Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Maple Leafs Worst Month Ever


Atrocious. Abhorrent. Embarrassing.
Nothing more need be said about the current state of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Currently on an amazing 3-17-1 run, they just completed their worst January in team history. Below are the Leaf's worst months ever.
Maple Leafs Worst Months Ever with Goals For/Goals Against
1-12-0  .077 March 1988 (1OTL) 35-63
1-8-0    .111 October 1985 (1 OTL) 30-41
1-11-1  .115 January 1984 (1 OTL) 36-71
1-11-1  .115 January 2015 15-39

Each of the months in the 1980's included an Overtime Loss which were not counted as a point back then. The fact that this January also had an OTL and the fact they scored a comically low 15 goals, and had the worst goal for/against ratio of the four months in question make it the worst month in team history.

As for worst month in NHL history, the Leafs January was awful but not the worst ever. Below are some of the terrible months of the worst teams in NHL history.

Team, Date, Record, Goals For/Against
Ottawa October 1992 1-9-1 .136  (1 OTL) 25-61
Ottawa November 1992  1-13-0 .042 27-60

Quebec March 1990 1-13-1 .060 (1 OTL) 43-78

NYR  November 1943  0-9-1 .100 25-51
NYR  February 1944 0-8-2 .100 27-64

Winnipeg November 1980 0-8-3 .136 37-72
Winnipeg December 1980 1-12-2 .120  38-66
Winnipeg February 1981 1-9-2 .125 34-66

Kansas City January 1976  0-13-1 .041 34-82

San Jose December 1992 1-13-0 .071 (3 OTL) 50-81
San Jose January 1993 0-13-1 .036 25-59

Washington November 1974  1-10-2 .115  35-80
Washington December 1974 1-12-1 .107 26-77
Washington January 1975 1-11-1 .115 29-63
Washington March 1975 1-12-0 .077 30-85

As awful as the San Jose record in January 1993, their goal scored for and against ratio was still better than the Leafs last month. The epic Washington Capitals expansion season is illustrated here in detail and their December 1974 and March 1975 are the only ones listed above with a worse goal ratio than Toronto's recent effort.

To top it all off, Toronto is currently on a 10 game losing streak to equal their longest streak ever.

1967 10 game losing streak
15 goals for - 47 goals against

2015 10 game losing streak
10 goals for - 30 goals against

The current streak does however include one of those fake Overtime Loss Point and the 1967 streak had a slightly worse goal for/against ratio. Therefore, the current stretch is not quite the worst run in Leaf history. So, we got that going for us.

That 1967 stretch did however occur in a Stanley Cup winning campaign. I can say with certainty, this season will not end with the same.



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