CANUCKS (7-5-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (4-8-4)
7:00pm – ACC (CBC)
Why hello there, Leafs enthusiasts! So? How are we all feeling so far since the last time we’ve chatted?
The reality of the “pain” model setting in for most of us? I know it has for me, but to quote the infamous Karl Pilkington: “I’m not bothered.”
This has actually been much easier than anticipated. Why? Well, I’ll be honest with you. As much as I don’t want to abandon my team in its time of need…I have a confession to make: I have missed or shown up late to a couple games.
Working nights has my alarm looking a biiiiiiit like this:[gap height=”20″][one_half]
[/one_half][one_half_last]Yes, I am that habitual sleep-er in-er that has a penchant for hitting “snooze” more than several times. So more often than not during the weekday games, I may show up a tad late to the party and instead of being upset at a loss, I’m more so upset at loss of sleep instead. That being said, I do get to catch all of the HNIC games, and I’m excited for this one.
[gap height=”20″]If there are any fans out there that are like me (too cheap to pay for the NHL Centre Ice TV package and too impatient to find GOOD quality streams for games) then you know that our chances to watch western conference teams only really lie within direct match-ups with the Leafs or the late HNIC games.[/one_half_last]
Watching the west is fun, to say the least. In terms of Vancouver specifically, their overall style is different and in general, so is their speed of play. This can make them a scary team to face at times, but keep in mind that “scary” can also mean entertaining, which is good news for fans of the game in general. They’ve managed thus far a decent 79.6% on the PK, but the Canucks haven’t been without their woes this season. Amidst rumours of several problems in the dressing room, an ankle injury to Prust and inconsistencies on offense, their PP is pretty abysmal, with a measly 14.8%.
However, let’s be realistic. In a year that may very well be a write-off for us, stats like these don’t really matter too much. All that matters is the development that dictates the future, and here’s what I’ve seen in the last week, and hope to continue to see against Vancouver and beyond:
- Rielly has looked great
- Matthias has been an absolute workhorse
- Holland has 2 goals in as many games since his return
- Kadri hasn’t been scoring but he’s been generating chances, and all it’s going to take is for the puck to go in once for him to go on a tear
- Reimer…man. He’s just one of those guys that you WANT to do well.
Aside from a softy here and there, he has been fairly solid – a lot of which has to do with the play in front of him that builds his confidence. I don’t think any of us thought he’d have a .943 SV%(WOI) for the month of Movemeber, but he does, and is absolutely deserving of this start.
With all of these small pieces of the puzzle and the eventual ones added, it will get to the point that I won’t need to set alarms. I’ll be waking up early, eager to watch my team, and not missing one single moment.
For now, let’s celebrate the small victories and bring on Vancouver.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gdiff (5v5) — -2
Gdiff (All) — -12
CF% (5v5) – 49.9
PP% – 15.2
PK% – 78.6
Gdiff (5v5) — +7
Gdiff (All) — +7
CF% (5v5) – 49.0
PP% – 14.8
PK% – 79.6
Toronto Maple Leafs
JVR – Kadri – Komarov.
Mathias – Bozak – Parenteau
Winnik – Spaling – Lupul
Grabner – Froese – Holland
Gardiner – Phaneuf
Hunwick – Rielly
Harrington – Polak
Sedin – Sedin – Hanson
Baertski – Horvat – Vrbata
Craknell – Virtanen – Higgins
Burrows – McCann – Dorsett
Edler – Tanev
Hamuis – Weber
Hutton – Bartkowski
Today in Leafs History….
Today in Leafs history brought to you by …… @DoctorRobert
- 1936 – King Clancy becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score on a penalty shot. Strangely enough, this would be the last goal of Clancy’s career as he hung up his skates just nine days later. The Leafs eventually held on for a 6-2 victory over the Black Hawks.
- 1937 – Former Leafs centre Murray Oliver was born in Hamilton, Ontario. This unfortunate man had the pleasure of playing for the Leafs just after their 1967 Stanley Cup championship.
- 1940 – Leafs roll in to Montreal and stomp the Habs 6-2. This was the first of seven consecutive road victories which still stands as the club’s longest road winning streak.
- 1944 – Defender Rod Seiling was born in Kitchener, Ontario.
- 1960 – Centre Aaron Broten was born in Roseau, Minnesota.
- 1969 – Defenseman Greg Andrusak was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
- 1981 – Vincent Tremblay and the Leafs shutout the Flyers 4-0 in Toronto. The Leafs would then fail to shutout another opponent every season until November of 1986!
- 2001 – Kaberle, Tucker and McCauley score the Leaf goals in a 3-2 win over the Panthers in Florida.