The Toronto Maple Leafs had the past couple days off, so they probably had the opportunity to scout out their opponent tomorrow night, the Montreal Canadiens, in their game against the Ottawa Senators last night.
I was only able to watch the last few minutes of the third period and overtime on a tiny TV about 15 metres away with the sound off at a restaurant, so I can’t tell you much about that game if you missed it. I do know P.K. Subban had an awesome overtime goal and an equally awesome celebration after he scored it.
Subban is definitely a game-breaking player and Carey Price is one of the best goalies in the league, but beyond those two players, the Canadiens don’t exactly impress many people with their play these days.
With P.K. Subban on the ice tonight Montreal had a Corsi % of 49%. Without him on the ice: 25%
— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) January 17, 2014
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) January 17, 2014
That’s good news for the Leafs, who haven’t been overly impressive in their last three games (all three were wins but two ended in a shootout) and will be missing David Clarkson and Frazer McLaren for the foreseeable future. Both were placed on injured reserve today and will miss at least a week.
It’s been a difficult year for Clarkson, who’s on pace to score six goals after signing a seven-year deal worth $36.75-million. The silver lining here is he gets to take some time off to re-evaluate and fully recover, and the Leafs will hopefully recall Jerry D’Amigo in his absence.
On the other side of the coin, Tyler Bozak has been playing far above most expectations (at least offensively) this year. Adam Gretz has a few (hundred) words on Bozak’s hot streak, and why it’s unlikely to continue for much longer.
Chris Selley wrote an opinion piece from a couple days ago on Tim Leiweke, and why he needs to, um, stop talking. Thanks.
Lastly, I found this Sam Page piece on Eric Tulsky and the rise of puck possession metrics (aka fancystats) to be very fascinating. Like them or not, there’s no denying these metrics are having quite the impact around the NHL, and they’re only gaining traction.