Sports What the Oilers could learn from the Maple Leafs

21:37  11 january  2018
21:37  11 january  2018 Source:   theScore

Bower's grandson, Leafs president Shanahan to pay tribute to late goalie

  Bower's grandson, Leafs president Shanahan to pay tribute to late goalie Johnny Bower's grandson and Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan will be among the speakers at Wednesday's memorial service for the Hall of Fame goalie. Leafs broadcaster Joe Bowen will be the master of ceremonies for the event at Air Canada Centre. Johnny Bower III and Shanahan will pay tribute to Bower from the podium while former teammates Frank Mahovlich, Ron Ellis and Dave Keon will also attend the event. Leafs legend Johnny Bower dead at 93 Hockey world pays tribute to Hall of Fame goalie The 48th Highlanders band — who have played at the Leafs home opener since 1931 — will also be involved.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Not even a visit to Edmonton could help the Toronto Maple Leafs end their road woes. Benoit Pouliot had two goals and Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists and the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers came into the season listed among the favorites in their respective conferences to reach the Stanley Cup Final - quite a laurel, considering where both teams were a few seasons ago.

Fast-forward to the second week of January, and only one of these teams remains in the hunt for a championship berth - while the other might soon be getting ready for yet another plum seat at the draft lottery.

While Maple Leafs fans continue to enjoy seeing their team jockey for position at the top of the Eastern Conference table, Oilers supporters are deciding which guy they want to see fired this week. It's an incredible divergence between two franchise that entered 2017-18 full of hope and promise following stronger-than-expected playoff showings last season.

Bower memorial set for Wednesday at ACC

  Bower memorial set for Wednesday at ACC TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs will pay tribute to Johnny Bower today at the Hall of Fame goaltenders' memorial service. Club president Brendan Shanahan will be among the speakers during the event at the Air Canada Centre. Leafs broadcaster Joe Bowen will serve as the master of ceremonies. Bower spent 11 seasons with the Maple Leafs and led them to four Stanley Cup titles, including their last in 1967. Bower died Dec. 26 at age 93 after falling ill with pneumonia.Bower's family held a private funeral in Oakville, Ont.Bower's grandson, Johnny Bower III, and Shanahan will pay tribute to Bower from the podium.

Right now, all I can do is learn from that, or take what we did right and go forward. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Edmonton Oilers – Game #31 Preview, Projected Game Day Dec 10, 2017.

The Maple Leafs defeated the Oilers 1-0.Claus Andersen / Getty Images. Except of course, they are only 5-4 in the last nine, seven points back, thanks to The Curse of the Leafs : A pair of truly dumbfounding losses that could haunt the Oilers into the summer.

So, what exactly went wrong for the Oilers? And what can they learn from a Maple Leafs team that has mastered its rebuilding process to the point where it finds itself a Stanley Cup contender just two seasons after stumbling to the worst record in the NHL?

Plenty, as it turns out. And while there's a tongue-in-cheek element to this post, it's fair to say nearly everything that has gone right for Toronto this season has gone horribly wrong for Edmonton.

Your star center can't do it all

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Connor McDavid might be a better overall player than Auston Matthews, but that hasn't made a lick of difference in the standings. In fact, while McDavid has emerged as the only reliable scoring option in an otherwise inept Oilers offense, the Maple Leafs have already shown they can score in bunches even with Matthews on the shelf due to injury.

Dermott moves up as Leafs look for redemption against Blue Jackets

  Dermott moves up as Leafs look for redemption against Blue Jackets The Maple Leafs are looking for a measure of revenge on Monday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Air Canada Centre.Goalie Frederik Andersen will be in the Leafs net as they try to avenge a 4-2 loss in Columbus on Dec. 20.“They slapped us around the last time we were in their building, so we have to be ready to play,” said Leafs coach Mike Babcock. The Blue Jackets did not skate Monday morning, after having played against Florida — a 3-2 shootout win — on Sunday. It’s expected backup Joonas Korpisalo, who beat the Leafs last time out, will start in net for the Blue Jackets.Babcock hopes the Blue Jackets are the more tired team. The Leafs had Sunday off.

We use cookies (why?) You can change cookie preferences. Continued site use signifies consent. Kris Russell slapped the puck into his own net in the third period as the Edmonton Oilers fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3.

Toronto Maple Leafs : What the Leafs Can Learn from Chiarelli. Until recently, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers have attracted a fair share of comparisons to each other. It's not hard to see why.

Consider that Toronto has 10 players with at least 20 points, while Edmonton boasts just five. The Maple Leafs have four skaters who have surpassed the 14-goal mark, while the Oilers have just two. Balanced scoring is critical, and Edmonton is getting nothing in that department, having scored just four goals over its past six games while going an unsurprising 1-5-0.

Solid goaltending matters

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It took some time for Frederik Andersen to find his form, but he has emerged as one of the league's top netminders since the beginning of November, going 16-8-2 with a 2.36 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage, and a pair of shutouts. He's a major reason why the Maple Leafs haven't lost more than three games in a row at any point during that stretch.

Things haven't gone nearly as well for Edmonton netminder Cam Talbot, who put together a sensational 2016-17 campaign but has been a shell of that player this season. Not only are his 3.09 GAA and .902 save percentage the worst marks of his career, he has been downright abysmal so far in 2018, going 1-4-0 with a 3.59 GAA and a woeful .885 save percentage.

Leafs’ Auston Matthews scoring but not soaring, Babcock says

  Leafs’ Auston Matthews scoring but not soaring, Babcock says With six goals in the seven games since returning to the Maple Leafs lineup on Dec. 23, Auston Matthews certainly is putting up the kind of number that impress. Coach Mike Babcock said his star centre, though, is not quite all the way back.“The measure of you people is whether he scored or not,” said Babcock. “The measure for me is does he skate? Does he play 200 feet? Does he dominate the game? “Anytime you’ve been out for periods of time like he has, you don’t skate as good as you normally do. So that’s probably still in process.

Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson. That summertime trade -- panned in some circles as far as the Edmonton Oilers go -- truly does seem to have worked out for both teams. Although, yes, it's early yet. And it's the kind of trade the Toronto Maple Leafs might have to consider

The Oilers were down Cam Talbot and Adam Larsson due to upper body injuries. Add the fact that the Oilers were facing off against a red hot Maple Leafs team, and you could say that the club had their work cut out for them.

Don't ignore special teams

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With a few exceptions, successful franchises excel in at least one area of special teams. And the Maple Leafs have been terrific in that regard, coming into Thursday ranked eighth in power-play conversion (20.9 percent) and fourth in penalty killing (84.8 percent). It's an extension of their success from last year, when they were second and 10th, respectively.

As for the Oilers ... it's bad. Their 16 percent power-play success rate ranks 26th out of 31 teams - a long, long way from their fifth-place showing last season - and they've been even worse on the penalty kill, sitting in the NHL basement at 71.4 percent. And things are getting worse, with the Oilers having surrendered nine power-play goals in their last seven games.

Play your cards right

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Both teams have been blessed with a trove of talented forwards - but you wouldn't know it by looking at the Oilers' roster. In just over a year and a half, Edmonton has traded two former No. 1 picks (Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov) and a fellow first-rounder (Jordan Eberle) for a reliable but offensively challenged blue-liner (Adam Larsson), an erratic young center (Ryan Strome), and a former fourth-rounder toiling in the ECHL (Zach Pochiro).

NHL announces 2018 All-Star rosters

  NHL announces 2018 All-Star rosters On Wednesday, the NHL released the full rosters for each of the divisions for the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament to be held in Tampa Bay later this month.A fan vote determined each division’s team captain, the results of which were released last week.

Nov 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN ; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Garret Sparks (31) looks on while guarding the net during his NHL debut against the Edmonton Oilers at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 3-0.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Edmonton Oilers – Game #31 Preview, Projected… Is there something that Hunwick is doing that maybe some of the other veterans, or even the younger guys, can learn from ? Babcock: I thought he was pretty good last game.

Since beginning the rebuilding process, the Maple Leafs have had to deal with bouts of inconsistency from young forwards Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Nazem Kadri. But rather than send them packing, Toronto opted to hold onto them, bolstering its goaltending, defense, and forward depth in other ways. Given the way all three have embraced pivotal roles up front, it's safe to say the Leafs are happy they did.

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Ron and Don: Andersen was right to call out Maple Leafs .
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