Game Recap – Vegas Golden Knights v. Toronto Maple Leafs

Time: Tuesday, Novemeber 6th, 2018

Toronto: 9-5-0 for 18 points

Vegas: 6-2-1 for 13 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs head back home where they have struggled big time only scoring 5 goals in their last 7 games. But Vegas has been just as bad on the road, having a hard time scraping wins away from their home arena.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Morgan Rielly – 18 points (6 goals 12 assists)

Mitch Marner – 18 points (4 goals 14 assists)

Auston Matthews – 16 points (10 goals 6 assists) 53% on Face-off

John Tavares – 14 points (8 goals 8 assists) 48% on face-offs

 

Jonathan Marchessault –13 points (6 goals 7 assists)

William Karlsson– 10 points (3 goal 10 assists)

Erik Haula– 7 points (2 goal 5 assists)

Rielly Smith– 6 points (3 goal 3 assists)

 

Frederik Andersen

7-5-0 2.28GAA .924SV%

 

Marc-Andre Fleury

6-5-1 2.51GAA .901SV%

 

Probable Lineups:

Toronto:

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Kasperi Kapanen – Nazem Kadri– Patrick Marleau

Tyler Ennis – Pars Lindholm – Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Leivo

Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks
Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Auston Matthews (Shoulder)

Suspension: None

 

Vegas:

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty – Erik Haula– Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek– Cody Eakin – Tomas Hyka

William Carrier – Pierre-Eduoard Bellmore – Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb –Collin Miller

Shea Theodore – Nick Holden

Jon Merril – Brad Hunt

Marc-Andre Fleury

Macolm Subban
Scratched: None

Injuries: Paul Stastny (Lower Body)

Suspension: None

 

Keys to Winning against Vegas:

  1. Attack the defence
    1. Vegas defence is young and although they played well last year they have been so good this year. Attack hard.
  2. Depth
    1. Needs to score take some pressure off the stars
  3. Score 1st
    1. Leafs have struggled at home and need to get off to a good start. 1st goal of the game would easily help that

Game Day Lineups:

First Period:

Toronto Goal – 05:30 – Connor Brown (2) Unassisted

Vegas Penalty – 06:43 – Bryaden McNabb 2 minutes from Holding

Toronto Penalty – 13:58 – Jake Gardiner 2 minutes from Hooking

End of 1st – VGK – 0     TOR – 1

Shots              13                08

Faceoffs         7/17          10/17

Hits               6                  12

PP                 0/1               0/1

Analysis:

Leafs are aggressive on the defence and attacking the net not worrying about finesse but just getting the puck in the net anyway possible.

Need to Do:

Get more bodies in front of Fleury really having a hard time tracking the puck.

Second Period:

Toronto Goal – 00:09 – Mitch Marner (5) from John Tavares (9) and Zach Hyman (7)

Toronto Penalty – 04:01 – Mitch Marner 2 minutes for Hooking

Vegas Goal – 11:22 – Cody Eakin (4) from Shea Theodore (5) and Jon Merill (2)

End of 2nd –VGK – 1      TOR – 2

Shots               29                 16

Faceoffs          16/40            24/40

Hits                 14                  17

PP                   0/2                  0/1

Analysis:

Leaf came out flying and then took their foot off the gas pedal. Allowing Vegas to dominate the 2nd half of the 2nd period and score once.

Need to Do:

Get back to being aggressive on the forecheck.

 

 

Third Period:

Toronto Penalty – 03:32 – Jake Gardiner 2 minutes for Slashing

Toronto EN Goal – 19:25 – Nazem Kadri(4) from Connor Brown (4) and Patrick Marleau (5)

End of 3rd –VGK – 1           TOR – 3

Shots              37                      21

Faceoffs        23/59             36/59

Hits               23                      25

PP                 0/3                    0/1

Analysis:

Mitch Marner was by far the best player on the ice tonight. Backchecked hard and forechecked hard and even fought hard in front of the net. But his only comparable was Freddie Andersen who came to play tonight stopping 36 of 37 shots for an amazing performance.

 

Next Up:

New Jersey (6-5-1 13pts) @ Toronto (10-5-0 20pts)

Vegas (6-8-1 13pts) @ Ottawa (5-6-3 13pts)

 

You can watch TXHT Live this Wednesday at 8p EST on both Twitch and Facebook Live.

 

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