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Congratulations, Morgan Rielly. I'm looking forward to the next 20 years of your career with the Leafs. Game on.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rielly officially staying, Lupul bruised
It's pretty amazing how much quality writing is being pumped out of MLHS and other blogs like Langlois' each and every day. Fantastic post, Alec.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking News: Leafs performance level statistically unlikely to continue
@Mind Bomb @mORRganRielly @Greg Fenton @wendelsway1 I missed the second and third because I stopped watching after the first. So because they started playing better in the second and then third, I couldn't tune back in.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Keeping up with the Komarovs
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 No. Phaneuf's Corsi For % has been LOWER when paired with Gunnarson and the goals against are HIGHER with Gunnarsson. The fact is, the Leafs are next to impossible to score on when Phaneuf is on the ice.
You're insane if you think Phaneuf hasn't been impressive. This is absurd. The evidence has been laid out and you're still spouting off with anecdotes while using shots against as the only evidence against Phaneuf that is a team-wide issue.
@Loric76 PRAISE THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER.
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 Not really. In close situations, Phaneuf has been on the ice for .232 goals per 20 minutes of play -- 1 goal every 4.5 periods. In addition to that, the goals against aren't much different between Bernier and Reimer -- in fact, Phaneuf hasn't been on the ice for a goal against with Reimer on the ice in the same situations.
I don't think you understand just how bad Gunnarsson has been this year. Phaneuf has shutdown Toews, Kane, Staal, Semin, Getzlaf, and Perry to the tune of one goal against in the last three games -- the only goal against was a horrid clearing attempt by Gunnarsson that Raymond couldn't chip out -- Staal scored on that turnover.
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 Except the fact that he eats ice-time means that he's going to be on the ice for the most shots against. Do you realize that without Phaneuf, the Leafs would have a top-pairing of Gardiner or Franson with Gunnarsson? Chew on that. Let me know when you're done your therapy session to deal with that nightmare.
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=342&withagainst=true&season=2013-14&sit=5v5
@Greg Fenton @mORRganRielly @wendelsway1 Phaneuf has been on the ice for 24.3 minutes per game, which would place him 19th overall among defensemen. In addition to absorbing the ugly minutes so that Gardiner, Franson, and Rielly don't have to, he's been on the ice for FOUR even strength goals against, which (according to my quick glance) would place him at the top of the defensemen with more ice-time for goals against.
Four goals. 24:30 minutes per game. That's an absurdly low 1.5 goals / 60 minutes at even strength.
In addition to that, he's doing the heavy lifting and throwing down the hammer with a partner who hasn't been playing well at all.
@wendelsway1 Without Phaneuf, I don't think the Leafs even get a .500 record in their first ten games. He's been unbelievable.
I will check my Galaxy Nexus later when I use this site. I have a RAM tracker, so it will give me an idea of whether there are any issues cropping up when I browse the site, Declan.
@Alec Brownscombe @Burtonboy I took another look at the Staal goal. Not even on Phaneuf. That's on Gunnarsson.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #10, Leafs 4 vs. Ducks 2
@NotInsane Yea, it was an interesting presser there. I think he mentioned that the team was trying to establish a forecheck, but struggled with the short passing game -- no better example than on the power-play.
That was in regards to the first period by the way.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Ducks at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@B_Leaf Who cares? We don't need another player playing five minutes a game.
Oi. I don't know who to start tonight. Bernier or Hillier. Do I play Fowler and Getzlaf? Or do I play the Leafs players I have on my roster? I have a very weak hold on first place in my 16 team keeper league -- I'm constrained by the salary cap at the moment, so my options are limited.
What do you think, guys? Be honest.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Game Preview: Leafs vs. Ducks
@wiski I heard it's pretty good now, but I'm so deeply rooted with Google, that it's not really practical any more lol
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Notes: Carlyle showing patience, Rielly’s status
Two words, guys and girls: Ad Block.
Never mind. It's at the bottom.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Mashup: Has the word “rivalry” lost all meaning?
One minor oversight. You guys missed the sub-heading for who wrote the article.
Nice work on the make-over! Next up, find out whether @APetrielli is just Andi Petrielli wearing men's clothes.