The Leafs go into the Christmas break in a much better position than they were last season, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. But, we’re Leaf fans, so we always have something to complain about, right?
- The penalty kill. 35 games, 36 powerplay goals against, and a league-worst 73.9%. Even just an average penalty kill success rate around 82.5% would mean 13 less goals against, and who knows how many more points/positions in the standings. Fix that and this team would be in real good shape.
- Injuries. There’s obviously a lot of teams that have suffered some major setbacks from injury this year, and the Leafs are no exception. Colby Armstrong was recently revealed to have suffered a concussion, Matthew Lombardi, Mike Komisarek, Mike Brown, Philippe Dupuis all remain on injured reserve, and James Reimer has finally seemed to shaken off the concussion-like symptoms that held him out for most of November. Tim Connolly has missed time as well. It’s something that has to be dealt with through the rigors of an NHL season, but it’d be nice if the Leafs didn’t lose any more key players.
- While Reimer has 110 saves in his last 3 games, and Jonas Gustavsson has played better of late, the Leafs’ goaltenders haven’t been exactly All-Star worthy (Although Reimer may be headed to Ottawa for the ASG, that’s more a product of some dedicated Leaf fans than his play). Reimer is 28th in the league in GAA, Gustavsson is 42nd out of 45.
- Not a real grievance here, but for a team that’s supposed to be so truculent, the Leafs have just 12 fights on the season. Colton Orr has just one.