Assessing the Leafs Playoff History: 3 Charts

Steely Dan’s 1972 single “Do It Again” details a man who is constantly screwing things up – first with violence, then with women, and finally with money. The chorus belts “You go back, Jack, do it again” – pointing to the surety of more destruction that lay in Jack’s path. It is a proper metaphor for the Leafs playoff performance to date, perhaps with different vices. When it comes down to it, the Leafs have played four close series in which they have failed to secure the big goals necessary for a clinching win. This post will highlight this history at a high level, while avoiding any definite conclusions about the skill and character of the team, which I’ll leave to other writers.
Displayed below is the entire Leafs playoffs history of the new-era Leafs (2016-17 and on) – showcasing the Corsi and Expected Goals percentages metrics for each game. Overall, their matchups have been pretty close – the charts on the left illustrate their shot metrics as a percentage and show most games being pretty close to a 50/50 split. The charts on the right show the actual differentials – how …

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Author: mackinawstats / The Leafs Nation

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