Oct 15, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson (4) pushes Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) into the net of goalie James Reimer (34) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Maple Leafs Morning: Minnesota (1) @ Toronto (4)


Chart and fancy stats via Extra Skater

The Toronto Maple Leafs took analytics behind the back shed and gave them the business last night when the Minnesota Wild came to town and absolutely dominated their way to a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Maple Leafs.37-14, while posting a Fenwick For of 69% and a Corsi For of 74%.

One category that the Wild did not lead however is in Corsi WIN, which measures who wins the game bud, and at last check the Leafs are now 6-1 and clearly going to cruise to a playoff spot right!….right!?!?

The Good

  • James Reimer reminded everyone that while Jonathan Bernier is good, he is just as capable of stealing games for this team like he did all of last season. Part of me hopes that this will cool down all the crazies currently calling for a Reimer trade, but alas I feel like it will just empower their idiocy and reinforce their belief that the Leafs will somehow land Nail Yakupov for him.
  • Joffrey Lupul managed a 5v5 CF% of 50%, which is not spectacular by any means, but when your team is outplayed as thoroughly as the Leafs were in every facet of the game besides goaltending, it’s quite the performance.

The Bad

  • Just about everything in this game aside from the Leafs special teams and goaltending were awful in this game. The Fenwick chart at the top of the post is absolutely ridiculous. While the Leafs will be able to win more games than most where they are outchanced like this due to very effective special teams and a pair of very good goalies, it’s only a matter of time before lady luck catches up with them.

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