Will Wild or Leafs halt skid first? 

December, 2, 2013
James ReimerAP Photo/The Canadian Press,/Ryan RemiorzJames Reimer and the Leafs started strong but are now on the skids.

Following Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle made a comment that was quite telling for a team that has been a statistical anomaly this season. It was a comment that confirmed the argument of advanced stat proponents, who preach a strong correlation between shots attempted and wins.

For the first month of the season the Leafs won games despite consistently being outshot. Just looking at the traditional shots-against stat shows that Toronto allows 35.9 shots per game, worst in the league, and almost 10 more than they manage to shoot themselves.