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I agree with Mirtle. Bozak has actually been significantly better this year. His shooting percentage is right around his career average, but his shots-per-game average has went from like 1.5 to over 2. That's very significant. A shots-per-game increase has more to do with skill. A fluctuation in shooting percentage has more to do with luck.
1 day, 8 hours ago on GDT: Game #22, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30, SN)
Tyler "faceoffs and breakaways" Bozak.
5 days, 8 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
Kessel's passes to Franson through traffic are downright sexy.
5 days, 10 hours ago on GDT: Game #21, Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
If someone wants to be my hero, do this... find comments people posted after the game vs. the Bruins, and line them up beside comments made by the same people after tonight's game. It would be a hilarious contrast.
1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #18, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres (7pm, HNIC)
Okay. I usually watch games all of the way through till the end, but I've had enough of this, lol. I'm going to play PS4 and then go to the bar.
@Bruffins @DWCMLHS 36/46/82
The safe prediction, mathematically.
2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #16, Toronto Maple Leafs 6 vs. Boston Bruins 1
So... that Phil Kessel guy is pretty good at hockey, eh?
@Bruffins @BrandonCheema LOL!
Holy shit. I can post from my phone again. This changes everything.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Tuesday Mashup: Bruins Wednesday
@Mcost61 NHL awards are voted on by people that don't even know what position Alex Ovechkin plays. They don't mean a whole lot.
But the giveaway stat is 100% meaningless.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Tuesday Mashup: Bruins Wednesday
@Pent_House That's a bold prediction. I mean, if anyone ends up being better than Crosby, it will be McDavid. But Sid is the best player in the world by a mile right now.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Monday Mashup: Two-game winning streak!
Did Rielly catch the flu from Polak?
3 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Season 2 Episode 2 with Gus Katsaros
@Anthony Petrielli @DWCMLHS @DeclanK Rask was insane, like usual. And Varlamov was like Price for the Avs.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #12, Arizona Coyotes 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@MaxwellHowe @Anthony Petrielli @DWCMLHS @DeclanK No, just saying they have more than possession to worry about. Price isn't going to be as good as last season. I'd bet a LOT of money on that.
@DeclanK @DWCMLHS @Anthony Petrielli Pacioretty is a douche.
@Anthony Petrielli @DWCMLHS @DeclanK Price posted a .927 save percentage last season. His career-best, and way above his career average of .916. I hope Habs' fans are naive/stupid enough to expect a repeat this season, because if so, they're going to have a bad time.
@Anthony Petrielli @DeclanK And tied Buffalo in shots tonight. Lol.
@Anthony Petrielli @DWCMLHS @DeclanK Yup. Won't last. 5-4-1 in games that didn't go to the shootout so far. With a -12 goal differential. 26th best possession team in the league, last time I checked. They're bad.
@Anthony Petrielli @DeclanK 4th tonight
@ProfessorRance The Habs' record is very misleading. They have a -4 goal differential, -7 without the 3 added for their shootout wins. They only have 5 reg/OT wins.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Phaneuf shot that perfectly for Clarkson to tip it. Nice play all around.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
@Bruffins They'll add it later, probably.
1 month ago on GDT: Game #9, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN 4)
@BrandonCheema Like x 10000
@Leafs_17 Keep both, or trade both, and go full rebuild mode. Keeping one and moving the other is a recipe for continued mediocrity.
1 month ago on Monday Mashup: Picking up where they left off
@king leary HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
You're funny. Kadri has been good this season, just unlucky. Watch him go on like a 5-game point streak soon. People will scream "Kadri's back!", when he never really went anywhere.
I don't know about you, but when Kadri was drafted, I projected him to be a 50-60 point 2C. Over his career so far, he has scored 51 points per 82 games-played. He's not going to score much more than 50 points if he is only playing 2nd-line minutes at ES and on the PP, especially since only one of his wingers is another top-6 caliber forward.
1 month ago on Game Day: Game #8, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@Jay_Berg Phaneuf could have played it better, but that goal is more on Franson and Bozak than him or Kessel.
Franson made a risky pinch, and it didn't work. That happens. Bozak being further from Krejci than any other Leaf is embarrassing, though. The center is supposed to cover the other center. Phaneuf and Kessel should never have been put in the positions the were.
@docmma @DWCMLHS Phaneuf turns to face Krejci, and he slides the puck to Campbell, behind Phaneuf's back.
Can't say my blame is on Kessel and Phaneuf on this one, Mr. Healy
@Savo43 You don't need to follow college football to know 82-27 is an outrageous score. Wow.
That looked bad for McQuaid. Surprised he got up so fast.
@Dogger Two of the best to play over the past decade.
1 month ago on Friday Mashup: Chara out 4-6 weeks, Leafs play Boston Saturday
@docmma @DWCMLHS @Ze_theLeafsFan @ProfessorRance Could happen. You can see the standings here: http://www.eliteprospects.com/league_home.php?leagueid=1
@Ze_theLeafsFan @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance Well, his team isn't doing very well. Last I checked, they were 10th. The top 6 teams make the playoffs, the bottom-2 (of 12) are relegated to the 2nd-division Swedish league.
I think he's allowed to come over when the SHL season is over. I don't see why not.
@docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance Nylander is at least going to be a low-end, 60-point 1C, eventually, IMO. And he has the potential to be an elite, point-per-game guy, like Kessel or P. Kane.
@docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance Kadri is fine. It's early. He'll be a 50-point center again this season, which is right where a 2nd-line center should be. I think he could put up more points over a full season on Kessel's line, but the longest stretch he has been given in that spot was only 12 games, and overlapped the toughest stretch in the team's schedule last season.
@docmma @DWCMLHS @ProfessorRance The ideal scenario has Bozak being traded, Kadri and Nylander occupying the top-2 center spots, and the fresh cap space being used elsewhere.
@ProfessorRance @DWCMLHS It's nice that they're using him at center. But I hope when their season is over, he joins the Marlies. I think he'll be good enough for 2nd-line NHL duty by the start of next season. It'll be easier to make the transition if he plays on the small ice a bit more this year.
Anyone else love that Nylander is leading the SHL in points-per-game as a CENTER? Small sample of games, but what a start!
Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050 2m
Carlyle: "I think our compete level has to go up more than a few degrees."
Yep, that's the problem. Not a lack of talent. Moron.
1 month, 1 week ago on Saturday Mashup: Round Two, Hopefully Better than Round One
@Doit4Dougie "Some leaf fans, including myself sometimes, have a memory like a gold fish"
THIS is why we need stats. People's memories fucking suck.
@drummond Wrong. This is a myth that is easily debunked.
Past 5 seasons...
Home: 91-73-24 for 206 points
Away: 75-89-24 for 174 points
The Leafs only had more points on the road than at home once over the past 5 seasons, in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. And it was only by 1 point.
@Bruffins Phaneuf should be on the right side. Y'know, where he has played his entire life.
Chasing specific types of players is how you end up with contracts like Clarkson's handcuffing the team so they can't actually amass an acceptable level of talent.
@Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS The Oilers are where they are today because they have a crappy defence (like the Leafs), and don't have the goaltending to make up for it. That's their big problem. Not a "soft" forward group.
@Jay_Berg Not often, anymore.
@Bring the Cup Home @DWCMLHS I don't care what style of hockey a guy plays. Not right now, anyways. I just want more good hockey players, and a coach that deploys them sensibly.
When we actually have enough good hockey players, we can worry about fine-tuning the roster.
We currently have just one top-pairing Dman. We have a 3rd-line caliber center playing monster minutes in the 1st-line center spot, and we have 3rd/4th-line caliber wingers being swapped in and out of the 2nd-line RW spot. And we have a coach that is a stubborn old coot, one whom has no idea how to use the players he has properly.
The stylistic make-up of the roster is the least of our worries.