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After 10: Where the Leafs have been better

In a series I'll try and keep updated as the season goes along, below is a statistical comparison of the Leafs season so far as it relates to how they finished last season. Toronto bottomed out last season in 29th place and last in the Eastern Conference, so it stands to reason there will be areas of improvement this year.

The first time I posted these numbers was after five games. After 10, here are the updated figures:



Season

GF/G

GA/G

SF/G

SA/G

SV%

PP%

PK%



2009-10

2.56 (T-25th)

3.21 (29th)

32.6 (5th)

29.8 (T-13th)

.892 (30th)

14% (30th)

74.6% (30th)

2010-11

2.30 (T-26th)

2.30 (7th)

26.6 (29th)

26.5 (2nd)

.913 (T-13th)

11.9% (24th)

84.8% (12th)

The abbreviations are goals for, goals against, shots for, shots against, save percentage, power play and penalty kill.

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The biggest upgrades, obviously, have come defensively and in goal, as Toronto is limiting shots against and both netminders are giving them enough saves to make the Leafs the league's most improved team in terms of limiting goals against.

Offensively, however, there have been serious issues the past six games.

With a 5-4-1 record and 11 points in 10 games, Toronto is on pace to finish the season with 90 points, likely just shy of a playoff berth but a 16-point improvement over last season.

Tonight's game with the Senators will be a big one for both teams given their struggles to score.

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James joined The Globe as an editor and reporter in the sports department in 2005 and now covers the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs. More

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