I was in Muskoka (about three hours north of Toronto) last weekend and missed the Leafs game on Saturday, but I heard some guy named Phil Kessel had a pretty good game. Jim Lang of The LeafsNation (formerly of Rogers Sportsnet) has more on Kessel’s four-point performance, and wonders how the Leafs will fare when the offense eventually goes cold.
Steve Burtch of Pension Plan Puppets has developed a model with which he tries to predict the Leafs’ record on a monthly basis. Last month, his results didn’t turn out very well. Nevertheless, I find it interesting when people use analytics to try and predict the future. It’s a very difficult thing to do. We’ll see how Steve’s model works out for February.
The Toronto Marlies played three road games in as many days from Thursday and Saturday, losing two of three. The Marlies were outshot 49-19 as the Texas Stars blew them out 6-0 on Saturday. The Baby Leafs will look to rebound when they begin a 10-game home stand starting with the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Kyle Cicerella has the latest on the Leafs’ AHL affiliate.
This is from four days ago but Justin Bourne of Backhand Shelf made a list of 10 players who he feels need a change of scenery. See where he puts a couple of Leafs on his list.
The Washington Capitals’ power play has been one of the most lethal in the NHL over the last two seasons, and a big reason for that is their ability to get open shots for Alex Ovechkin. Tyler Dellow takes a look at the Caps’ power play and has a few notes on their strategy.