The Leafs aren't that concerning, and the wins will come

Jeff Veillette
October 25 2016 11:25AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are 1-1-3 to start the season. They have lost 80% of their games this season. They had the lead in every game that they lost; sometimes by as many as four goals. Many have taken this as a sign that this is the same ol' Leafs as last year, with a couple of more promising kids to keep fans entertained but the same general results. I've even seen the t-word used again by those who want the Leafs to add another blue chip prospect.

In a weird way, it feels like people are getting carried away by not being carried enough away. The end result of these five games has been about as close as you can get to a worst case scenario, but the process is light-years ahead of anything the Leafs have shown in a very long time.

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By The Numbers: Is the Jets goaltending or team defense to blame?

Garret Hohl
October 25 2016 11:00AM

The Winnipeg Jets have started the season rocky in the goals against department. They have allowed three goals in their most recent game, and four each in the remainder.

Of course, this has ultimately brought up the conversation on who to blame.

Since the move to Manitoba, the topic of goaltending has been both a hot and controversial topic. Over the previous three seasons the Jets have a +416 Corsi differential, +290 Fenwick differential, +86 shot on goal differential, and -59 goal differential over all minutes in 380 games, where their starting goaltender posted a save percentage below that of his back-ups combined.

So, let's take a dig into the small samples and really suss out who is to blame.

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Watch The Game Episode 4: Small Sample Sizes Galore!

Watch The Game Podcast
October 24 2016 03:13PM


We're just over a week into the season, meaning we have a whole bunch of bizarre, unpredictable small sample size results to analyze! The Oilers, Canucks, and Habs are at the top of the league's standings, while the Flames, Leafs and other teams you'd expect to be good are in the basement. What conclusions can we draw from these situations? Cam Lewis and Sam Blazer take a look. 

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Don't worry about Brian Elliott

Pat Steinberg
October 23 2016 10:00AM

The first impressions of Brian Elliott in a Calgary Flames uniform haven't been overly positive. With an 0-3 record and very unflattering totals thus far, some are wondering whether the Flames made the right call targeting Elliott as a solution to their goaltending issues. If you're in that camp, I'm here to ease your fears a little, because I think Elliott is going to be just fine.

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By The Numbers: The Jets best defensive seasons

Garret Hohl
October 21 2016 09:00AM

The Winnipeg Jets 2.0 have been around now for five full seasons (well... four full and one partial, lockout-shortened, season). This gives us ample data to construct some fun lists of the best and worst statistical seasons for performers.

We take a look at some of the best and worst statistical performances by Winnipeg Jets' defenders.

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