I would just like to take a moment to introduce myself to the site and the community. My name is Jeffrey Mullen, I am 29 years old, live in the Albany area, and have been a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs for most of my life. I play hockey (or at least do what my interpretation of playing hockey is!) and I love every aspect of either playing or watching the game.
I will work with Myles to try and hopefully together we can provide some very good opinion/insight into the workings of the Leafs.
Tonight the the Detroit Red Wings will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre for the first and only meeting of the 2011-2012 season. Jonas Gustavsson will anchor the net for the Leafs on a 2 game winning streak, while Jimmy Howard will be between the pipes for the Wings. This game will be a challenge for Toronto on special teams as their 30′th ranked penalty kill will be facing a stiff challenge from the Red Wings 6′th ranked power play. Helping in that regard will be a couple of welcome additions to the Leafs lineup as Mike Brown and Mike Komisarek will both be returning from long term injury.
Tonights game will be an excellent matchup, as Detroit and Toronto both play fundamentally different styles of hockey. The Wings are perhaps the best puck posession team in the game, while Toronto boasts a very fast lineup that likes to dump and chase. Detroit should have every advantage in this game, as the achilles heal of the Leafs is play in their own end of the ice. If Toronto experiences the “fire drill” style defensive zone performance that has plagued them most of the season, they will inevitably both take penalties and give quality scoring chances.
The former Norris Division foes should provide the biggest challenge of the 2012 calender year. Some notes regarding tonights matchup:
-Toronto has won 3 of the last 5 meetings
-Toronto has not allowed a power play goal in the 2012 calender year
-Jonas Gustavsson has never lost to the Detroit Red Wings in regular season play (5-1 victory in only meeting)
-The Wings come to Toronto winners of 4 of their last 5 games, second in the Central Division
-Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom will not play tonight for Detroit
-Jimmy Howard will be playing for win number 100 of his NHL career
And in closing, anybody remember this Monster Save
Thanks for reading, I look forward to providing more insight and analysis as the season goes on
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