The Detroit Red Wings were thwacked by the Ottawa Senators to the tune of 6-1 last night, meaning the Toronto Maple Leafs retained their spot on top of the Atlantic division. I think at some point the Leafs will fall back to earth, but starting the year off 7-3 is pretty great.
David Clarkson Watch continued at practice today, as he was playing with Dave Bolland and Mason Raymond. I guess that means Jay McClement was on the Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul line? Or was it Troy Bodie? Why did the Leafs demote Carter Ashton and Josh Leivo again? Those questions (most of them, anyway) should be answered when Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets rolls around. In the meantime, LIIIINKS!
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now if you missed the game, John Scott was ejected from the Sabres-Bruins game after a vicious, blindside elbow to the head of Loui Eriksson. Andrew Thompson of Causeway Crowd shares his thoughts, and should be lauded for his correct use of the word “palooka”.
The Toronto Marlies were back in action last night, but came up short against the Chicago Blackhawks’ affiliate. Jeff Veillette of The Leafs Nation has the recap.
Everybody seems to think he’ll fit in on the second line alongside Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul, but who knows what Randy has in mind. From Michael Traikos of the National Post.
Those #fancystats nerds over at Sportsnet are at it again, this time talking about some big boring science project nobody cares about. (Just kidding. Some really interesting and time-extensive work put in by Chris Boyle towards understanding shot quality.)
Cam Charron wrote a bit of a response to Boyle’s article, and goes into detail a little bit more on the shot quality argument and how it relates to the Leafs. From TLN.
I think it’s pretty clear they’re better than average, but how much better? From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.
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