Unlucky Pierre: A slow start for Engvall hurts the Leafs

Unlucky Pierre: A slow start for Engvall hurts the Leafs

It’s pretty early but it’s safe to say that an 87.9 PDO is ungood. Welcome to the first six games of Pierre Engvall’s season. On a team that hasn’t been performing up to standard to start the year, Engvall’s 85% on-ice save percentage and 2.79% on-ice shooting percentage combine to be the team’s worst PDO, slightly behind fellow bottom sixers like Zach Aston-Reese and Nic Aube-Kubel. It would seem that neither Engvall nor Aston-Reese are thriving in the suppression setting and need to drive the puck up the ice a bit more than the Leafs have been trying to do with them on the ice.
The things that you’d hope to see Engvall doing well, he still seems to be doing. When you look at the shot attempts against when he’s on the ice, his CA/60 is 51.37, one of the better results on the Leafs, but it’s the quality of those chances that have been concerning as his scoring chance against, expected goals against, and high danger shot attempts against rates are all towards the middle of the pack for the Leafs, leading to his goals against rate being one of the worst on the Leafs.
With dwindling offensive opportunities, Engvall’s “for” percentages have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays are alive again

It wasn’t pretty, but it counts.

The Blue Jays came into Monday night’s game with the Chicago Cubs badly in need of a win after being swept by the Los Angeles Angels, a team you really shouldn’t be getting swept by if you have aspirations of playing in October.
Things were looking incredibly bleak in the sixth inning as Tim Mayza came into the game in relief of Jose Berrios and promptly gave up a two-run double to P.J. ‘Please Stop Asking If It’s Short For Pyjamas’ Higgins that made the game 4-0 in favour of the Cubs.
Berrios was getting squared up by the Cubs and he gave up some loud contact but the Blue Jays’ defence bailed him out a few times. He managed to navigate his way to four earned runs over five-and-two-thirds innings on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four.

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— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 30, 2022

As fans everywhere were debating who to fire and trade in the off-season, Matt Chapman and Raimel Tapia drew back-to-back walks before Danny Jansen brought the team to life with a three-run bomb. In the eighth inning, Cavan Biggio hit a two-out double and then Chapman drove him home with a single to tie things up at 4-4.
While the Blue Jays had played well fundamentally in the first nine innings, things started to get weird in extras. Alejandro Kirk was intentionally walked but then got doubled off as he slid into second base with his leg sticking up in the air. Jackie Braldey Jr. and Santiago Espinal let a routine fly fall between them and Bo Bichette got Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tangled up with a baserunner with an errant throw to first.
Thankfully, some excellent pitching from Yimi Garcia and some impressively bad clutch hitting from the Cubs resulted in the Blue Jay …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation