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Leafs Nation: Game Night
Posted By Mike De Petrillo On Dec 2 2010 @ 3:34 pm In Toronto Maple Leafs | No Comments
Here we are on Leafs game night, welcoming the equally woeful Edmonton Oilers to town tonight for an all Canadian match-up. Both teams are sitting at 20 points for the year, with the Oilers accruing one more loss than our beloved blue and white. The Leafs are 8-11-4 this season, good for a share of 3rd last in the NHL.
I guess Leafs Nation can consider that an improvement over last year’s 29th place finish, but if I worked at the ACC in a Leafs management capacity I wouldn’t be breaking my arm patting myself on the back.
Let’s call a spade a spade: The Leafs forward group simply isn’t good enough as currently constructed. There has been a gross miscalculation of the talent group the forwards possess, and on a nightly basis the blue and white are generally outs-cored, out-hit and out-classed.
Whatever happened to that buzz word ‘TRUCULENT’ Brian Burke turned into a punch line after taking the reins of the Leafs? If you’re not good enough to win games on talent, hustle and physical dominance can take over and earn you a couple points you may not deserve. (I’m talking truculence in the Milan Lucic hit/score/fight mould, not the staged-fight truculence Colton Orr brings to the table – not that he isn’t great at what he does)
Speaking of which, is it possible to be ‘too tough’? I think so – no one wants to fight Orr in a spontaneous moment…just in a pre puck drop, little emotion, 60 second staged fight with the other teams’ big guy. There’s the occasional youngster aiming to make a name for himself with a TKO over a top 3 NHL enforcer, but a roster spot is dedicated nightly to a player who offers little else than an insurance policy to the squad on a limited basis.
So – who will win the battle of 20 point teams? Who vault into 27th in the league with a win? Can there be a more heart breaking loss on the horizon for the legions of Leaf fans?
Enjoy the game tonight. Fasten your seat belt – the barf bag should be stowed in the seat in front of you if needed.
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