The coaches have to get on the players about 3 specific problems in this last game vs buffalo
if the puck is in Toronto's end, Toronto MUST outnumber the opponent where the puck is. Unless its a 5on3 or the puck is at the point. If all 3 buffalo forwards are in the corner, AT LEAST 3 maple leaf players should be.
On the powerplay in the offensive zone, Toronto MUST outnumber the opponent. If Buffalo sends all 4 players behind the goal line (which they did tonight) Toronto needs all 3 forwards and at least 1 dman pinching in.
This also happened when we pulled the goalie, Buffalo had more puck support then Toronto did even though we had the extra player.
You probably wont get the puck is your outnumbered.
Gardiner's been impressive, no doubt about that. But I don't think the numbers will allow him to make the squad right out of camp. Send him down, get big minutes in the AHL for most of the year, give him a couple cups of coffee when NHLers are injured... I don't see an issue with that plan.
I'd rather see him getting big minutes on the Marlies to start off than being the 6th or 7th man on the big club.
seen this before..its like anyone that plays for th leafs
-D cant get puck out of their zone to forwards (we will excuse gardiner but he doesnt even count because he starting in the A)
-f***ing pkers cant take away passing lame
- powerplay makes me wanna break my tv
-gus reminds me of the cirque du soleil commerical
In one play he pinched, got a shot off, and got back to center ice and stole the puck all in the span of 5 seconds. I really think whatever he needs to learn needs to be taught in the NHL. Our best D by a mile.
i remember seeing him go into the buffalo zone, and i was saying to myself "watch him catch up with the buffalo forward" and boom there he was. really sad to see him go down if that's the case. anyways i agree with the rest here about the three g's having a good game. the rest, not so much.
I very much doubt they cut it down to 7 tomorrow. I think if we're going to go with 7 D, then it will be the very last cut we make.
Significant cut means for the amount of players cut, not a significant player.
Yeap, immediately realised about that (ie being down to 7 Dmen) since we will have 1 more cut by start of season. But the way its described, link said "atleast one big cut".. now, you don't make 2 cuts of players in same day.