After 2 good fortunes in the state of Florida, the Leafs aimed to maintain the touch rolling versus the Vancouver Canucks on an unusual Saturday evening Leap Day face-off. While it’s not a 4 factor video game like it remained in Florida, every factor issues, so the Leafs aim to obtain an additional win under their belt.
Much like Thursday evening, Andersen had us yelling at our Televisions asking Sheldon Keefe to lastly offer him the grace pull after permitting 2 objectives on 3 shots.
But plainly we really did not find out anything from the video game versus the Panthers, as Freddie quit the staying 24 shots he encountered in the video game. It would certainly behave for him to lastly begin a video game in a timely manner, yet we’ll take also the least recover over what we have actually had for the last 3 months.
He additionally made an extraordinary pass to Nylander, regrettably except an objective though.
What a go by Andersen to Nylander pic.twitter.com/fSjNKYmFdV
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 1, 2020
It looks like simply the other day we surrendered all hope on Auston Matthews transforming it around defensively. But, after that we kept in mind that he’s just 22, as well as currently he rises his video game to an entire brand-new degree this period.
Now his line with Zach Hyman as well as Mitch Marner have actually ended up being the brand-new closure line for the Leafs, as well as they have actually functioned marvels for the Leafs these previous pair video games. While they weren’t as efficient tonight in the progressed metrics, they still handled a 50% 5v5 CF% (as well as a 56.52% for Marner) tonite, as well as maintained the Pettersson-Miller-Toffoli triad off the board, while obtaining 2 objectives themselves, including this outrageous shot from Matthews.
Matthews places the Leafs back in the lead with his 45 th pic.twitter.com/o2b81S2suY
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 1, 2020
Going right into the video game, we were obtaining all the buzz on Quinn Hughes, as well as while it really did not cause any type of offense (oh darn), he still measured up to it. It looked like when ever before he got on the ice, the puck got on his stick like a magnet, as well as he also returned to quit a pair breakaways throughout the video game.
But, the Leafs handled to have him well, holding him to a 47.37% 5v5 CF% as well as 41.48% 5v5 xGF%, as well as also racked up a pair times with him on the ice also.
Speaking of young defensemen, our team of 6 young blueliners had an additional outstanding video game tonight. They really did not have an outstanding 2nd duration like what we saw in Florida, yet they really did not require to tonight as Freddie was a * little * far better today.
But, they’ll require to maintain it up, as it does not appear like we’re going to obtain any one of the huge people back for a couple of weeks (Ceci could be back quickly, yet that’s not precisely an enhancement).
Marincin really did not have the greatest video game, as he obtained shaken on the ice with a 39.47% 5v5 CF% as well as a 41.79% 5v5 xGF%, as well as the majority of the time dealt with the puck like an explosive.
But, he additionally did this:
Martin Marincin’s very first of the period yet with Titanic songs pic.twitter.com/TOw7pyoRD3
— Michael (@TheLeafs IMO) March 1, 2020
So does it truly matter?
It had not been as solid of a video game as Thursday’s versus Florida, yet it really did not issue, as Andersen covered any type of ground that was shed by the group before him.
Up following, we take our 3 video game win touch on the feared California roadway tri … * checks notes * … oh right, all 3 groups draw currently. First up, we obtained the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday at 10: 30 pm, so ensure you obtain a pre-game snooze in.