Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 27/02/2019 – Game Preview and Recap

Gameday Preview:  Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Time: Wednesday, February 27h  2019

Toronto: 38-20-4 for 80 points

Edmonton: 26-29-7 for 59 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to keep winning at home and continue to hold onto their place in the standings against the severely struggling Connor McDavid and The Edmonton Oilers.0

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –74 points (22 goals 52 assists)
John Tavares – 68 points (36 goals 32 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 61 points (15 goals 46 assists)
Auston Matthews – 59 points (30 goals 29 assists) 53% on Face-offs

Connor McDavid – 86 points (32 goals 54 assists)
Leon Draisaitl –77 points (39 goals 38 assists)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 27 points (20 goals 36 assists)
Darnell Nurse  – 32points (7 goals 24 assists)

Frederik Andersen
29-13-3 2.59GAA .923SV%

Mikko Koskinen
16-16-4 2.87GAA .907SV%

Lineups:

Toronto:

Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Tyler Ennis – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Travis Dermott – Nikita Zaitsev

Igor Ozhiganov – Ron Hainsey

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

 

Scratched: Justin Holl

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Jake Gardiner (Back)

Suspension: None

 

Edmonton:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Sam Gagner

Tobias Reider – Leon Draisaitl– Alex Chiasson

Milan Lucic – Colby Cave – Josh Currie

Brad Malone – Kyle Brodziak – Zack Kassian

 

Oscar Klefblom – Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse – Kris Russell

Matt Benning – Andrej Sekera

 

Mikko Koskinen

Anthony Stolarz

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Jesse Pulijarvi and Juraj Khaira

Suspension: None

Keys to Winning against Edmonton:

  1. Shut Down McDavid
    1. McDavid has over 70% of the points the Oilers have if you shut him down the offense is almost non-existent
  2. Puck Possession
    1. Play a game of keep-away cycle the puck and keep them hemmed in their own zone.
  3. Attack the Defence
    1. Oilers defence is known for its giveaways and bad defensive play. Attack them make them rush and pay dividends from the turnovers.

Gameday:

First Period:

Toronto Penalty – 10:04 – Morgan Rielly, 2 minutes for Hooking

Edmonton PP Goal – 11:06 – Leon Draisaitl (39) assisted by Connor McDavid (54) and Darnell Nurse (23)

Toronto Goal – 18:02 – Patrick Marleau (14) assisted by Jake Muzzin (23) and Connor Brown (17)

Edmonton Penalty – 15:57 – Alex Chiasson, 2 minutes for Slashing

End of 1st – EDM–1        TOR – 1

Shots              12                   12

Faceoffs     7/19               12/19

Hits               12                   5

PP                 1/1                  0/1

 

Analysis

Edmonton came out flying and scored a nice powerplay goal courtesy of Leon Draisaitl. But the Leafs settled in and came back to tie it late with a Patrick Marleau goal with 2 minutes left in the 1st.

 

Need to Do:

Don’t take stupid penalties and continue to clog up the neutral zone for Connor McDavid.

Second Period:

Toronto Goal – 1:09 – Mitch Marner (22) assisted by Zach Hyman (15) and Ron Hainsey (13)

Toronto Goal – 2:26 – Andreas Johnsson (18) assisted by Kasperi Kapanen (22) and Auston Matthews  (29)

Edmonton Penalty – 4:07 –Darnell Nurse, 2 mins for Slashing

Toronto PP Goal – 4:50 – William Nylander (5) assisted by Tyler Ennis (5) and Patrick Marleau (19)

Edmonton Penalty – 6:39–Colby Cave, 2 mins for Interference

Toronto PP Goal – 8:09 – Andreas Johnsson (19) assisted by John Tavares (32) and Mitch Marner (51)

Toronto Penalty – 17:12–Auston Matthews, 2 mins for High Sticking

Edmonton Penalty – 18:47– Leon Draisaitl, 2 mins for High Sticking

Edmonton Penalty – 19:51– Matt Benning, 2 mins for Cross Checking

End of 2nd – EDM– 1          TOR –5

Shots              24                    24

Faceoffs       14/38              24/38

Hits              24                      10

PP                 1/2                   2/5

 

Analysis:

Leafs came out in the 2nd period to kill. They held McDavid for most of the night away from the net and then in the 2nd began to score at will. Andreas Johnsson netted a pair in the 2nd to make it 5-1.

 

Need to Do:

Tighten up defensively and get ready for a push in the 3rd.

Third Period:

Toronto PP Goal 00:25 – John Tavares (36) assisted by, Mitch Marner (52) and William Nylander (11)

Edmonton Goal– 16:06 – Ryan Nugent Hopkins (20) assisted by Darnell Nurse(19)

End of 3rd – EDM – 2       TOR –6

Shots            36                  36

Faceoffs     22/59               37/59

Hits              33                       17

PP                1/2                 3/5

 

Analysis:

Leafs settle down in the 3rd and carry the game the rest of the way home.

Next Up:

Toronto (39-20-4 82pts) vs NY Islander (36-19-7 79pts)

Edmonton (26-30-7 59pts) at Ottawa (22-30-5 49pts)

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