We can officially call the dark ages over
Capitals Outsider on Twitter had a really interesting stat following the Capitals win on Monday. The franchise that expanded in 1974 is finally, for the first time in its history, sitting with a positive goal differential. Considering how bad the expansion Capitals were, and how good the Ovechkin Capitals have been, I guess it all evens out.
With that goal, the Caps are +1 since Game 1 in 1974.
— Capitals Outsider (@CapsOutsider) April 19, 2022
That got us thinking at PPP whether the Leafs are above the water mark as a franchise or not. There have been some good years, a whole lot of bad years, some good years again, lots of mediocre years after that, followed by the Matthews era now. Where do they sit after all that?
The Leafs currently have a +31 goal differential through 76 games this season. At the start of the season they were -60. The last time I could find where the Leafs finished a season with a total negative goal differential was in 2010-11, the end of the Mats Sundin era and the beginning of the Burke/Nonis era. It seems fitting Auston and co bring it back the other way.
The next target is finding the 400 or so wins so this franchise can finally have a win% above even. Currently it’s at 44%. Montreal is the only Original Six team that is above even, with Philadelphia the only other team with that distinction. I’m not going to account for ties or Bettman loser points. Use this link if you want to.
Various Leafs and Branches
Ty Voit and Braeden Kressler are playoff bound | by: Katya
It was a perfect weekend for the Buds:
Maple Leafs end the Long Island playoff dreams | by: Seldo and Omar
Leafs beat Senators in overtime | by: Katya and Omar
Back to Excited Episode 175: Don’t expand the playoffs | by: Arvind and Fulemin
Here was the jersey tug.
Barzal wants Marner on the Islanders pic.twitter.com/hNd0ZJzEou
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 18, 2022
The Hurricanes are dealing with injuries, but they don’t want to believe something is wrong with Frederik Andersen.
The all-important post-morning skate health updates:
• Jordan Staal is day-to-day.
• Jesperi Kotkaniemi isn’t 100%, so that’s why he didn’t skate.
• Freddie Andersen will be reevaluated in about a week.
— Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) April 18, 2022
The newest minority owners of the Seattle Kraken, per @cnbc:
Macklemore and Marshawn Lynch pic.twitter.com/vtrCn4B2Pv
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) April 18, 2022
Speaking of Marshawn Lynch, anyone remember this?
— Hardev (@HardevLad) April 18, 2022
Also in Capitals news, the Screaming Eagle is coming back as a potential reverse retro jersey. I’d like to see an updated logo be the new permanent one. Not that I have strong thoughts about the current one.
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) April 18, 2022
Claude Julien is back coaching Canada.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 18, 2022
Here’s me hoping Species comes into the comments to further explain this story of NCAA goalie Dryden McKay violating anti-doping laws for what might be over-the-counter drugs?Again, I’m out of my depth here.
Been working on this for a few days. USADA announced Dryden McKay accepted a six-month sanction for an anti-doping violation. A deeper dive into what happened, how things unfolded and why athletes need to be so careful: https://t.co/BLVCgjcwA3
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 18, 2022