Monday, November 14, 2011
NHL Power Ranking - Week 6
Funny how November seems to be when the Maple Leafs flaws begin to show. An injury to James Reimer doesn't help but the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines are all ice cold and the penalty killing is almost non-existent.
CBC 8th (-2)
Wow, things have certainly changed in the so-called "Centre of the Universe" over the last couple days. Leafs Nation was singing the praise of their beloved Buds, but after being spanked by Boston 7-0 on Saturday, losing Tim Connolly for a couple weeks with an upper body injury, and not having any idea of when James Reimer will be back, some are getting worried. Interesting that Ron Wilson said the team was getting too "fancy dancy" over the last couple games "after reading the papers."
FoxSports 11th (-4)
The rugged Leafs lead the NHL with 286 blocked shots.
ESPN 14th (-5)
The Maple Leafs are quickly starting to resemble last season's squad, which was all over the map and ultimately finished out of the playoffs. They have allowed 19 goals in their past four games and are 1-3-0 in that period. Special teams continue to struggle.
The Hockey News 14th (-5)
Phil Kessel (12 goals, 24 points) still on fire; Nikolai Kulemin (two goals, six points) still ice-cold
CBS 15th (-3)
Toronto has been a .500 (5-5) team since James Reimer was injured against Montreal on Oct. 22. Goaltending has been a big problem over that stretch.
TSN 19th (0)
The Maple Leafs' only win in their last four was a game at St. Louis in which they were outshot 40-22 and escaped in the shootout.