Category Archives: Canadia

Looking to the Future with Babsocks, Laine/Matthews

This week, we have seen the Laine/Matthews debate continue. It’s full of hot takes. A number of people believe Laine deserves the Calder Trophy because he’s a prolific scorer, while others believe that Matthews deserves it because of his complete game.

The Laine/Matthews debate is just surface of what has been a fierce Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets rivalry. The teams simply do not like each other. Adding Laine and Matthews into the fold thanks to 2016 lottery balls is a YUGE add for what could make for a potential Stanley Cup Final between the two teams.

I had the (Babcock voice) OPPORTUNITY to interview the creators of Babsocks, Jake Mednick and Thomas McCole. They have some merch planned, but couldn’t reveal what’s coming. McCole and Mednick are life-long Leafs fans, and stand for a number of great initiatives as they continue their venture with Babsocks.

So who do you think should win the Calder trophy? Laine or Matthews? What’s coming next for Babsocks?

The Least of Your Worries

The Winnipeg Jets were awful against the Montreal Canadiens.

Yes.

Connor Hellebuyck was fighting the puck.

Yes.

The Winnipeg Jets need a better number one goalie than Connor Hellebuyck.

No.

At only 23 years-old, Connor Hellebuyck is learning what it takes to be a number one goalie. He isn’t perfect, but he’s showing to be a lot more capable than Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec has only played one season where he’s had a save percentage higher than .914 in the NHL. Not particularly brilliant.

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Something Has to Give

If you haven’t watched last week’s video yet, check it out!

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had an interesting past couple of weeks. The team has gone 7-2-1 in their last ten games, but have given up leads in FOUR of their SIX recent games. The problem hasn’t been their lack of scoring. They’re averaging almost five goals per game. The problem hasn’t been their goaltending. Frederik Andersen has a .918 save percentage despite a forgettable 12-game start to the season! The problem has been the team taking the foot off the gas pedal after a period and a half.

Beneath their recent success has been a goaltending carousel. Jhonas Enroth was waived and sent to the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies had signed Karri Ramo to an Amateur Tryout, posting an unenticing 3.80 goals against average and an .880 save percentage in just three games. Antoine Bibeau posted a friendly .927 save percentage with a 1.99 goals against average in just two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And on January 10, the Leafs claimed goaltender Curtis McElhinney off of waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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2016/17 NHL SEASON-EXPECTATIONS!

The 2016/17 NHL season is about to begin! Here are the four season preview that I’ve been working on in the past four days! Be sure to share the videos with friends!

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators push for playoff contention?

Is tanking over for the Oilers? Could the Flames clinch a playoff spot with NHL-calibre goaltending? Are the Vancouver Canucks looking to Nolan Patrick?

Could the Nashville Predators be the powerhouse of the Central Division? Will the Winnipeg Jets trade or sign Jacob Trouba?

Will the Washington Capitals win another President’s Trophy?

IT’S AN EXHIBITION TOURNAMENT

But it’s Canada vs USA, so let’s yell and scream at our screens!

When we looked at the initial rosters, we thought Canada could blow the United States out of the water. We forgot about how Brandon Dubinsky is still a thorn in Crosby’s side and that Ryan Kesler is a mutated rat.

The rivalry is something else

and it’s before the preseason!

The fact that this is just an exhibition tournament makes the World Cup of Hockey so much more fun. It’s Canada vs the US of A; a rematch from the 2010 Olympics.

The first pre-tournament game showed us more than what we expected on paper. Canada’s roster, which was expected to dominate, dominated. Except they struggled to score.

Carey Price showed his rust with several plays, especially with the rebound he mistakenly put out for Pavelski to tap in.

For the United States, the Tortorella style of play was grind it out and let players like Patrick Kane and Zach Parise find the back of the net. And they did. Brandon Dubinsky successfully got to Crosby’s head. Kesler was a constant presence after each whistle, until he received a game misconduct for boarding Shea Weber.

The surprise was seeing Jonathan Quick start because he’s an average goalie backstopping a good team (Los Angeles Kings) that is the US of A. The Canadians should have exploited Quick more often by taking more shots. The United States would have been scrambling more just as the first ten minutes of each period.

The Canadians dominated in the shot clock, outshooting the Americans 43-25. Relying on your goalie the whole game might not be the most efficient method of winning a game, especially if you’re in the defensive zone most of the time.

Thanks for the bravery of entering enemy territory

Conference Finals Preview

The NHL Conference Finals are upon us! Check out the previews of each series!

If we went back in time to the beginning of the season, nobody would have thought that we would see Andrei Vasilevskiy and Matt Murray in the NHL palyoffs.

The Blues finally believe in Brian Elliott being their goaltender to carry them inthe playoffs.

Playoff Previews! Day One!

Are you excited for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

With injuries to Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a tough time against the Detroit Red Wings. The youth of Andreas Anthanasiou and Dylan Larkin, combined with the veterans of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will really test the Lightning. Tampa Bay’s Jonatahn Drouin will have to step up in wake of Stamkos’ injury, and so will Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov.

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