Some good news came out of Toronto Maple Leafs practice today. Paul Ranger, who was run from behind headfirst into the boards by Alex Killorn in Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, is dealing with some neck pain but did not suffer a concussion on the play. Ian McLaren of theScore has the story.
James Reimer is having a tough go of it, which isn’t a good thing because Jonathan Bernier is still hurt. Still, there’s a much larger body of evidence that suggests Reimer is still a very good goaltender. Cam Charron (Welcome back, Cam!) of The LeafsNation suggests as much in his latest post.
JP Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets looks at Reimer’s situation more from the standpoint of Toronto Maple Leafs management. Does it make sense for a team that allows 40+ shots most nights to trade one of the best backup goalies in the league for proverbial peanuts? JP doesn’t think so.
Is Tyler Bozak better than Sidney Crosby? No. So we shouldn’t expect him to continue this torrid scoring pace over the long term, just as we had good reason not to expect Nazem Kadri to continue his pace from last season. Sean McIndoe of Grantland has more on how we can use on-ice shooting and save percentages to predict a player’s future results.
Could SportVU technology revolutionize how we look at the contributions of NHL players? A lot of people think it will, just as it is currently in the NBA. Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star says the SportVU system is already being tested in NHL rinks, and it’s only a matter of time before teams start installing them in their home arenas.