The Toronto Maple Leafs ended their five-game Western Convention highway journey with a 1–3–1 file after they misplaced to the Anaheim Geese 4–3. It was a recreation to take, with the Maple Leafs main 3–1. Then he let it slip and slipped. In the long run, they could not maintain the Geese off the scoreboard.
The Geese’ greatest participant, Trevor Zegrass, scored 2:15 of time beyond regulation. It was his second aim of the sport and led the Geese to a comeback victory final night time. Their victory ended a seven-match shedding streak. The defeat transferred the Maple Leafs to a four-game shedding streak of their very own.
On this version of Takeaways from the Maple Leafs, I will have a look at three main takeaways from the sport.
Takeaway One: Nearly as good as he’s, Mitch Marner had a nasty recreation
Mitch Marner hasn’t been taking part in badly within the season. Though the stats sheet will not present that as a result of he’s not scoring on the identical tempo as he used to, he’s taking part in fairly nicely. That ended final night time when he had an unnaturally dangerous recreation. His turnover proved expensive for the group.
It obtained dangerous sufficient that head coach Sheldon Keefe benched him for a shift. Throughout that point off the ice, Marner went down the tunnel and (the phrase is) broke a stick or two in despair.
In a submit earlier within the week, I famous that – within the occasion of a loss – Coach Keefe performed extra to his two stars (Auston Matthews, however Marner specifically). In that defeat, in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings, Marner had a 24:25 TOI. In that loss, in opposition to the San Jose Sharks, Marner performed 22:02 TOI. Towards the Vegas Golden Knights, Marner performed TOI 26:45.
In the event that they had been productive, certain. However non-productive gamers discover it illogical to play extra when manufacturing is required. My name is that Coach Keefe ought to lower down on Marner’s time to see if he will get a response. It was telling that, when Keefe was requested about Marner’s turnover after the sport, he spoke typically of the necessity for gamers to regulate the puck. He by no means talked about Marner’s title.
I sit up for seeing how Marner performs in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. He can lead this group, however he is not doing it proper now.
The Takeaway Two: William Nylander Stays Productive
William Nylander made two assists in final night time’s recreation. One got here on energy play. Regardless of the drama that surrounds the group, Nylander is not any extra shocked. He simply retains on producing. good for her.
Nylander has now scored 4 objectives and added six assists (for 10 factors) in 10 matches within the season. He has persistently been nothing; And, he has scored not less than one level in eight of his 10 matches up to now this season.
Takeaway Three: Do not Blame Dangerous Maple Leafs Bullets
It isn’t the primary time I’ve stated that this season, however the defeat was not the fault of goalkeeper Eric Kalgren. Certain, he conceded 4 objectives in an time beyond regulation defeat. Certain, he hasn’t gained a recreation this season and has a 0-1-2 file. Lastly, ensure that his target-per-average is 3.62, and his financial savings proportion is .875.
From my standpoint, it nonetheless wasn’t his fault. On the opposite facet of the ice, John Gibson went headlong to win the sport. Calgrain was not that good and the group needed to pay the worth. However he stood as much as the strain.
His group didn’t make it straightforward for him. He overlooked loads of odd-men. And, the turnover in entrance of him made him worse. When Matt Murray recovers from his harm, Calgren returns to the AHL’s Marlies. I hope he will get a recreation the place the group performs nicely for him earlier than he leaves.