Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NHL Power Ranking - Week 15

The month started so well but after two straight losses the team looks shaky again. There aren't a lot of things a coach can do different. James Reimer will return to the nets altough goaltending hasn't been the problem. Tyler Bozak and Jake Gardner return to the lineup to inject more speed and offense. You hope the weekend was a short set back. Lets hope the revised Battle of Ontario provides a pick me up.

TSN - 13th (0)

As C Tyler Bozak is set to return to the lineup, he's also going to slide right back into the No. 1 line between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel. Why wouldn't he? Tim Connolly hasn't recorded a point and has a total of three shots on goal in the last four games.

ESPN - 15th (-2)

Back-to-back weekend losses slow down the Buds. But they're licking their lips for a Tuesday night home date with the Sens in the revitalized Battle of Ontario.

Fox Sports - 16th (+2)

James Reimer, who at one point was your All-Star starter, hasn’t played in 2012.

Sportsnet - 17th (-3)

With a home-and-home against the Sabres, the Leafs had an opportunity to essentially bury Buffalo last week. Didn’t happen; they split those games. The Leafs had a chance to assert themselves a true Eastern contender at home against the Rangers on Saturday. Didn’t happen; they got shut out 3-zip.

CBS Sports - 18th (-1)

Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul have hit what could be their first slumps of the season, combining for three goals over the past five games. These guys have been carrying Toronto all season, and it should be interesting to see how the team plays when they're not lighting up the scoreboard.

The Hockey News - 18th (-2)

Dion Phaneuf on pace for 39-assist, 52-point season; both numbers would represent his best since 2007-08

Sports Illustrated - 18th (-4)

Well, it looks like it's back to James Reimer for coach Ron Wilson. Jonas Gustavsson was the man for a while, but he lost back-to-back starts to the Rangers and Sabres and so Reimer will get the next chance to grab the No. 1 job Tuesday against Ottawa. Center Tyler Bozak also will return for that tilt.

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