Harrison clears waivers, Telly goes to Phoenix for
Tyson Nash and a fourth round pick. Yawn…
Leafs lose another boring game to Boston (I saw that Glenn Murray goal coming all the way down the Lakeshore…anyone else notice that almost every Bruins goal, if not all of them in the past two games went right over Raycroft’s catching hand?). I’m glad the black and gold are gone for a while. Nothing like watching a team trap all night. Yaaaawwwwwwnnnn. New NHL indeed.
Here’s a quick look at the Leafs at the 25 (26?) game point. (A blogger commenting on a seasonal milestone? Yawn…)
Coaching - I have two concerns with the coaching at this point:
- The team is completely unable to adapt their game to play against passive defensive teams like the Bruins and Devils; and
- Despite the huge number in the goals for column, this team cannot mount any type of comeback. The Leafs have not won a single game when trailing after the first, and have only managed to win one game when trailing after two periods.
That’s a shocking stat.
What happens if this club does make the playoffs? Can Maurice come up with a game plan to break the trap? Can this club adapt its game to win a seven game series? Can this club scratch and claw it’s way to a playoff win? Based on the year to date, I have my doubts.
The standings: Once a sign of confidence - the team was second in the North East and fourth in the Division - unfortunately last night’s win by the Habs, coupled with the Leafs consecutive losses to the Bruins, puts the Buds third in the
ConferenceDivision and fifth in the DivisionConference.
The Sens will likely catch and pass the Leafs in the standings just before Christmas (and don’t say I didn’t warn you or give you enough advance notice – there will be lots of blather, spit, ink, mindless use of air time – you name it, that will come at that juncture). The Sens’ ascendance (boo!) will push the Leafs down to fourth in their
ConferenceDivision and at least sixth in their DivisionConference. Let the hand-wringing begin…
Scoring: Everyone and their cousin said the Leafs wouldn’t be able to score this year, yet they’re second in the East in scoring and third overall in the NHL. So much for the experts…Unfortunately, while the team maybe filling the other teams’ net, they’re not exactly shutting down the opposition. The Leafs have the third worst goals against in the East and the fifth worst overall in the NHL. With a back-end eating up nearly half the salary cap and long-term commitments to Kaberle, Kubina and McCabe, this is just not good enough.
What else isn’t good enough? The bloody NHL schedule.
The Leafs play Boston on December 7th and then again with a double-bill to bring in the New Year. In all of the Dave Nonis nonsense about the schedule, did anyone point out that it could be improved just by spreading out the games against certain teams? Does anyone want to see the Leafs and Bruins play six times in eight weeks? Insomniacs everywhere rejoice...