Date: Saturday October 12, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: CBC
The Toronto Maple Leafs welcome former Toronto Marlies Coach Dallas Eakins and his struggling Edmonton Oilers to the Air Canada Centre for a little bit of Saturday night hockey.
While honing his craft as the coach of the Little Leafs, Eakins became the NHL’s hot coaching prospect, translating his new-found status into the head coaching job with the young Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers have not gotten off to the start that many had hoped, managing just one win in four games.
The Leafs on the other hand look to continue their scintillating start, registering 4 wins in their first 5 games, proving that advanced analytics are dumb and completely wrong about them*. Clearly the Leafs are going to be different than every other team we’ve seen over a number of years and manage to continue winning while being outshot.**
*No they aren’t
**Not going to happen
While both the Leafs and Oilers have struggled at times with turnovers and defensive break downs, the Leafs have managed to stay afloat thus far due in large part to the outstanding goaltending of Jonathan Bernier. Edmonton on the other hand has fallen victim to the goaltending struggles of Devan Dubnyk, whom as one of the larger goaltenders in the league seems particularly affected by the league’s equipment crack down.
Devan Dubnyk is awful once again as the Leafs miraculously pull out yet another victory despite being dominated in possession, proving once again that us Leafs fans that actually use our brains are stupid, and advanced stats are even stupider.