Maple Leaf’s Ron Wilson: “We’ve Got to Just Stick with It and We’ll Score”

November 25th, 2009 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
He's right. The Leafs have averaged a league leading 34.7 shots per game this year, the law of averages dictates that eventually, some of them will start to go in. When they start, it will look like bucket fulls.

One thing that the Leafs haven't usually had trouble with is scoring. They were fifth in the league last year and have been around that mark on a consistent basis.

Until this year.

Currently, the Leafs sit in 23rd overall, with an average of 2.54 per, slightly below the league average of 2.91.

While one could easily dismiss the Leafs dismal record by saying "they just aren't finishing," or "their forwards just suck,"  but while that may be partially true, if you are focusing on one of those things then you're simply missing something.

There are several teams who score less than the Leafs who have better records. St Louis, Montreal, Buffalo, New Jersey, Phoenix, and Nashville among them.

One obvious difference is goal-tending and defense. Most of the teams in front of the Leafs in the standings simply have better goal-tending, some have better defensive players, but largely, the difference ...

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