How Good Are The Leafs: November Edition

Dom Luszczyszyn
December 08 2016 01:45PM

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We're now in the third month of the season, so it's time to get an update on just how good this Leafs team is. I know some people are getting more pessimistic with each passing game as the Leafs dropped a winnable game to arguably the league's worst team and then came up short again last night against a decent Wild team.

I understand the frustration and while I don't think (right now at least) that #TheLeafsAreActuallyGood, I do think they are at the very least Actually Average and much better than their current 82 point pace would suggest. 

Let's take a mini dive into their November and then check in on how good they really are.

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Expansion Draft: Baertschi or Granlund

Ryan Biech
December 08 2016 11:00AM

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With the Expansion Draft looming over this year's trade deadline, it's becoming a hot topic around the league. Who's going to protect who being the most gabbed about element, naturally.

The dynamics are likely to change by the time we've made it to the draft, but that shouldn't stop the discussion, dissection and preparation. It's not like it'll hurt to keep the three items in mind.

You need to have a plan for now and chart a course for the future. 

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Andrew Ladd off to a tough start in Brooklyn

Mack Irwin
December 08 2016 08:24AM

The New York Islanders made full use of the early negotiation period before free agency this summer, locking up former Jets captain Andrew Ladd before lunch on July 1st.

For five seasons Ladd was the unquestioned leader of the Jets: talented, physical, and loyal. But as he and Dustin Byfuglien inched towards free agency, the Jets decided to trade their captain and sign the big defenceman long-term.

On July 1st, the New York Islanders signed Ladd to a seven year, 38.5 million dollar contract. And 25 games into the season, he has been perhaps the most disappointing player on the NHL's most disappointing team.

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The Detroit Red Wings Need To Shoot More

Nick Seguin
December 07 2016 06:48PM

It’s the oldest lesson in the book. I can still hear the voice of my minor hockey coach echoing off the empty cinderblock walls of South Windsor Arena: “If you don’t shoot the puck, you can’t score!” This did not mean that you should take the puck coast-to-coast every shift and take a weak shot from the blue line. It was more a message about capitalizing on your opportunities.

As I watched the Detroit Red Wings in their game against the New York Islanders on Sunday night, I couldn’t help but remember that old lesson. It’s something that Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill should be preaching to his team this season. They currently rank 28th in the league in SF/60 and 29th in the league in Shot Differential per Game. If there’s one thing the Red Wings need to do more of, it’s shoot.

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Watch the Game Episode 17: Flames, Good Content, and New Stats Versus Old Media with Mike Fail

Watch The Game Podcast
December 07 2016 10:32AM

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Sam and Cam are joined by Mike Fail of Flames Nation, they discuss the Flames and their current woes. This includes Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Dougie Hamilton talk before transitioning over to the topic of hockey blogging. What is the perfect level of criticism? When does it, if ever, cross the line? It gets philosophical quickly on this week's show.

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