Tuesday, December 6, 2011

NHL Power Ranking - Week 10

After being mauled by the Bruins, don't expect an improvement in the Maple Leafs' ranking. Most ranking drop the Leafs by about 3 spots. However, with James Reimer back in net, more consistent goaltending is expected.

CBS Sports - 11th (-3)

If it weren't for games against the Boston Bruins, the Maple Leafs season would look even better. In four games against the defending champs, Toronto is 0-4 and been outscored 23-6, including a pair of losses this past week.

FoxSports - 12th (-2)

We’re excited that James Reimer has returned, but he’s still going to have to consistently provide quality minutes and handle a heavy work load, which can be a lot to ask of a 23-year-old.

TSN - 12th (-3)

If not for the pesky matter of getting drilled by the Boston Bruins, by a combined 23-6 in four games this season, the Maple Leafs would have more of a Top 10 feeling. However, getting G James Reimer does offer some hope that the otherwise positive record can continue

The Hockey News - 13th (-3)

Leafs have second-best power play (22.4 percent), fourth-worst penalty kill (77.6 percent).

Sports Illustrated - 13th (-8)

Their penalty killing is awful (27th) and they've allowed as many goals as they've scored (87). But the power play ranks second (22.6 percent), James Reimer is back in goal after a concussion absence, and they bagged a nice win over the Rangers in New York. The local media got their knickers in a twist (imagine that) over coach Ron Wilson not alerting them that Reimer would play Saturday (he'd said that Jonas Gustavsson would start). That led GM Brian Burke to take to Twitter and crack, "I love the quote about the liars in sports. Many gainfully employed in the media."

ESPN - 16th (-3)

The Leafs cry uncle over playing the Bruins this season. Try 0-4-0 and being outscored 23-6 after a home-and-home setback this past week. Ouch.

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