Tuesday night the Maple Leafs took on an offensively starved team in the Nashville Predators, that trend seemed to continue as the Leafs opened the flood gates and won by a score of 6-2. Marek Mazanec got the start instead of Pekka Rinne and he did not look good allowing all 6 goals on 32 shots. The game was relatively even in stats, shots and faceoffs were almost even but the Leafs seemed to get the puck luck tonight.
The Maple Leafs were led by the Marner line all chipping in at least 3 points each with JVR and Bozak with 4 points. JVR had one of the best games of his career recording his 2nd career hat trick, that line had all the luck as JVR’s 1st goal came on a second chance from a blocked shot and Marners 1st goal seemed to find its way into the net on a sharp angle shot. Those type of goals haven’t been going in as of late so its nice to see that happen for a change.
Auston Matthews played another solid 2 way game and had 5 shots on net. The chances keep coming and coming, once he breaks out my goodness teams will be even more scared of him. Freddie Anderson had another great game only allowing 2 goals on 34 shots. His stats continue to improve every game, it seems the Leafs have their goalie for the future.
Most of the Predators team seemed to have an off night but Viktor Arvidsson seemed to be all over the ice. He ended the Game with a goal and 7 shots on net including multiple breakaways. One of the downsides to this game for the Leafs was some plays from what seems like is Leaf Nations most hated defensive tandem…. Marincin and Hunwick. Both players seem to make some questionable choices at times and then capped off with James Neal beating both of them on a 2 on 1 play. Literally both players were on Neal trying to strip the puck and got out muscled. Stay tuned to see if Carrick and Corrado play in the next game, I am not too sure if C&C are the answer as there is a reason they are scratched and from what I’ve seen this season haven’t been much better than Marincin and Hunwick.
Overall I think the Leafs played a decent game and got contributions from the whole team in every zone. This is a step in the right direction! Lets hope it continues! Let me know what you thought about the game or players. Comment below or on FB or tweet me @TMLHockeyTlk