February 10, 2013
What we think we know about Maple Leafs at quarter-pole
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

James Reimer, eyeing the puck during Sunday's practice, is among the NHL leaders in save percentage and has quieted talk that the Leafs have to make a play for Roberto Luongo. (Jack Boland, Toronto Sun)

Things we have learned (or we think we’ve learned) about the 7-5 Maple Leafs at the quarter pole of the condensed 48-game season.

THE REAL DEAL?

With all the hype surrounding the James Van Riemsdyk-Luke Schenn matchup at the Air Canada Centre on Monday, no one can deny that the off-season deal between the Flyers and Leafs has been beneficial for Toronto.

Entering play Sunday, JVR was tied with the likes of established snipers Steven Stamkos, Eric Staal and James Neal with seven goals, good enough for fourth in the NHL.

Much of the credit for this early-season success must go to Randy Carlyle and his coaching staff, who constantly hound the team’s forwards to go to the dirty areas in front of the net. By following those instructions, players such as Van Riemsdyk and Matt Frattin (six) have led the way in the goal-scoring department.

“You don’t score many pretty goals in this league,” said Frattin, who netted the tying goal in a 3-2 victory over the Winni



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