You can address the Toronto Maple Leafs’ futility in a variety of ways, yet their horrific numbers in road games probably make the biggest impression.
The Columbus Blue Jackets throttled them 5-0 on Wednesday, mercifully ending Toronto’s road run of games (the Leafs have one more home game left before they approach what could be a turbulent summer).
Various reporters tweeted out some jaw-dropping stuff about the Maple Leafs’ ineptitude away from home. Seriously, some of this stuff is pretty stunning.
TSN’s Jonas Siegel shares their record on the road since 2015 began, and it honestly almost looks impossible:
The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle shows that it’s not as if the games were particularly close, either:
One simple stat from TSN’s Mark Masters also solidifies that Toronto’s been the worst road team overall:
Toronto ran into an especially tough opponent in Columbus, as the Blue Jackets are now on a 10-0-1 run. They were basically the perfect opponent to expose a befuddled Maple Leafs team.
Naturally, the woes aren’t road-exclusive, either.
Hey, at least they’re tanking at full speed, though.
The Anaheim Ducks hope to clinch the top spot in the West by beating the team they knocked out of 2014’s first round.
The Dallas Stars aren’t in the mix this time around, yet they’ve been been feisty nonetheless, winning 12 of 17 contests and being an especially tough out on the road.
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Sometimes the same goal can leave different fans saying “finally” for different reasons.
It’s been an awful Wednesday for the Toronto Maple Leafs, especially James Reimer. It turns out the fourth goal allowed finally shuttled him from the Maple Leafs’ net.
The 2014-15 season has been cruel for Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray, who’s still-young career has been crippled by injuries. Many Blue Jackets fans probably said “finally” when he got his first goal of the year, the same tally that chased Reimer tonight:
It’s plausible that we’ll see better days for both players, and maybe even their teams.
The Boston Bruins have a ton on the line right now, but you wouldn’t know it from how they started against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Washington grabbed two goals from defensemen within the first 7:06 of game time before Boston started to show a little more life. As of this writing, it’s still a 2-0 advantage for the Capitals.
John Carlson started things off with his 12th goal of 2014-15, adding to career-highs for goals and points:
A little more than two minutes later, Matt Niskanen took advantage of Nicklas Backstrom’s second assist to get his fourth goal of the season:
While Washington aims for a round of home-ice advantage, they likely have some fans in Detroit and Ottawa tonight. So far, those three groups are happy.
It doesn’t take an expert to notice that Tuesday’s loss was devastating for the Los Angeles Kings.
The tougher questions surround what’s next and what could have been done to improve their situation. Both Mike Milbury and Keith Jones think that the Kings are in big trouble, and Milbury wonders why Jonathan Quick didn’t face the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday:
NBC Sports viewers think that the Kings are toast, too.
One other poll of interest pins the bigger-picture blame on players: