Numerous rumor mills are suggesting that the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild are kicking the tires on a trade scenario, leaving many NHL experts to speculate on a number of possible scenarios. The Senators are off to one of their worst starts in the history of the franchise, going a paltry 1-4-1 in their first six games, leaving them in a toe for last place with the fledgling New Jersey Devils, who also own a 1-4-1 record. Heading into Thursday night’s game action the Sens own the 26th ranked power play, 17th ranked penalty kill and still have all kinds of question between the pipes. On-again, off-again sniper Alex Kovalev is yet to find his stride (again) and many of the Senators top prospects just don’t look anywhere near ready to compete at the level general manager Bryan Murray needs
That number would be four, as in no wins on the road courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 shoot-out victory. Roberto Luongo rebounded from a poor game in Minnesota the night before with a stellar performance allowing only one goal in regulation and none in overtime. Problem is he has yet to stop one opponent in two shoot-outs, allowing six goals on six shots. That adds up to two possible points being lost and this two-game road trip ends with one out of a possible four points. The positive in this was the way the Canucks responded, with all players contributing. But it was Luongo who set the tone. The Hawks came out flying and had posted six shots on net before the game was five minutes old.
Last week the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers squared off in what eventually became a very closely contested match. While most of the attention was on the scoreboard, one could not ignore the fact that the most hated man in the NHL (Sean Avery) two-handed Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek in the ankle, not once, but twice and got away with it. As much as Komisarek would likely love to extract a measure of revenge on Avery I suspect he will be more inclined to just let it go and let the scoreboard, which should be favorable to the Maple Leafs Thursday night, do the talking for him. That said, there is another member of the Maple Leafs defense who still has a bone to pick with Mr. Avery, and perhaps Thursday night will finally be the night?
While we are just five games into the 2010-11 season there is still plenty of good and bads to talk about when it comes to our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Given the teams 4-0-1 record thus far the positives far outweigh the negatives, which, in light of how poorly the Maple Leafs started the 2009-10 season, is a breath of fresh air for Maple Leaf fans. Heading into Tuesday nights game action the Maple Leafs sit atop the NHL standings with nine points, own the third best goals per game average at 3.40, own the seventh best goals against average at 2.20, boast the seventh best penalty kill with a 88.9 percent success rate and own the 13th best power play, which is currently humming along at a 17.4 percent success rate. Needless to say each and every one of
Well Toronto Maple Leafs fans, you knew the Maple Leafs unbeaten streak wouldn’t last forever, but surely you thought your beloved Maple Leafs could beat the New York Islanders on home ice, right? Don’t get me wrong, the Maple Leafs gave it a good effort—fighting through two disallowed goals (which, for the record were the right calls)—and dominating the play for much of the game, including the second and third periods in which the Maple Leafs out-shooting the Islanders by a margin of 10-5 and 12-6, respectively. In an 82-game season every NHL team is bound to be the victim of a hot goaltender— which Islanders starter Dwayne Roloson was, stopping 29 of 30 shots on the night— and a little bad luck. With the penalty to Maple Leafs defenseman Francois Beauchemin (who struggled all night) expiring just seconds
When Lou Lamoriello made the move to bring in Ilya Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils organization it was thought that he may represent the final piece to the Devils Stanley Cup aspirations. Thwarted in the first round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers, Lou’s gamble didn’t pay off, costing him defenseman Johnny Oduya, rookie forward Niclas Bergfors, prospect Patrice Cormier and New Jersey’s 2010 first round draft pick. At the time of the deal the gamble was seen as a high-risk/high reward type of deal. That said, let’s face it, Lou Lamoriello rarely makes a bad move—but this time, given what the Devils have given up and the trouble the teams looks to be in for the forseeable future, it’s pretty safe to say that Lou came out on the short end of the deal this time no matter