Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/01/13 at 07:28 AM ET
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
If there's one team that doesn't mind being placed in a cobbled-together Atlantic Division, it's probably the Toronto Maple Leafs, who, through 14 games this season, sit at the top of the division. The Leafs have surged early on, winning 10 contests thanks to steady goaltending from James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, stellar defensive play from Dion Phaneuf and Cody Franson and a scoring onslaught perpetrated by Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri.
In fact, the Leafs are actually second in the league in goals scored, potting 47 in their 14 contests. More importantly, they lead the league in shooting percentage and have the NHL's third best powerplay.
Not only are the Leafs winning in spades, their fans are also enjoying discounted games at the Air Canada Centre. While Maple Leafs tickets were $368 last season on average, they're now $339, a rare 8 percent drop.
Here are the six most expensive Leafs home games in November.
1. November 8 vs Devils: Avg Price $302 | Get-in $87
-At 3-5-4, the Devils are struggling mightily, especially on offense. They rank near the bottom of the league in shots on goal and faceoff percentage. Still, they won two straight to finish off the month of October.
2. November 16 vs Sabres: Avg Price $290 | Get-in $75
-Who's faring more poorly than the Devils? How about the Sabres, who've been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster this year. They've already lost an astounding 11 contests, thanks in part to a paltry 14 goals scored in those games. Cody Hodgson is scoring. That's about it.
3. November 19 vs Islanders: Avg Price $227 | Get-in $73
-Watch out for the Isles. Tavares and Vanek now become one of the league's scariest 1-2 scoring punches. GM Garth Snow is clearly sending a message to the league: the Isles want to win now. They'll need to shore up their back end if they're to do so, however. Most of the Isles d-men are saddled with a minus rating.
4. November 21 vs Predators: Avg Price $229 | Get-in $78
-Seth Jones, Seth Jones, Seth Jones. That the hype in Nashville and across the league as the rookie defensemen is already rumored to be earmarked for team USA. Unfortunately the Preds just aren't scoring enough. Team leader Patric Hornqvist only has 4.
5. November 23 vs Capitals: Avg Price $344 | Get-in $90
-The Capitals may have more balance on offense, but offensively, they're stinking it up. Goalie Braden Holtby has a GAA over 3 and Brooks Laich and Mike Green are both -7 this season.
6. November 25 vs Blue Jackets: Avg Price $238 | Get-in $77
-Don't blame the Jackets rocky start on Sergei Bobrovsky. The Russian netminder has been a workhorse, appearing in all but one of the teams games so far. What the Jackets need to do is generate more offense in front of him.
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