Maple Leafs Scoring Woes: What They Can Learn From Tampa Bay, Steven Stamkos

November 9th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
I know, I know, writing about the Toronto Maple Leafs needing a set-up man for Phil Kessel is about as original as a Brett Favre story. And as old as him.

It's a known fact that the Leafs have a serious scoring issue, with just 31 goals through 13 games-2.38 Goals Per Game-which has them ranked 28th in the league. That's a great recipe for missing the playoffs for yet another year in Toronto.

Kessel is tied for the team lead in scoring with Clarke MacArthur (both with seven goals), which means those two have combined for close to half the team's goals.

Again, unless they're potting a goal per period, that's not a great way to make the playoffs either.

The goaltending has been relatively solid this season with J.S. Giguere handling much of the load (.909 SV percent, 2.31 GAA) and with a 2.46 goals against per game as a team, they're tenth best in the NHL defensively.

So the defense and goaltending has been good enough thus far.

It's just putting that darn puck into the net that's the biggest issue so far. Big news, I know.

Plain and simple, the Leafs need help, and if there's one team ...

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