Dallas Eakins

The American Hockey League is a funny spot for a coach.

Thursday’s news of Lake Erie bench boss David Quinn moving on up to join NHL affiliate Colorado as an assistant makes the Monsters the ninth team to change head coaches in the off-season. That is also before taking into consideration the movement of Norfolk coach Jon Cooper, who faces the very real possibility of a completely new roster come fall as Tampa officially announced an affiliation change away from the reigning Calder Cup champions.

So ...

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Ricoh

This one’s just a quickie, guys.

You remember that amusing hide-and-go-seek book that our parents bought us for long car rides to keep us quiet? You know, the one with the tall skinny man with glasses and the striped hat. Yeah, well we’re creating our own version of it.

We’ve been having so much fun at the rink through the playoffs, we thought we’d bring it outdoors. And so, with that grand notion cooked up in the digital offices at Leafs TV, we bring you “Where’s ...

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Marlies Bench

Anyone can read a stat sheet.

Living in Toronto has taught me that much.

Likewise I have also learned that anyone can tell the time, but only few can fix a watch.

I always found it interesting that goals and assists were both worth one point on the stats sheet. Don’t get me wrong, it did me wonders when playing hockey. I could put up three points in a game on secondary assists alone. Though when analyzing a team’s success – especially as they venture further down the playoff road – a goal ...

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Marlies Heat Scrum

When a club is absolutely terrible while either up or down a man, is it really fair to refer to it as a ‘special’ team?

In one playoff game during the 2008 Western Conference Finals, the Marlies allowed four powerplay goals against. Not that special at all.

During that 2008 glory run the penalty kill limped along at a 77.3% kill rate. The powerplay didn’t help much, converting on only 11.4% of the chances. It is now a little more apparent why it took the full 14 ...

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Greg Scott

Like you, I’ve spent a good number of hours pouring over statistics.

I’m talking every digit you could imagine.

From rookie season goal totals to penalty minutes in major junior. I’ve allowed my eyes to peruse plus/minus ratings in the playoffs and average ice time during NHL stints. I’ve compared face-off stats, penalty kill rates and goals scored while four-on-four.

One digit I cannot find ranked in a column, however, is that of chemistry. It’s an unquantifiable bond that propels lines to heights greater than ...

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The Toronto Marlies can find strength in many of the stellar numbers they have put forth this playoff run, however, it is one number that stands out..that of the penalty kill. That penalty killing number is more than a stat, it illustrates strength through unity – the penalty killing unit.

As promised, content out of round 2 would appear in this blog and when looking back on the series victory that was over Abbotsford (in 4-1 fashion) the pk results are staggering. Toronto last gave up a power play goal in ...

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