NHL: Are Toronto Maple Leafs’ Playoff Hopes Already in Trouble?

October 31st, 2010 by Lukas Hardonk Leave a reply »
Saturday night's game against the New York Rangers was nothing so much as a microcosm of the Toronto Maple Leafs' season thus far.

As a team, the Maple Leafs fired 36 shots on Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, but they still failed to score. Some people would be quick to point out that Lundqvist is a very talented goalie and would even say that he is one of the best goalies in the entire NHL, or that the Rangers blocked 35 attempted shots by the Maple Leafs.

Sure, the Rangers are a good team and Lundqvist is part of the top echelon of goaltenders, but neither can be used as an excuse by Maple Leafs players, coaches or fans.

During the first four games of the 2010-11 season, the Maple Leafs scored 16 goals. During that four game stretch, they didn't lose a single game, defeating the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Only one of those teams, Ottawa, sat outside of the playoff picture as of October 31.

What makes the Maple Leafs' offensive struggles even more surprising is the fact that they have out-shot their opponents in more than 50 percent of their games.


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