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04-01-2013, 10:55 AM
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Et le But
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Originally Posted by bib View Post
The Leafs are similar to Boston of a few years ago in some sense.

Question is, do they have anybody who can rise to the play of Tim Thomas come playoffs?
The Leafs have nothing in common with Boston except fighting a lot.

The Bruins for the past few years have been all about depth and defense, focusing on exhausting the opposition through consistent 5 on 5 north-south hockey anchored by Bergeron and Kelly. Although they emphasize size over speed, them and us are actually constructed in similar ways, with two 2-way lines, one exploitation line and a 4th line that is capable of holding its own.

The Leafs have inconsistent high powered offensive forces in Kessel, Kadri, Lupul and JVR surrounded by goons and grinders. Their only two 2-way threats of note are Grabovski and Phanuef, and they have terrible possession numbers and rely on individual acts of brilliance. Their goalies have actually been decent this year though both give up some of the juiciest rebounds imaginable, but they get consistently outshot night in and night out.

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