Time: Saturday, December 15th , 2018
Toronto: 21-10-1 for 43 points
Florida: 11-13-6 for 28 points
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue on their bring your mother road trip in Florida. Looking for some sort of redemption after playing a fantastic game but being out bested by metal bars and an unbelievable performance by Tampa Ba goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. While Florida took a whooping from the Minnesota Wild in their last game.
Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup
Mitch Marner – 41 points (6 goals 35 assists)
John Tavares – 33 points (19 goals 14 assists) 49% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 33 points (10 goals 23 assists)
Auston Matthews – 27 points (16 goals 11 assists) 53% on Face-off
Jonathan Huberdeau–36 points (8 goals 28 assists)
Brayden Point 29 points (15 goal 14 assists)
Evgeni Dadonov – 29 points (14 goal 15 assist)
Aleksander Barkov– 28 points (11 goal 17 assists)
17-9-0 2.50GAA .925SV%
14-4-2 3.03GAA .903SV%
Mitch Marner– John Tavares – Zach Hyman
Kasperi Kapanen –Auston Matthews– Andreas Johnsson
Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander
Tyler Ennis– Pars Lindholm – Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov
Scratched: Justin Holl, Martin Marincin & Frederik Gauthier
Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)
Jonathon Huberdeau – Aleksander Barkov – Mike Hoffman
Evgenii Dadonov – Jared McCann– Anthony Greco
Dryden Hunt– Denis Malgin – Frank Vatrano
Troy Brouwer – Juho Lammikko – Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle –Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson – Alex Petrovic
Mark Pysyk – Mackenzie Weegar
Injuries: Jamie McGinn, Nick Bjugstad, Vincent Trocheck & Derek Mackenzie
Keys to Winning against Florida:
- Be Aggressive
- Young team with tremendous offensive potential but has yet to figure out the defensive side of things. Attack fast and furiously your bound to get some turnovers.
- Both goalies for Florida have been much less then expected and you’ll never know what you’re really going to get out of them. Put as many pucks to the net and score some dirty goals.
- Zach Hyman
- A lot has been said about Hyman being in the top 6. But the Leafs sorely missed his gritty grind it out play on the PK, and on the Tavares, Marner line. Leafs need him to get back to being that impact player again.
- Travis Dermott
- Has really been upping his game lately. Expect him to be a huge impact for the Leafs tonight and moving forward.