Propelled by Nazem Kadri‘s milestone night, the Toronto Maple Leafs (22-14-9) dominated the Calgary Flames (24-23-3), 4-0.
Thoughts and Observations
Nazem Kadri had a big night, scoring career goals No. 100 and 101. His 100th career goal was a beauty of a shot. The falling passes byAuston Matthews
weren’t too shabby either.
absolutely leveledJohnny Gaudreau
midway through the second period. The hit was definitely a bit late, but I don’t know if it was malicious. Komarov is 5-foot-11, 210 pounds and Gaudreau is 5-foot-9, 157 pounds, so you could argue this was a late hit that looks worse because of the size differential. This hit, like a number of Uncle Leo’s hits, falls into the grey area, but I don’t think it was a dirty one. Here’s another look at the hit.
With a goal and an assist tonight, Marner not only took over the team lead for points with 39, he also took over the rookie scoring race, surpassing Matthews.
limped off the ice at the end of the game afterMatthew Tkachuk
slew footed him. Here’s a look at the dirty play.
Stat of the Night
The Leafs had 15 takeaways against the Flames and outworked Calgary all game. Connor Brown and Nikita Soshnikov led the way with three takeaways a piece, but the Leafs as a whole were aggressive with their forecheck and it paid dividends on Monday night.
The Maple Leafs will begin their six-game road trip by heading to the Motor City on Wednesday night to take on the Detroit Red Wings (20-19-8). The Wings have been inconsistent this year and are playing the Bruins in Boston on Tuesday, which doesn’t mean much for the Leafs since Detroit is 3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.
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Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau have been splitting starts recently, but with Coreau confirmed to start on Tuesday, the Leafs should see Mrazek between the pipes on Wednesday. Mrazek has struggled this season, posting a 10-11-5 record with a 3.13 goals against and .895 save percentage, but the 24-year-old Czech did have success against the Leafs last season, posting a 1-1 record with a 0.99 goals against and .967 save percentage in two starts.
With Jimmy Howard not expected to return this month, Mrazek has some time to figure things out, but he clearly needs to start playing better if he wants to supplant Coreau. I think we’ll see a motivated Mrazek in this game, but this year’s Leafs team is drastically different than the one he shutdown last season, so I don’t know if he’ll have similar success.
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