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Lupul to return for Leafs, who sure give up a lot of shots

Dec 11, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t have Dion Phaneuf for the next two games — and as we wrote yesterday, it should be interesting to see how they fare without their suspended captain — but they will have forward Joffrey Lupul back in the lineup tonight versus visiting Los Angeles.

Lupul, who’s missed the last seven games with a groin injury, has eight goals and seven assists in 22 games this season. The 30-year-old should be a nice addition for a team with just two regulation wins in its last 17 games. The Leafs do remain four points clear of the Rangers in the race for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, but there’s obvious concern about the team’s play.

In one of the more remarkable statistics in the NHL, Toronto has been outshot in all but four of its 31 games. On average, the Leafs are surrendering a league-high 37.1 shots per contest, over 10 shots more than they’re averaging themselves (26.7).

  1. beergold - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Hope the training staff remember to double wrap him in bubble blankets before he hits the ice tonite.
    Fragile to say the least!

  2. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Major: “General, should we throw in the whole division sir? … really give it to ’em?” …

    General: “No major, that won’t be necessary”


    NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per the Sports Desk @ El Pais Newspaper

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Benjamin Scrivens
    3) Martin Jones
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Cory Schneider

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      What exactly are they using to factor that list? Martin Jones has 3 games of experience, so I would at first assume GAA. But then, that wouldn’t allow Quick to be #1. Or put the rest of that list in context. Is it just who the author believes are the top 5?

      • kingjoffrey19 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        There is no such list, and the source this guy is using comes from the Sports Desk located inside his parents basement. This guy just constantly puts up his opinion of who is the top goalies in the NHL based on their affiliation with the LA Kings. Explaining numbers 1-4.

      • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM


        Listen pal, you should be ‘thanking’ me for continually posting the most ‘current’ and ‘up to date’ Top NHL Goalies listings from various news outlets around the world. I don’t ‘have’ to do this you know. Nonetheless, I choose to do this for PHT and it’s readers, purely as way of showing my thanks for the excellent work of Brough and crew. So go stuff that in your pipe and smoke it !

    • kingjoffrey19 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      blomfeld…ur the man. i take back everything i said

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        “comes from the Sports Desk located inside his parents basement” …

        a couple of things friend … I live ‘alone’ in an executive-styled home which is approximately 40 feet ‘above’ street level ! … ‘good times’ always, eh ? :)

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