September 19 2016 12:07PM
In a short tournament like the World Cup of Hockey, stamina is a major X-factor. Your legs need to be moving during the game, and from game to game, and any hesitance will burn you. For team North America and Team Russia, they'll have their gas tanks put to the test tonight, as they each play their second game in as many days in hopes of grabbing some much-needed points in their group. Here's what's going down:
September 17 2016 10:03PM
Photo Credit: Kevin Souza/USA TODAY SPORTS
It's opening day at the World Cup of Hockey, and all the gloom, doom, debates, and debacles have been thrown out the window. Whether this oddball event makes any sense is irrelevant; all that matters is that the puck is on the ice, and so are the world's best.
"World's best" is a key phrase there. As always, the pressure is higher for Canada to succeed than anybody else. They're the perennial Olympic powerhouse, and while the average degree of difficulty has tilted up, a team with a tradition of dominance should be able to shake such a roadblock off.
If today's game was any indication, they're going to have no trouble doing just that, as they cruised to an easy 6-0 win against the Czech Republic.
September 13 2016 10:16AM
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As the season approaches, fans and media have begun to dissect the remains and additions of this year's roster while wondering where everybody should be placed. The most important question to many, of course, is how the top two lines stack up.
But in asking that, it's possible that we're looking into a less-than-optimal situation if we're limiting the Leafs to a top-six, bottom-six team. Perhaps, with the coming injection of youth, the team should be looking towards more of a top-nine, bottom-three layout.
September 12 2016 08:00AM
The results of a pair of warmup games, for a tournament that usually doesn't exist, in the beginning of September are probably the last things in the world that I'd use to make long-term blanket statements about a player. Certainly, that's not what we're here to do today.
But last night, I was curious as to how the Leafs' representatives at the World Cup of Hockey were doing as far as puck possession. The results? Well, they aren't so hot as of yet.
August 10 2016 01:13PM
Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/TSGPhoto.com
There's been a lot of talk about Matt Hunwick on the Leafs side of the internet in the past few days. Part of it comes from an interesting piece on Pension Plan Puppets from Arvind on Morgan Rielly's defensive partners, that largely came to the conclusion that his pairing with Hunwick was a bit of a tire fire. The next day, a post on /r/Leafs questioned the predictive qualities of Dominic Galamini's HERO chart visuals, citing the last two years that show up for Hunwick as proof that there's a lack of consistency.