The Toronto Maple Leafs are 6-1 to start the season. All of last season people were predicting the Leafs "puck luck" to dry up. Apparently their scoring percentage was too high and it was not a number that they could maintain. We shall see about that.
The truth is the Leafs do in fact get out shot a large majority of the time and normally that leads to losses among other teams in the NHL. Yet somehow the Leafs manage to continue winning. For some reason I keep hearing Rick Ross yelling "All I Do is Win."
Yes there are many signs that Toronto will regress, myself being a little skeptical. However they have continued to find ways to win under Randy Carlyle. Coincidence? I guess we shall see.
Last year, after so many years of failure to make the post-season I may have been very incline to agree. This year though, I'm not so sure. This Leaf squad has managed to win despite key injuries throughout the lineup including the win tonight without top-6 wingers James van Reimsdyk who was injured tonight and David Clarkson who is out with a 10 game suspension.
Some popular Leaf media outlets suggested that the Leafs would be lucky have a .500 record over their first 10 games without Clarkson and that was before forwards such as Nikolai Kulemin and JVR went down.
They just keep finding a way to win. It truly is shocking to see.
I certainly didn't expect such a hot start from Toronto. I doubt any popular sources would have predicted this. The Leafs have defied the advanced statistician who continue to babble on about puck possession stats (which in my mind is very much mislabeled since it does not in fact take into account the amount of time a given team possess the puck) who continuously predict them to go into a deep spiral.
Yet thus so far they continue to impress. It is fantastic the results they have produced over the first seven games of the season and if this is any indication of things to come it would be amazing. While I don't see things going quite so swimmingly throughout the season, I expect big things from a very potent Leafs offense, especially once they get healthy.