Maple Leafs Information & Rumors: Campbell, Mrazek, Marner & Bunting


On this version of Toronto Maple Leafs’ Information & Rumors, I’ll share a number of the information from final night time’s 10-7 win over the Detroit Crimson Wings. It was for many hockey followers some of the enjoyable video games – ever. Exceptions can be relations of the 4 goalies who performed (and naturally them) and the teaching workers for every group concerned. 

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Nevertheless, when you’re a Maple Leafs’ fan who needs to see the group win and the gamers have an excellent time doing it, it was a sport for you.  

Merchandise One: Jack Campbell’s Inventory Is Dropping Rapidly

Everybody loves Jack Campbell, and that received’t change. However the shine on his sport that started final season and lasted via the early a part of this season has all however disappeared. The reality is that, apart from one glowing sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins, he hasn’t had a powerful sport in fairly some time now.

Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Even Maple Leafs’ head coach Sheldon Keefe, who usually shelters his goalies from any trace of disparaging commentary stated merely “Jack needs to be higher. That objective to begin the (third) interval is a nothing play, actually. It’s a routine save that he could make there. He doesn’t, and it form of snowballs from there.” The play Keefe was speaking about was a small deflection simply over half a minute into the interval.

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Campbell entered the third interval on what a routine night time with 7-2 lead, however the Crimson Wings scored three straight targets within the first couple of minutes of the interval, and Keefe changed him with Petr Mrazek. The third objective was merely an enormous elemental error the place Campbell didn’t comfortable up in opposition to the publish together with his pad.

Merchandise Two: Petr Mrazek Wasn’t Any Higher than Campbell

The Crimson Wings didn’t cease scoring and greeted alternative Petr Mrazek with two extra targets. Curiously, by the top of the sport, Mrazek solely had a .75 save share (stopping six of eight pictures) to Campbell’s .80 save share (stopping 20 of 25 pictures), however it simply appeared completely different in some way. 

Petr Mrazek, Toronto Maple Leafs (Picture by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

The actual fact is that neither Mrazek nor Campbell was sharp final night time, and that’s scary for Maple Leafs’ followers who anticipate this sturdy group to make an prolonged playoff run. Are they ok? The Hockey Night time in Canada panel urged that the web must be Mrazek’s; and, possibly he deserves a cross as a result of he was chilly coming off the bench. 

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Who goes in opposition to the Washington Capitals on Monday night time? I’d guess Mrazek, however then I guessed he would begin final night time in order that reveals how a lot I do know. Each goalies have to sharpen their video games.

Merchandise Three: Mitch Marner’s Has a Profession Night time

Mitch Marner had one of the best sport – scoresheet-wise – of his profession. He registered six factors by scoring 4 targets and including two assists within the win over Detroit. Examine this night time with the beginning of his season. If I counted accurately, Marner solely had 5 targets within the first 27 video games he performed to start the season. Then he scored in eight-straight video games between January 15 and February 7. Then he had one objective in eight video games; then 4 final night time. 

What an odd season. He scored a pure hat trick within the second interval after which was the recipient of a present from linemate Michael Bunting for the final objective of the sport. In the long run, it was the most effective single-game performances within the NHL this season. Marner has scored 21 targets and added 33 assists (for 54 factors) in 43 video games this season. His sluggish begin is a factor of the previous. As some cynical Maple Leafs’ followers would say, his commerce worth has by no means been increased.

Merchandise 4: Michael Bunting Registers Report-Setting Sport

Michael Bunting had five points on the night time, which was a degree fewer than Marner’s six. He scored a objective and added 4 assists to have his career-best sport. Extremely, Marner, Auston Matthews, and Bunting scored six targets and 15 factors between them on the night time. The five-point night time moved Bunting into second place in NHL rookie scoring. He’s now simply two factors behind the Crimson Wings’ Lucas Raymond. 

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What a house run Maple Leafs’ common supervisor Kyle Dubas hit by choosing up the younger free agent in the course of the offseason. Bunting was the primary Maple Leafs’ rookie to have a five-point sport since 1967-68. He’ll probably not win the Calder Trophy due to his age and background, however he’s positive making folks discover.

Merchandise 5: Auston Matthews Has “Solely” 4 Factors

Auston Matthews, who’s been main the parade just lately, “solely” had a four-point night time by scoring a objective and including three assists. Matthews is flying up the NHL’s scoring race and final night time handed former teammate Nazem Kadri. He now leads the NHL with 37 targets and likewise has 31 assists (for 68 factors). That places him fourth general within the NHL, the identical spot that Marner landed in on the finish of final season. 

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Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

As properly final season, Matthews completed second to Connor McDavid in voting for the Hart Trophy. The place will he land this season?

What’s Subsequent for the Maple Leafs?

Within the Wild West of a sport final night time with the primary line of Matthews, Marner, and Bunting producing 15 factors, what could possibly be misplaced is that the depth gamers got here via to win the sport for the Maple Leafs. When the Crimson Wings acquired inside a objective, none apart from Ilya Mikheyev went flying down the ice, got here throughout the crease, and scored. 

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Then, after Marner was referred to as for a tripping penalty, inside seconds of the beginning of the penalty kill, David Kampf and Ondrej Kase teamed up on a short-handed objective to ease the panic. 

Aside from the present goalie play, the group appears to have a variety of sturdy items.


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