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Coaching Changes Not Helping Maple Leafs Penalty Kill

November 14th, 2011 2 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke announced that the team would not be retaining the services of Assistant coaches Tim Hunter and Keith Acton this summer, it was felt that former New York Islanders Coach Scott Gordon and former Northeastern University bench boss Greg Cronin would bring a new look to the Maple Leafs bench. For Burke, the direction of his team was not where he wanted it to be, which facilitated the need for change. Rather than fire Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson, Burke chose to allow Wilson a chance at redemption, allowing his friend (who did the hiring) to select his assistants. Gordon coached with Wilson during the 2010 Winter Olympics where he helped Team USA win a silver medal. One of his key responsibilities was handling Team USA’s penalty kill, which was very strong


Plenty Of Questions Surround Toronto Maple Leafs Despite Win In St. Louis

November 11th, 2011 2 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and St.Louis Blues battled it out on Thursday night in what can only be called a steal of a win for the Maple Leafs. Despite being out shot 13-5 in the second period and 17-3 in the third (40-22 overall), the Maple Leafs held on for a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blues. If not for the heroics of rookie goaltender Ben Scrivens, who stopped 38 of 40 shots and made all three saves in the shootout, this game could have easily been an 8-2 disaster for the Buds. Scrivens earned a well-deserved first star selection for his efforts—the first of his career. Sloppy defensive coverage led to a number of odd man rushes for the Blues, while Toronto’s inability to contain the Blues offensive attack down low, both five-on-five and on the penalty kill, led


Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. St. Louis Blues: Preview and Prediction

November 10th, 2011 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues faceoff tonight for what should be an entertaining game. Both teams enter tonight’s tilt with a 5-5-0 record in their past ten games and both teams have a number of question marks. For Toronto, the goaltending situation has gone from good with James Reimer between the pipes to the unknown with the likes of Jonas “nobody is calling me the Monster anymore” Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens (who will get the start tonight) playing in relief of Reimer. A potent offense covered up a number of flaws from the Maple Leafs, including a poor transition game and a penchant for getting caught flat footed—two areas of their game that have killed them in their first consecutive loses of the season to the Boston Bruins  and Florida Panthers, respectively, getting outscored 12-1 in the


Do The Toronto Maple Leafs Need A Goaltender?

November 9th, 2011 10 Comments

Fresh off an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending picture is murkier than ever. Maple Leafs starting goaltender James Reimer has been out with concussion-like symptoms since October 22nd, while both Jonas Gustavsson (4-4-0, 3.78 goals against average, .878 save percentage) and Ben Scrivens (1-1-0, 4.07 goals against average, .867 save percentage) have been inadequate in relief. Reimer’s absence from the lineup, combined with the struggles of both Gustavsson and Scrivens has the Leafs Nation nervous about the Maple Leafs goaltending, both now and for the foreseeable future. First, nobody knows when Reimer will return. One thing we have learned from concussions (or concussion-like) symptoms is that they are relatively unpredictable, especially where setting a return date for players is concerned- just ask Sidney Crosby! Second, if both Gustavsson and Scrivens continue


Oh Canada! How Are The Canadian Teams Doing Thus Far?

November 8th, 2011 2 Comments

Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season many “experts” had the Vancouver Canucks as Stanley Cup favorites with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators being hard-pressed to make the playoffs. While it is still very early in the season, Canada’s teams look to be holding their own in the NHL standings with Toronto currently sitting in second spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Edmonton Oilers currently occupy third spot in the Western Conference. Both Toronto and Edmonton can be referred to as early season surprises, but the bigger surprise may be the absence of the Canucks from a playoff spot as they currently sit 10th in the Western Conference. Toronto is getting it done with their potent offense which is currently ranked third overall at 3.14 goals per game, while Edmonton


Leafs Blown Away By Boston Bruins, Downed 7-0

November 6th, 2011 1 Comment

Heading into Saturday nights tilt against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins expectations were high that the Toronto Maple Leafs would be able to extract a measure of revenge on the Bruins, a team that had dealt the Leafs their worst loss of the season, 6-2 on October 20th. For Toronto, a victory against the Bruins—who entered the contest in the Eastern Conference basement—could have served as a statement game. After a thorough 7-0 loss at the hands of the Bruins on Saturday night, it wasn’t exactly the statement the Maple Leafs were looking for. Bruins forward Tyler Seguin torched the Buds for three goals, his first hat trick of his career, playing a dominating game at both ends and standing up to Toronto’s futile physical attack on the 19-year old sniper. Given the fact that Jonas Gustavsson got

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