No more shootouts, please
With seconds remaining in a tie game, most Toronto Maple Leafs fans begin to think the same thing: Please, Leafs, please win this now or in OT. Do not go to a shootout.
The Leafs have not won a shootout this season, one of three teams with that embarrassing stat. They are 0-5, following their shootout loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Carolina is 0-1, and Calgary is 0-3. San Jose is in first this year, with a 6-4 record.
For the Leafs, shootout losses are single points they can't afford to miss; those points can add up to making or missing the playoffs, gaining or losing home advantage.
Home ice advantage against the Bruins or Canadiens could be the difference in moving on to the second round this year. C'mon, guys!
Why are the Leafs so horrible at shootouts? Is it goaltending? Our shooters? Inexperience and nerves? (Kadri did lose control of the puck last game versus the New York Rangers.)
It's likely a combination of all those factors, and more. But how to fix it? More practice time, I guess, because it certainly needs fixing.
Since shootouts were introduced in 2005, the Leafs have a 29-45 record. That's 26th in the NHL. New Jersey is in first with a record of 56-36.
In eight seasons, the Leafs have only once had a .500 record. In 2012, they were 4-5. In 2011, 5-6. In 2010, 4-4, their best record ever. Their worst was in the first shootout season, 2005, when they had a 3-7 record.
Of their active players, Kessel leads the way with 15 goals all-time, but that's in 52 attempts. In comparison, Jonathan Toews has had 53 attempts, for 27 goals. And Danny Briere has had 51 attempts, for 20 goals.
Aren't shootouts the most fun part of a practice anyways? Get on that,
Carlyle. I can tell from the picture included with this post that you likely
think the same way fans do as those seconds are ticking down in a tie game.
More pics are inside the post. Go Leafs Go. Cheers.