-line and perhaps a Selke type forward who can play a strong defensive game.  A couple moves like that and the Leafs will be #1. :)

 

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