The Toronto Maple Leafs (25-18-11) made a statement and routed the New York Islanders (23-22-10), 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Thoughts and Observations
was excellent tonight. Albeit he only saw 9:48 of ice time, he finished the game with three points (one goal and two assists). WithNikita Soshnikov
nearing a return, Leivo might not be in the lineup for long, but after his career night against the Islanders he will get another chance against Columbus.
Things could have went south after the horrific penalty shot call againstMatt Hunwick
, which led to a penalty shot goal byJason Chimera
, but the Leafs persevered and were not deterred by the pathetic call.
The crowd at the Air Canada Centre sounded lively, especially for a Tuesday night. Perhaps the bad call galvanized the fans, but this wasn’t your typical mid-week crowd at the ACC.Mitch Marner
does a lot of things well on the ice, but how easy did he make it look when he pickedBrock Nelson
‘s pocket to setupTyler Bozak
Stat of the Night
This stat has more to do with the season as a whole, but the Maple Leafs now boast the top power play unit in the NHL, converting on 23.5 percent of their opportunities. Toronto went 1-for-3 on the man advantage against the Islanders, with Matthews scoring the lone power play goal, but the team has scored 39 power play goals this season and their improvement on special teams is a big reason behind their turnaround.
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The Maple Leafs will play their first of two back-to-backs this week when they travel to Ohio on Wednesday night to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (35-15-5). The Leafs have struggled in the second game of a back-to-back this season and own a 4-8 record in those games.
Luckily for the Leafs, the Blue Jackets have been struggling as of late, losing six of their last nine games and allowing an average of 3.3 goals against during that span. Sergei Bobrovsky has started the last six games for the Blue Jackets and will likely be between the pipes on Wednesday night.
Bobrovsky has performed very well against the Leafs during his career, posting an 8-3 record with a 2.01 goals against and a .927 save percentage, as well as a pair of shutouts. He’s yet to face the Maple Leafs this season, however, so we’ll see if his strong play against Toronto continues, or if it’s just gaudy stats that were compiled against inferior Toronto teams.
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