Raking Leafs

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11/08/2006

From one test to another

Now that the Leafs have survived, and some might say prospered, the bout of injuries to the defence corps that began in training camp, it looks like a more telling test is up next for the surprising boys in blue & white. The everything man for this team, Mats Sundin, is set to miss three to four weeks from an injury he suffered while roaming around the offensive zone against the flyers; the exact play described in an article characterizing his play as child-like in its enthusiasm. Sundin leads the team in offensive production, so we shall now really see "who will score" for this team.

Thankfully, Kubina should be back on Thursday against the Bruins which should further stabilize the back-end, and will hopefully translate into fewer goals against, which will be the key to success for the team over the next few weeks. Another item in the plus column is the fact the Leafs have already played the most games in the league (tied with Atlanta) and the Leafs only play four times from now until the 19th. Of course three of the next four are against North East division rivals Boston and Montreal, so points are critical.

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6 Comments:

  • At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It wouldn't be a Leafs' season without injury problems.

     
  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Every team has to deal with injuries. And the timing could've been much worse.

     
  • At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh, no doubt this is better now than in the first round of the playoffs like 2002.

     
  • At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A little early for sure but the young guys can build some character in November instead of praying they already have some in April.

     
  • At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Carla said…

    Typically, somebody steps up to fill Sundin’s skates whenever he goes down with an injury and has to sit out a few games. I’ll be curious to see who that is on this year’s edition of the Leafs. Do we have a potential Gary Roberts in our lineup? We’ll see…

     
  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Exactly. And the step isn't as far as you might think. Sundin has 8 of 56 goals, and 19 of 146 points. This team had pretty balanced scoring, as surprising as that idea is. It is the defense that has to hold the fort.

     

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