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@Cameron19 Thought he had the right idea on that play. Needed to elevate the puck
7 hours, 35 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@B_Leaf @wendelsfist @Alec Brownscombe Bozak's sneaky skilled, I'd describe him as heady/crafty with the puck, but I wouldn't say his hands are tops. He can't handle Kessel's passes half the time; granted, they're rockets, but players with high end hands can do it.
7 hours, 38 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
7 hours, 42 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@wendelsfist @Alec Brownscombe Bozak is clearly superior to JT though. Not even a debate. lol
7 hours, 47 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
And you all laughed when he said he thinks he's in JT's league! haha
7 hours, 48 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@B_Leaf Coach's pet type for sure. Not the most talented player, but has some skill, works his bag off and does everything the right way.
7 hours, 51 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Burtonboy @Alec Brownscombe @Cameron19 Funny thing is, in real life, I'm always defending the team and trying to point out how there's a lot of talent on this team to common fans. Especially people who live in Ottawa and see me wearing Leafs gear, make comments and are interested in a debate.
It's only on here that i'm not a blind booster of the team, because I feel we're all here to critically discuss the team while hoping for the best.
I like having both sides to my fandom.
8 hours ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 @Alec Brownscombe Haha, you're right. It's just funny. You can't really be on Twitter without getting sucked into that cesspool.
8 hours, 8 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 And it's kind of funny MLHS gets roasted for that by other Leafs sites etc.
We're a fan blog who wants to see the team win. We were well aware of how advanced stats work and we've used them for years. But we rather see the Leafs win than be proven right, and we thought it was funny. People take the whole analytics thing way too seriously.
8 hours, 15 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 That was a funny meme and I love how this team fucks with people. Fact of the matter is that it's a better team than its advanced stats indicate and it hasn't regressed in a few areas stats heads claimed it would. They always have a good PDO, year over year.
But obviously Corsi could never be "wrong." It measures what it measures, 5v5 shot attempts, as a proxy for possession.
One team since 2007 has made the playoffs with a Corsi For of less than 46%.. Leafs are below that mark right now. And if you really watch every game, you don't even really need it to know. You want to outplay teams and you can tell when you aren't. If you aren't outplaying teams regularly, you have to find ways to keep improving. Which is all we're discussing here.
8 hours, 20 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 @Alec Brownscombe @dlb, just dlb I'm having a great time, haha. I can do both. Isn't that possible? Love winning and keep the critical lens on one eye?
8 hours, 42 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 @Alec Brownscombe @dlb, just dlb We still aren't a good possession team overall, even though we've shown signs of improvement in certain areas. If we weren't averaging 37 shots against in our last 9 and we didn't have the history that we do, I would agree it's just whining.
Regardless of record I'm always open to hearing ways to improve the team if there is sound reasoning behind it, and it's not like this team has earned the benefit of the doubt.
8 hours, 44 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @Alec Brownscombe They went through a humiliating period late last season and it didn't seem to change them. It's a case of strengths complementing strengths and weaknesses complementing weaknesses, imo. It's just not my idea of a proper line, but they certainly have me believing in spurts, I'll admit
8 hours, 49 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 @dlb, just dlb JVR and Kessel played great hockey in the playoffs... and on separate lines a lot of the time! ;)
8 hours, 51 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 @Alec Brownscombe Sure. But they'll lose soon, probably to Carolina because they just beat Anaheim and LA and it seems like something we'd do, and Komarov will hopefully back soon... there will be chances to do it. I can see why Carlyle is doing what he's doing for now though, yeah.
8 hours, 53 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@Cameron19 Disagreed. They don't play the game the right way and this team would be more consistent if we establish balance through all 4 lines. That line is too prone to complacency, go full shifts without winning a puck battle, then giggle to each other on the bench when they get their PP points.
They'll get hot at times and win over hearts, but possession numbers, ev strength gf vs ga, they're just not coming out ahead for the reasons I just listed, and we have a large sample size to go on.
8 hours, 56 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@David _S Even strength chances with the score within 1 goal. Short for "at even strength with the score close."
9 hours, 1 minute ago on Game 31 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Ducks 2
@Burtonboy I'm not seeing it with Smith this season.
9 hours, 20 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
Watching Kadri's goal again
10 hours, 4 minutes ago on Game Review: Game #31, Maple Leafs 6 vs. Anaheim Ducks 2
@gjdevlin Randy's thinking the same thing as you are as far as I can tell.
18 hours, 49 minutes ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@DeclanK Put her in the Oiler crease. Couldn't be worse.
18 hours, 52 minutes ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Cloud09 The right message I think.
19 hours, 21 minutes ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@Xxxxxnew I'm enjoying the hell out of it but statistically there's some insane things going on with this team's percentages. Like historically unprecedented. Will be fascinating to see how it all shakes out.
Funny, take the 48 games from the lockout, the 70 before the collapse last year, and the 31 to start this season and the Leafs record is really good and their percentages are insane.
Which segment of games was unsustainable -- the 150+ or the 12 from the collapse?Guess we'll see.
19 hours, 28 minutes ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
WE'RE THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORRRRRLD
19 hours, 33 minutes ago on GDT: Game #31, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@mbails Looked amazing tonight start to finish.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Game Review: Game #29, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1
@mapleaf13 The stats on how a goalie plays in the second leg if he plays a full back to back are overwhelming. You just can't do it when you have another good goalie on the bench. I never expected Bernier to play personally nor do I think he should have.
I'd have taken a timeout and gotten Franson and Dion out there.. Franson has no problems taking Kronwall out of the play if he makes that same move.
Holzer is battling and I appreciate it, I think he looks fine for a 6-7 guy, but Randy shouldn't go trying to make him something he's not -- we all saw how that worked out in the lockout year.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Game Review: Game #28, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs. Detroit Red Wings 1 (SO)
But the Habs suck? Not sure how to feel
1 week ago on Game Review: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Calgary Flames 1
@MaxwellHowe @Alec Brownscombe Also among the top 5 last season - Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Anaheim. Colorado and Toronto were the two pretenders.
That's the thing with PDO. High PDO can just be a measure of a team being very good. In nearly every case ever though, it is also backed by good possession numbers for the legitimate "very good" teams.
@MaxwellHowe @Alec Brownscombe I think that's proven fact now re: the Leafs having a good collection of shooters. They finished 1st in 2012-13 (short year) and even despite falling off with their big collapse, finished 5th in SH% last season. That's why I said it might not fall too too much.
Crazy how close these starts all are.
Corsi is closest to 2011-12, but I don't anticipate our goaltending collapsing as it did that year.
That sh% will definitely come down, but maybe not all that much.
@Burtonboy @.Kong. @Alec Brownscombe Make no mistake, I'm encouraged too in general. And maybe a little paranoid.
Doesn't it just feel like they're getting away with less, though? Some of those wins early last season felt like we were making deals with the devil.
@Yaknowwhat @Alec Brownscombe Got it
@Yaknowwhat @Alec Brownscombe Deal. I'll bring my Sens fan buddy. He drives me to and from school all the time so I owe him.
Thanks a bunch for thinking of me.
@Yaknowwhat @Alec Brownscombe To watch the Sens AND the Oilers, they'd have to be free.
To me, Carlyle has to be sure he's sending the right message after games like last night. I think the Leafs have earned their record more to start this season compared to last, but they have to make sure they don't buy their own hype again and return to old habits. It's especially easy to do when they know Bernier is heating up, and he sure is right now.
None of the "we can't criticize wins," make sure the team knows the hot streak will quickly turn cold if they get outworked like that for 40/60 minutes. They had their moments and Bernier was great, but they have to be better vs. the Wings.
Give it away
The Mason Raymond story
1 week ago on GDT: Game #27, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
@MaxwellHowe Seeing him skate the ACC ice surface brings back irritating memories
Clarkson is to taking penalties what Kadri is to drawing them
Loops is a gem
That right there bugs me about Dion. Gardiner is looking to poke him the puck for a D to D pass and he's standing flat footed on guard in front of his net. Does it constantly
@Savo43 Not sure those lines are official
@Xxxxxnew May as well thrown Bolland on there. Doesn't increase the points any but moves the salary to over 18 million for the latter group. lol.
1 week, 2 days ago on Leafs Notebook – December 8
@wendelsfist Whacky game for the FS. Gotta look at score close situations. Evan's post should be interesting in terms of scoring chances at 5v5 vs 5v5 Close.
Even then, 'score close' situations account for like 16 minutes of the game total.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #26, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Vancouver Canucks 2
Out of 307 with more than 200 minutes played at 5v5:
1 week, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #25, New Jersey Devils 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3
What was Smith doing on that goal
1 week, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #25, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
No Ray, we're scoring 5 goals a game from here on out, actually
Mashup up http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/12/03/wednesday-mashup-wildcard/
1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #24, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 vs. Dallas Stars 3
@Radar O'Rielly He's saying he's the player he's played with most in terms of percentage of icetime, and it's a forward rather than a D. Has had irregular partners.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Leafs Notebook – December 2
@larryrotenbergcfa @Mind Bomb I prefer this winning games with 4 lines thing rather than overreact to a dirty play that should be handled by the league office.
@Mind Bomb That was blatantly obvious to me what happened. I could see Ovechkin identify the opportunity with Komarov's back turned, position himself, and time it so that he would hit Leo.
He was pissed because his team was getting blown out and him and Komarov were jawing throughout the game. Then he felt bad and apologized after.