As I sit on the couch watching the Packers - Giants game on Sunday afternoon it's 0-0 between Washington and Carolina. A Capitals win knocks Toronto down to 9th place and since I've been a Leafs fan for a long time I'm pretty sure you're reading this tomorrow morning while I'm asleep on the West Coast saying "what the fuck Toronto?".
There are some things that bug me, for sure, the Kessel-Lupul duo has been the benefit of some puck luck and their recent three game power outage has shown us how ugly it can get without them lighting the lamp constantly. Jonas Gustavsson's past two starts are something I hope he forgets despite his recent run of incredible play.
That said there are some good things for the Leafs.
Despite his poor overall SV% James Reimer's even strength SV% is the same as it was last year. I think we can expect that to even out as the season moves on. The narrative will be that Reimer takes back his net and leads the Leafs on another second half charge.
We all know Brian Burke is going to make a move. Our concerns about the Leafs' Fenwick percentage isn't something that's likely to have slipped by Burke, he's been a speaker at the Sloan Sports Conference: he's aware of advanced metrics for the Leafs. He's not done improving this team.
Toronto very well might sit in 9th this week but they're still in the hunt. Isn't that what we all hoped for?
Jonathan Willis compares how Wilson deploys Keith Aulie and Jake Gardiner and points out one reason why Gardiner is the one going down.
Brian Burke and his PR intern are hard at work collaborating with PPP on tweetbags.
A devastating destruction of Gare Joyce's attention-grabbing cover story about the demise of the Habs' empire for Sportsnet's magazine.
I wouldn't mind knowing what Wilson did to Cherry to earn the sobriquet 'Napoleon' and unending enmity.
Long story short: fuck that guy.
As long as he keeps on Kessel's good side.
Check out this (upside down) video. I'm banking on it being absolute bullshit but it sure is a weird tidbit to drop.
An interesting fanpost by somny
In case you missed it.
Taking a look at the Oilers' recent drafts
Missed this the first time around but it's hilarious that Damien Cox doesn't understand simple fractions.
Tyler Dellow discusses the nature of NHL ownership and it's implication for competition and fans. Also, a fucking Leafs dig.
The Leafs do not do well on the latter half. No kidding.
Did PK spit on Del Zotto? Hard to see his eyes through his visor. Could just be spitting on the ice.
WARNING: You will die if you try this.
5-0-1 in their last six is putting the Ducks well on their way to climbing out of the lottery. Dummies.
Hopefully these dreams will come true with the official confirmation that the Leafs are in the Winter Classic.
These guys love their sports.
Oh hey! One of the Edmonton MSM has finally realised that Steve Tambellini stinks.
Sure wasn't as good as last year.