The Leafs are 9-2-1 after 12 games and based on my “model” (using the term loosely), they’re in a great position to qualify for the playoffs. In case you missed it, I looked at how teams in the past have performed in a shortened season and determined the minimum number of points the Leafs need in the first half.
That doesn’t change the fact that the hockey gods need to take a step back here and chill.
The word “health” was thrown around way too much ahead of the season. “Health will be important in a year like this,” “I’ve never felt so healthy before in my career,” “The only thing that can get in the Leafs’ way is health,” “Health is the only-,” you get the point.
Wayne Simmonds marks the sixth Leaf who has had to miss games due to injury along with Nick Robertson, Joe Thornton, Jack Campbell and Auston Matthews. Luckily, Matthews wasn’t out long-term, only missing a game before he chose violence, being the first in the league to reach double-digit goals.
I know it seems pessimistic to focus on the injuries when the team is winning games and dominating those who are built to be dominated, but still, the hockey gods need to chill.
In Case You Missed It
Back to Excited Episode 130: Real or Fake - Pension Plan Puppets
We debate trends to start the year
Wayne Simmonds could be out six weeks - Pension Plan Puppets
Around the Hockey World
New PWHPA team to play USPHL teams in Tampa - The Ice Garden
Another five games are on tap.
Breaking down “all” 6,000 goals in Tampa Bay Lightning history - Raw Charge
We’re having some fun with the numbers.
Offside drama in Columbus.
re this —— Alison (@AlisonL) February 7, 2021
per @shelleyhawk45 it’s believed on the reverse angle that Trochek was in fact, offside, the penalty has been taken off the board. The goal remains. #CBJ #Canes https://t.co/436M41MaTo pic.twitter.com/o2L6Po99bW
So, the #Canes were in fact offside on Vincent Trochcek's goal. The goal stood, but the remainder of the bench minor penalty assessed to Columbus was wiped off the board. Not sure I totally understand, but that's the explanation of what happened.— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) February 7, 2021
As always, John Tortorella’s post-game reaction to the whole offside review, and the rescinding of that review, but also not fully rescinding it, is a lot of fun, but with very few words spoken.