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Bozak line makes ALL our D look bad
5 days, 10 hours ago on GDT: Game #30, Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs (5 p.m., SNO)
@Handlebar @Leafbites Maybe I will, hell with it
2 weeks, 3 days ago on GDT: Game #24, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Dallas Stars (7:30pm, TSN4)
WHo's the better late game, Sharks&Philly or LA&Bos?
@hometeem @Leafbites Obviously, team success will be more relative to the team's most prolific scorer.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Tyler Bozak is back to his old self. Mostly.
The top line probably spends %60, maybe more, in their own end, on a nightly basis. This team's winning percentage goes up exponentially when Phil gets on the scorecard. Theoretically, if Phil were spending more time in the offensive zone, his numbers and the teams likelihood for a positive outcome would also see a slight increase.
Though, on off nights Phil is guilty of committing a lot of egregious turnovers. In which case, more possession may be detrimental. It's a fine line.
@Mcost61 I think folks would be wise to start tuning out Dreger, who undoubtably gets his kicks from tossing grenades onto Leafland.
@Whalz Staal would rot in Raleigh before I'd give up a player like Kadri, on the incline, versus Staal, going in the opposite direction. That would be just poor mgmt.
@Burtonboy @Leafbites That's right, he'd be more effective with better possession wingers, as would the Phil and JVR be more effective with a better possession centre.
@hometeem @Leafbites That trio are very likely the weakest three defensively players on the team. However, with this talent on the wings, I'd like to see a more defensively responsible centre for this group.
And yes, he is a weak link in his position.
I'm typically a Bozak critic, mostly for what I perceive as a lack of desire or intensity on a night to night basis (as adv stats prove), but I have no problem giving him props for this seasons' body of work–mainly as an offensive producer and face-off machine. However, in terms of improvement up the middle for the Leafs, it's Kadri's game that has stood out for me. While Bozak doesn't capitulate to the talent of his running mates in the attacking zone, his defensive awareness leaves this unit vulnerable on the best of nights.
@Bruffins @BoneChompski @Burtonboy To paraphrase the best quote from Burke interview: media outlets in other cities (Calgary), will criticize and not whitewash, but generally want the team to do well...but this is not the case in Toronto. EXACTLY!
4 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2
@mike_84 @Leafbites That's right
Salutegate...Paaleeaasse! The salute is the dumbest thing in hockey, anyway. Well, that is besides the Toronto media.
@Komas Taberle @TheHawk And in any fucking order he wants.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Roman Polak: “We play as a bunch of individuals”
@Cloud09 Well, this band of misfits were more or less cancers on other teams, that's how we inherited them.
The players tune out Randy–is this supposed to be new news? Not from my vantage point.
@Wilbur @Mcost61 when the captain says they weren't prepared after a drubbing by the worst team in the league....yea Dreger, you dumbass, the coaches get a free pass. I can't stand that clown
1 month ago on GDT: Game #19, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@ingy56 Is that not another shot across the bow of the sinking ship, the SS Randy?
Clearly the players want Randy out. I mean these guys suck, but this stinks of mutiny.
Yep, one to forget, for sure. But folks need to relax a bit, it's only hockey.
As much as I enjoy MLHS, game threads are becoming unbearable. Grown men that sound worse than my teenage daughters, whining over every little play on the ice. Trade this guy, trade that guy...I say grow up.
1 month ago on Game Review: Game #18, Buffalo Sabres 6 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 2
@djamon I think so too, maybe wake up the bench
1 month ago on GDT: Game #18, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres (7pm, HNIC)
great game so far, if this were 1983
@Yaknowwhat Actually what I saw was Pitt doing an excellent job of getting in shooting lanes.
1 month ago on GDT: Game #17, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30pm, TSN4)
@Burtonboy @Dangle_My_Berries I thought Pitt played a very good game all around
Where's the crowd trying to lift these guys, fucking brutal arena
weak goal, get some shots on this guy
@docmma @TheLoovTrain @newkb I thought he had a decent period as well, but some folks just hate him no matter what he does.
Huge key in tonight's game: STAY OUT of the penalty box...duh! Skate for sixty!
1 month ago on Should the Maple Leafs consider claiming David Schlemko?
Good game in Anaheim right now. Anderson let in a brutal goal and was yanked, but the ducks just got one back. 3-2, for anyone interested...
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #16, Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m, SN)
Phil was just awesome–a tour de force.
A perfectly rolled cuban cigar, a fine scotch and a Kessel release.
Hit the showers, Tuuka
Johnny on the spot
Bernier looking smooth between the pipes
@docmma You mean, finally some communication in the d zone
Got to finish those Bozak, damn boy
@newkb Fine, but the other units had no probably generating offence, as well, and these other combinations were getting more o-zone time, overall–making the game a lot less adventurous for our D and goaltenders.
1 month, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Bruins Wednesday
@newkb Not sure how anyone believes that this line combo works. They generate a few chances off the rush and spend most of the night in the defensive zone.
@loomx @newkb I'm with you, that top line is probably the worst defensive line in hockey. We get almost no 4-line momentum with these combos, mush less of a forecheck/cycling game and overall, way less o zone time as a group.
@Jmessih Yep, that was pretty good action.
1 month, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #15, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Senators 3
@Jmessih But after watching the Leafs-Sens game tonight, this game with the ducks lacks excitement..too much structure, lol
Beauty tip there by Clarkson
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #15, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators (6 p.m, SNO)
@Leafs_17 He'd get destroyed if he were a leaf
@Knights2Leafs Our coach has no idea how to use his bench. It's so blatant.
@loomx A disgrace
@Xxxxxnew @Mcost61 @TheLoovTrain I lived in Vic for 10 years, just moved out of there last year. Great city!
Now, I live in Kelowna, which is a pretty great town, as well.
Nice win last night, but I still believe for this team to have any success, they'll need to roll with a balanced line up that has a defensive presence and/or a cycling, forechecking presence on every line.
Carlyle going back to minimally using the 4th line and overusing Bozak and Dion is a recipe for disaster–not sure how many times we have to go down this road?
1 month, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #14, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Rangers 4
Kadri bringing a 200 ft game again tonight. Got to give the kid credit for working hard to improve his game!
1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #14, New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@philthethrill @Leafbites loved it!