Maple Leafs: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday to open a three-game homestand. Toronto did it 2-0 with 30.2 seconds remaining in the opening period when Matthews was stuck in the puck in his right post before he leaked to Nilander, who was sweeping him from under the blue paint.
And the final score, a 6-3 Maple Leafs win, and final shot totals, 48-28 in favour of the Jets, could seem indicative of such a game.
The New York Islanders have had an outstanding season so far, resulting in a 25-11-3 record. "He's putting himself in good spots". NY has been struggling a bit of late as they are just 2-4 in their last six games but still, the Isles are in a 2nd place tie with the Penguins in the Metro Division and just eight points out of first. "And that's led to success for us offensively". The Leafs, never out of anything and certainly not when the game is tied, scored two goals in 35 seconds. The Leafs made it 2-0 on a Kasperi Kapanen goal ...
The Maple Leafs are finally resembling the team a lot of people expected them to be at the start of the season and I don't see them slowing down here. "And with the skill and depth we have, the trust and the talent amongst us, I think there's a good balance with that". Not just to silence his many critics, but also to get back to being the dominant force he has been at times.
According to oddsmakers, the Maple Leafs are a -135 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Wild, 10: 4: 3 at home, lost the first two games of a stretch in which they played 16 of 19 games at the Xcel Energy Center. "Some of the chances you get I think you're creating because you're feeling good".
Saturday's game isn't part of a back-to-back situation for the Leafs, but Keefe tapped back-up goalie Michael Hutchinson for the start against NY anyway, in part because the Leafs have no back-to-backs until February.
"Those guys helped me so much", Marchment said. "He is a guy that started with somewhat of an unconventional approach, where he didn't play much at all in this first year of pro hockey and it was more time spent in the gym and with the development coaches". After the Avs trimmed it to 6-4 in the final minute, Winnipeg answered with 12 seconds left on an Ehlers goal with assists courtesy of Roslovic and Wheeler. The Islanders are coming off of a loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Semyon Varlamov is projected to start for the Islanders. Forward William Nylander led the way for Toronto with two goals and an assist.
Nylander's second goal at 8:45 of the third on Laurent Brossoit was his 19th, giving the Leafs their first three-goal lead of the game. "I don't think I would be here today without Barb, so kudos to her". "I'm trying to see if I can shake things up". Compensated by fans who supported the visitors, Matthews completed a ideal tic-tac-toe passing game with Nylander and Mitchell Marner to make it 3-0 to the power game in the middle of the second period. But Keefe doesn't correlate his sending a message with Nylander's turnaround.
Johnsson, who was hurt on December 4 against Colorado, wore a red no-contact sweater for the session, while Moore (out since December 23 with a concussion) was in a regular jersey but hasn't been cleared either for a return.
"Yeah, very opportunistic", said Wheeler, when asked about the opposition. They are now just eight points out of first.
The Leafs have suffered quite a few injuries as of late. "He's a big part of this team so it's good for everyone". This is where I'd argue we need.