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Holland just passed Kadri in points :o

Bernier haha

6 - WSH
5 - TB       
2 - PIT
4 - OTT
3 - CGY
1 - LA

Have a good life Stephane, still no Corrado in the lineup eh?

Nope. He even practiced with Polak earlier in the week so some thought that would be a sign he'd be in tonight. Classic Babcock fake-out!

16-5-1, 33 points | 7-10-5, 19 points

Projected Lines








Chris Brown
Shanislav Galiev
Brooks Orpik

James Reimer   
Frank Corrado
Daniel Winnik

Line-up Notes

Grubauer likely starts for the Caps as Holtby played last night
•Holtby will start for the Caps, back-to-back's be damned!

•Bernier likely starts for the Leafs
•Reimer was not present at practice this morning, Garret Sparks was called up and is expected to back-up
•Reimer left practice on Tuesday favouring his leg, up until this morning it was always expected that he would be fine to start tonight's game
•Harrington was assigned to the Marlies to make room on the roster for Sparks


•Brooks Orpik - Lower Body - Out indefinitely
•Stephane Robidas - Old - Out indefinitely
•James Reimer - Leg - Questionable Saturday

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Science Thread
« on: November 27, 2015, 04:18:12 PM »

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Johansen possibly being shopped.
« on: November 27, 2015, 10:27:58 AM »
Maybe, but all of those guys aren't players use as a centrepiece to build around. Whereas guys like Crosby/Stamkos/Toews can drive the offence on their own, the others all need another piece on their line to be really effective. They're in the top tier at creating chances, but they're 2nd tier type goal scorers. To me, a franchise guy needs to be among the best in the league for both, or be an exceptional defender if they're not exceptional goal scorers (which might push Giroux close to that top tier, but not so much the other guys or Johansen).

This just seems like squabbling about what a "franchise" player means. Everyone will have a slightly different definition. To be Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Toews, Giroux, Getzlaf, Backstrom, Tavares, and Seguin are all "franchise" players. At least while they're still in their primes (looking at you, Getzlaf). Obviously you can divide that group into two smaller groups as well. Kopitar, Bergeron, and Datsyuk would be in a tier very, very close to those guys. If Kopitar and Bergeron scored a tad more and Datsyuk stopped aging and getting hurt they'd be there.

For my money Johansen would be the next best centre after all those guys. Being the 13th best centre in the league is nothing to be ashamed of. Especially since he's younger than everyone ahead of him. So "franchise" centre? Maybe not, but if he can score 70 points back-to-back I'd think about it.

Just to be that guy, that's a very generous use of "split the D".

It's a very generous use of the term "D".

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Justin Bourne joins Marlies coaching staff
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:28:01 AM »

Bourne's a former minor league player turned writer. He often uses his experiences as a former pro in his writing to help get his points across. I've been following him on twitter and reading his articles at the Score for a long time now, he seems like a very knowledgeable hockey guy.

His official role is "Video Coach", which if you've ever read his system analyst posts over at the Score you'll know if a perfect fit for him. In those he breaks down a goal or a play almost moment-by-moment to show exactly what went wrong or what went right. They're very well done.

You can view some of his more recent posts at the Score here, again I highly recommend checking out some of the systems analyst ones:

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2015-2016 NHL Thread
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:19:06 AM »
Who honestly thought that Cam Talbot was going to solve their problems.  They cheaped out on goaltending and are paying the price for it.

Oh, I truly think that the Oilers thought they got themselves a starter in Talbot. I'm glad that even with a change in management they're still a gongshow.

General NHL News & Views / Re: Injuries Around the League
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:17:46 AM »
Just catching up on last nights action, Carey Price re-aggravated the injury that kept him out for a few weeks:

Seems like a lot of people were suggesting that the Habs rushed him back. If that's the case man what a dumb move.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Jimmy Vesey: Possible 2016 UFA Leaf signing?
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:39:42 AM »
Yeah this has been rumoured ever since the summer. Unfortunately like Poile all we can do is wait, but it could be a decent coup for us. I remember before the playoffs last year some people were saying that if Vesey opted to turn pro  then he could have had some impact with Nashville in the playoffs. But he decided to return for another year of school and that's what set off all the speculation about him potentially leaving.

Whether I agree with them or not, I always like hearing what a fired coach has to say about the situation he was in. Particularly if he's pretty candid about it, like I feel Randy might be when that time comes.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Leafs Blueprint
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:51:29 AM »

It's not exactly revealing stuff, really more like a half-hour advertisement for the club.

Yeah, I was hoping for some more behind-the-scenes stuff. A little disappointing.

We knew this run eventually had to come to an end. We should have suspected it would be against the Bruins.

It would be pretty funny if they gave Bernier another chance after this game and he played well for a few games and took back the starters job because of this game. I mean, you know, funny for everyone except James.

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