The Leafs improved to 9-4 and kicked off their three-game Western Canadian swing with a convincing 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. James Reimer had 43 saves in the win and improves to 4-0 while also bumping his save percentage to .949. The Leafs used a balance attack to score four goals past Oilers goaltender Richard Bachman. Phil Kessel continued his great play of late by having one of his best games as a Leaf with four points. He would score two beautiful goals while adding two assists. It is safe to say this Kessel-Nazem Kadri-James van Riemsdyk line has been exceptional and it has proven that Tyler Bozak may not be all what people think of him.
All Kessel All The Time
Kessel has done what we expected out of him and then some. He has shown that the eight-year contract he signed is well-deserved. With his four-point night, he now has 10 points in his last five games and has seemed to fit better with Kadri than Bozak. Of course, when Bozak returns from injury, who knows what will happen with that line, but if they do continue to produce the way they are, Bozak should be demoted. He also did this which was cool I guess.
Morgan Rielly Continues To Impress
Ever since he “officially” made the Leafs, Rielly has shown both tremendous offensive talent while playing a sound defensive game in front of Reimer. He tallied an assist on the Kadri hip goal and he and Cody Franson have been an impressive duo on an otherwise lacklustre Leafs defense. He has yet to score his first NHL goal, thanks to Kadri, but the way he has played it should not take him too long to net his first goal as a Leaf. Rielly was one of the higher Leafs defensemen in time on ice with a total of 20:01 played.
Reimer Shuts The Door
As I first noted, Reimer had one of his best games of the year stopping all of the 43 Edmonton shots while earning his 11th career shutout. He was busy early and often but improved to 4-0 and continue to make this luxury of having two starting goaltenders more awesome. Hard to knock Reimer right now as he has been on a serious role. He currently sits second in the league in save percentage, one back behind Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding. I am fine with switching between goalies as both have played extremely well, but if Reimer is playing like this consistently why change what is working?
The Leafs will face the Flames tomorrow before heading off to face the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. You can catch the game on TSN and TSN 1050.