2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 13th Eastern
2011–12 record 35–37–10
Team information
General Manager Brian Burke
Coach Ron Wilson (Oct–Mar)
Randy Carlyle (Mar–Apr)
Captain Dion Phaneuf
Alternate captains Colby Armstrong
Mikhail Grabovski
Phil Kessel (Oct–Feb)
Mike Komisarek
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 19,484 (103.53%)
Team leaders
Goals Phil Kessel (37)
Assists Phil Kessel (45)
Points Phil Kessel (82)
Penalties in minutes Dion Phaneuf (90)
Plus/minus Joey Crabb (+3)
Wins Jonas Gustavsson (17)
Goals against average Jonas Gustavsson (2.92)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 95th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917.[1] The team failed to make the playoffs for the 7th straight season.

Off-season[edit]

At the 2011 NHL Draft, Brian Burke fulfilled his pledge to trade up in the First Round, trading the 30th (Rickard Rakell) and 39th (John Gibson) Picks to Anaheim in exchange for the 22nd Pick, which was used to select Tyler Biggs. The Leafs also selected Stuart Percy with 25th Pick.

The Leafs made two key Free Agent additions, adding centers Tim Connolly from Buffalo and Philippe Dupuis from Colorado. The Leafs also added to their blue line by trading Brett Lebda and prospect Robert Slaney to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Cody Franson and center Matthew Lombardi.

The Leafs suffered no major losses during the off-season, however Tim Brent, who had an impressive season with the Leafs was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes and veteran goalie Jean-Sébastien Giguère was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche. Other Leafs to go included Danny Richmond (Washington), Christian Hanson, (Washington) and Fabian Brunnström (Detroit).

On October 4, the Leafs traded their 4th Round Pick at the 2012 Draft to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for centre Dave Steckel.

Prior to the beginning of the regular season, the Leafs unveiled new Alternate Jerseys, similar to the ones they used when they last won the Stanley Cup in 1967.

Pre-season[edit]

They went 4–4 in preseason.

Regular season[edit]

The Leafs got off to a fast start, winning their first three games and seven of their first ten, finishing October in first place in the Northeast Division, second in the Conference. Phil Kessel was the NHL's leading points scorer with 18, and leading goal scorer with 10. James Reimer was the starting goaltender for the first five games, but was injured in his next start when Montreal's Brian Gionta struck Reimer in the jaw while fighting for the puck. Early in the season, the Leafs power play has dramatically improved, with a 21.6% conversion rate, good for third in the league as of December 17, 2011. However, when short-handed, they had been less efficient with a 73.0% kill rate, the worst in the NHL.

On February 9, 2012, the NHL announced that the Leafs would play the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium for the 2013 NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2013. It would later be postponed to 2014 due to the lockout.

With the Leafs falling out of the playoff race and in the midst of losing 10 of their last 11 games, including a six-game losing streak, head coach Ron Wilson was fired and replaced by Randy Carlyle on March 2, 2012.[2] The Leafs went 6–9–3 under Carlyle to end the season.

Playoffs[edit]

The Maple Leafs attempted to finally qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2003–04 NHL season. The Hockey News predicted that the Leafs will place tenth and miss the playoffs.[3] The Maple Leafs have since been eliminated from playoff contention.

Standings[edit]

Northeast Division[4]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
2 Ottawa Senators 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
5 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78
Eastern Conference[5]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game Log: 35–37–10, 80 Points (Home: 18–16–7; Road: 17–21–3)

Overtime statistics[edit]

Games Won Lost Game Winning Goal Scorers
Overtime 10 5 5 Grabovski (1), Connolly (2), MacArthur (1), Phaneuf (1)
Shootout 9 4 5 Lupul (2), Kessel (1), Kadri (1)
19 9 10

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]