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And the saving grace for the team this season has been great goaltending, the PP where the team can control the play, the few times in the game where the leafs sustain and generate scoring chances on the forecheck and plenty of generating scoring chances off the rush bolstered by high shooting percentages.
13 hours, 54 minutes ago on Maple Leafs Systems – Neutral Zone & Offensive Zone Forechecking
The more I read these the harder time I have faulting Carlyle. From your the leaf defensive write up I came to the conclusion that the collapse down low accordian coverage was to compensate for weak leaf centers and d-men.
In the video I watched here, I see the opponents can easily escape the forecheck because either the leafs cover opponents poorly (or our oppenents have a knack of finding open passing lanes. Yet note how in our d-zone the team gets hemmed in because our wingers are not really open as often because they are either covered or helping our the d and center).
What is becoming clearer and clearer as I read through your entries is the leaf players with the exception of a few are on the losing end of too many 50/50 battles (I wish someone tracked this stat) and so our defensive zone accordian and absent offensive zone forecheck is what results. That is my big take away and so two leafs against one opponent are needed to improve the odds on these 50/50 puck battles.
13 hours, 55 minutes ago on Maple Leafs Systems – Neutral Zone & Offensive Zone Forechecking
@lukethenuke Not sure this is accurate. What player was on the ice during the OT winning goal and covered by two Dallas players leaving Smith wide open?
1 day, 6 hours ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Leafs 3 vs. Stars 2
@The_Polish_Cannon And yet the Leafs won. This sounds like sour grapes.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Leafs 3 vs. Stars 2
Are we outshooting the Stars?
1 day, 9 hours ago on Preview & GDT: Stars at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@Dangle_My_Berries @Black_Hawk @wendelsfist @rustynail If max was a bruins that would not be a penalty nor a suspension
1 day, 10 hours ago on Preview & GDT: Stars at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@Dangle_My_Berries @rustynail what happened to him?
@wiski Leafs have not been in a heritage classic yet
3 days, 6 hours ago on Game in 10: Game #28, Sharks 4 vs. Leafs 2
Am I off or is Gleason is sounding like the second coming of Komisarek. I'm wondering if his best days are behind him. He still might be an upgrade on Fraser and Ranger but is he worth his contract.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Game in 10: Game #27, Habs 4 vs. Leafs 2
@Cloud09 The biggest common is that we don't have elite C and sufficient depth on the defence and perhaps below average coaching. We do have much better goaltending now though.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Game in 10: Game #29, Sabres 3 vs. Leafs 2 (OT)
@BPsotka Watch Carlyle put Phil on defence - better then half of the players there already
1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Sabres (7:30 p.m., Leafs TV)
@Loric76 kessel too...
It seems the alternative is to have the leaf forwards better cover the open areas/points and "trust" the defender to somehow magically recover the puck in a more one on one battle. The advantage here is if the defender recovers the pass then they have an open winger for an outlet pass. The disadvantage is if the dman doesn't recover the puck then the defensive zone pressure will be sustained.
There are plenty of alternative strategies - two player pressure, triangles etc but there seems for most of these there is some missing skill be it on the defense and/or at C who are both important for puck retrieval and for puck distribution or skating the puck out of the zone.
1 week, 1 day ago on Toronto Maple Leafs Systems – Defensive Zone
I really like this write up and may I suggest you add a bit of context as to how it translates to leaf play and the rationale behind this strategy. That is, if I follow this, then Carlyle has the leafs forward collapse to compensate for the weak puck retrieval skills by leaf dmen and centers who are often outmatched playing 1 on 1.
When the leafs execute the collapse well (and they do sometimes) then they recover the puck and can transition for a quick odd man rush leading to a scoring chance. That said, even when they recover the puck the leaf defenders sometimes have trouble finding an open forward (since the forwards are playing down so low in the collapse) and so the dman is left to chip the puck out off the board or into the neutral zone which repeats the process of sustained pressure.
When the leafs don't execute well (don't recover the puck using the "collapse support") then the opposition exploits the open areas on the ice leading to the leafs chasing the puck (the accordion).
@lieffan Understandable as the last two games have been poor and the leafs haven't seemed to figured it out why yet
1 week, 2 days ago on Game in 10: Game #25, Pens 6 vs. Leafs 5 (SO)
@Cloud09 @Alec Brownscombe @darthNihilus It is not like this is the first time the leafs have seen more aggressive pinching. So either the players are not following Carlyle's strategy or Carlyle strategy is bunk. Or maybe a bit of both is going on here.
@darthNihilus Funny enough Bozak drove the net for his goals and earlier separated letang from the puck on Kessel's goal. But these type of occurences are fleeting on the leafs.
@wiski Carlyle does have a point - there are enough veteran players on the leafs that they should generate one shot. Though the OT I put on Carlyle because he had a break between 3rd and OT to make adjustments to impact the team
@deleaf @wendelsfist I want to hear how he explains this fiasco of the third and OT period
is there a link for the carlyle interview?