Shootout success masking the degree of Red Wings’ struggles

Jeff Veillette
March 17 2017 12:42PM

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Last night, the Detroit Red Wings played an up and down game against the 29th-place Arizona Coyotes, that eventually led to a shootout on road ice. Once again, the squad from Motor City came out ahead in the skills competition, winning it 1-0 and the game 5-4 thanks to a first round goal from Gustav Nyquist and timely saves from Petr Mrazek. The win bumped Detroit up to 27-3-11 on the season, good for 26th overall with 13 games to go.

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Why the Brian Boyle trade is likeable on all fronts

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2017 06:01PM

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It's been a long time since the Toronto Maple Leafs have been buyers at the deadline. I'm not even talking all-in, trading the youth core, throwing away first round picks levels of buying. In the past thirteen years, the Leafs' idea of "going for it" in late-February, early-March has been trading for Yanic Perreault in 2007 and Ryan O'Byrne in 2013. 

But, just a year removed from the basement, the Leafs have made their first splash, and possibly not their last. It's not quite a blockbuster, but in Brian Boyle, the Leafs have made a significant upgrade to their depth down the middle.

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Is there a reason that the Leafs keep losing in the shootout?

Jeff Veillette
February 24 2017 05:40PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs need points wherever they can get them right now. The Atlantic Division race is very, very night right now; with six or so weeks to go in the season, the blue and white can very well win the whole thing or drop out of the playoff picture. If it's the latter, one of the things that will surely be pointed at is how they've done in the shootout.

Specifically, they have a 1-7 record this year in the skills competition; the worst in the league. Washington and Buffalo both have somewhat similarly gaudy 1-5 records, but after that, its no contest. Let's make no mistake either; those seven points could go a long way.

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The Leafs don't need to be sellers, but they should play the sellers market

Jeff Veillette
February 24 2017 09:45AM

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The NHL trade deadline is now less than a week away, and teams are finally starting to talk to each other and (gasp) even make some deals. In the past ten days, we've seen the following trades go down:

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Why Rick Nash could be a deadline fit for the Maple Leafs

Jeff Veillette
February 16 2017 02:17PM

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Last night, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet made reference to a certain angle that the Toronto Maple Leafs might take at this year's trade deadline; specifically, the idea that they take on some short-term salary from a more competitive team in an attempt to get some asset windfall out of the transaction. The Leafs, of course, aren't far off from the cap ceiling themselves, but if they're not too worried about seeing a little bit of overage from rookie bonuses spill into next year's totals, they could activate up to $13.5 million in Long-Term Injured Reserve buffer via Nathan Horton, Joffrey Lupul, and Stephane Robidas. Here's how Johnston put it in a follow-up piece this afternoon:

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