Tuesday, February 06, 2007

A Late Afternoon Dream

David Johnson has put into writing the thoughts I was loathe to utter before Saturday night: The Leafs are good. Not just good but potentially very good. In the comments he goes over some relevant statistics.

The recent resurgence of Andrew Raycroft has started to highlight the Leafs' strengths. Since January 1, 2007 he is 9-4 with a 2.52GAA and .914Sv%. Those numbers would have him in the top 12 for GAA and top 10 for Sv% over the course of the season. If he can maintain his new-found consistency then the Leafs will be a dangerous team in the playoffs. Sure, it's probably a pipe dream but here are the current standings. The Leafs are not necessarily destined to scrap for 8th place. They are within striking distance of 4th. The key will be maintaining their recent consistency. The Leafs can extend their four game winning streak with a win against the St. Louis Blues tonight (8PM Sportsnet Ontario). Here's the Tale of the Tape.

Prediction:

More great goaltending from Razor and John Pohl makes the Blues pay for giving up on him with two powerplay goals.

Leafs 4
Blues 1

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