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P.A. Parenteau: The Isles Unsung Hero

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I wrote a piece back in October entitled, "P.A. Perfect?" that discussed whether or not the first line winger would be able to continue on his hot streak that began at the start of the season. As of now, according to TSN's calculations, he is on pace for a 68 point season. Those 68 points would be spread about 14 goals and 54 assists, a production total that his line mates Matt Moulson and John Tavares are more or less both on pace for as well.

I say that because when you look at the Islanders statistics, those three are the very top in the points category with Parenteau and Moulson tied for 28 for the team lead and JT right behind them with 27. After that, the offense dwindles with defenseman Mark Streit checking in with 18 points and Frans Nielsen being the next forward in line with a total of 15 points in 33 games.

Yikes.

But I am not here to talk about the Islanders terrible offensive production that has plagued them all season long. Parenteau, as stated in the past, is a player that many felt would be the odd man out, seeing himself off the Island by the end of the year

Islanders Get Mowed Down By Leafs 5-3

The Islanders took on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night in both teams final game before the holiday break. With the loss to the Rangers on Thursday night, the Islanders were definitely lacking confidence and it showed.

The Isles faced a Maple Leafs team who are having a pretty good season so far. Even with some injury...

Game Preview #35 - Islanders vs Leafs

 

Following a massive victory last night at home against the Buffalo Sabres, the Toronto Maple Leafs (17-13-4) are back on the road to face off against the New York Islanders (11-15-6) in their final game before Christmas. This will mark the third time this season the Leafs will play the second half of a back to back, on the road, following a big home victory. The first time came after the Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, only to lose the following night in Ottawa. The second time Toronto came into Carolina off of a massive 7-1 against the Washington C...

Lesson Learned - Leafs Over Sabres 3-2

 

In what was a huge game for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres, the boys in blue and white managed to fight through some adversity and hold off the Sabres for an inspiring 3-2 victory at the Air Canada Centre. Entering the game with only one point separating them in the standings (the Leafs held that small advantage), the picture became much different as the final buzzer sounded when the Leafs found themselves sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference while the Sabres fell to 11th.

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Sometimes She Goes, Sometimes She Doesn't Go - Kings Down Leafs 3-2 in SO

 

From a game in which James Reimer seemed to finally re-emerge, the Leafs were undone by a couple of unfortunate bounces as they lost 3-2 in the shootout to the Los Angelas Kings. While Reimer stopped 40 of 42 shots on the night the Leafs were certainly in the game until the final shot in the shootout. In a first period in which Toronto outshot Los Angelas 15-14. The opening goal of the game came when a bounce off the glass of a Drew Doughty shoot-in had every player on the ice heading in one direction as the puck fell onto Justin Williams' stick alone i...

Game Preview #33 - Leafs vs Kings

 

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-13-3) lose tonight at home against the Los Angelas Kings (14-14-4), they run the risk of dropping out of the playoffs for the first time this season. Having produced a wonderful start to the season, the buds have found themselves in a dogfight in the tightly packed Eastern Conference. 

The Leafs may be catching a break though as the Kings will unveil Darryl Sutter tonight as their new coach. S...

Leafs Powerplay Certainly Powerful

The Status:

          The Toronto Maple Leafs power play in recent years has been somewhat of a spectacle in the NHL. The team has tried many different looks on the PP to try and spark some offense. A change in personnel, a coaching change, and more personnel changes later the Leafs are finally a team to watch on the man advantage for the right reasons.

A Powerless Powerplay:

          In the 2009-2010 season the Leafs power play ranked dead last in the NHL at a dismal 14.00%. A unit that featured players like Phil Kessel, Tomas Kaberle, Francois Beauchemin, Dion Phaneuf, and Mikhail Grabovski fa...

Game Preview #32 - Leafs vs Canucks

 

On the heels of yesterday's tough loss to the rival Buffalo Sabres, the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-3) head home to take on the Vancouver Canucks (18-11-2) in a must win game for the blue and white. The Canucks come into the game with the top ranked power play unit, and they will look to expose the bottom ranked Leaf PK. Toronto will need to demonstrate a level of discipline that has been missing from their game for the last two weeks. The buds' poor results of late have coincided with a rash of lazy plays and un-necessary penalties.

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Oh S*%*, I shot Myself in the Foot - Leafs Lose to Sabres 5-4

 

Following the victory to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night I wrote that it was time that the Leafs began to play disciplined hockey. While everyone points fingers at both the penalty killing and the referee's, the fact that the Leafs take lazy and unnecessary penalties on a regular basis has been their downfall as of late. This was no different against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. With the Leafs being the better of the two teams in the first half of the hockey game things were looking good for the blue and white. After a scoreless first pe...

Game Preview #31 - Sabres vs Leafs

 

Heading into this season, the Buffalo Sabres (15-12-3) had become the media darling team that people picked to compete with the big boys in the Eastern Conference. They used the fact that the Sabres had the highest payroll in the entire NHL, as well as their ridiculous off season spending spree as proof that this Sabres team was on the rise. I had a different opinion, and looking back at what I wrote in in July my predictions ...