Thursday, October 20, 2011

Leaf Notes and Numbers

Toronto's Special Teams

2011/12: Power Play 16.00%, PK 77.27%

2010/11: Power Play 15.95%, PK 77.45%

Toronto's Strength (or weakness) of Schedule

so far this season is rated as the easiest by far at Minus 0.82, Zero is average and Los Angeles has had the most difficult schedule at +0.90

Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul have scored 11 of Toronto's 16 goals.
The Kessel, Lupul and Bozak line have counted 23 of the team's 45 scoring points.

Kessel is the first Leaf to tally 7 goals over the first 5 games of a season since Sweeney Schriner in 1944 (see below).

1944/45 Season

Although not the last time Toronto had an undefeated five game start, it's interesting to look
back into the past at another dominating start and how it panned out over the season. After five wins, the Leafs had scored 30 goals and surrendered 12 and sat two points up on Montreal. Toronto also had the top three point scorers in the entire line of Sweeney Schriner (13 points), Gus Bodnar (13 points) and Lorne Carr (12 points).

Leafs would come back to earth and finish with 52 points in the 50 game season in third place, 28 points behind first place Montreal. Carr finished with 46 points, Bodnar 44 and Schriner 37 in only 26 games.

Toronto knocked off Montreal in 6 semi-final games then beat Detroit in 7 to win the Cup.

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