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


Is Nazem Kadri Still Part Of The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Future?

November 8th, 2011 4 Comments

June 26th, 2009—Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke uses the seventh overall selection at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to select lanky forward Nazem Kadri. It was well known that Burke was working the phones for quite some time trying to acquire the first overall pick in the draft to select John Tavares and later, a top five selection to pursue Brayden Schenn—the brother of current Maple Leaf defenseman, Luke Schenn. When asked if he was disappointed with the selection of Kadri Burke said “we think we got an excellent young player”. As much as we all wanted to believe Burke at the time, you just knew, given the look of disappointment on his face after the Los Angeles Kings selected Schenn with the fifth overall pick, that any player Burke drafted was going to be a disappointment to


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

November 8th, 2011 2 Comments
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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