Saturday, December 17, 2011

Leafs falling out of a playoff position

More bad penalties, bad penalty killing and sloppy play are dragging the Maple Leafs out of the playoff picture. In the meantime Brian Burke talks up his coach every chance he gets. This week when asked for top three stars of the season, he named Ron Wilson - not Phil Kessel, not Joffrey Lupul, not Dion Phanuef but Ron Wilson. What's scary is that Burke may have already offered him a contract extension.

Good - Nik Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski both scored tonight. I bet it was the first time both players scored in the same night this season. That was Kulemin's first goal in 23 games. It was a singular effort by Kulemin to get in the open on the breakaway and the penalty shot was well deserved after he was hauled down. His hard wrister beat Miller.

Bad - This is getting monotonous but the Sabres won the game with their powerplay which was 3 for 6 on he night. A playoff spot is out of the reach with penalty killing rated as 29th in the league.

Good - They didn't lose anyone one to injuries?

Bad- James Reimer had a weak game as did the Leafs defense. Many of the Sabres goals were scored with a Sabre player alone in front of the Leafs net which didn't help.

No comments:

Post a Comment