Stunning Special Teams
There’s a message going around the NHL, don’t take a penalty against the Leafs. With an arsenal that includes Tavares, Matthews, Marner, Kadri, and Rielly on the top power play unit, their ability to score is unmatched. With a 47.4% success rate as a team, it’s safe to say its a deadly one and may be the best in the entire league.
The Leafs also own a penalty kill percentage of 84.2%, good enough for 8th in the league, showing their consistency. The penalty kill has been strong all season long, even with the departure of top penalty killers from a year ago in Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov.
There was no question that the Leafs were going to score many goals this season. Proving so through their first seven games, as they stand alone at the top of the NHL in Goals For with 33 and Goals For Per Game at 4.71. This Leafs offence is putting together a special start.
What’s even more impressive is the Toronto Maple Leafs are scoring at a high pace with no William Nylander, their third leading scoring a season ago with 61 points. The restricted free agent is yet to play this season and currently in a battle with Leafs management, seeking a high pay day. When he signs, this offence will get even more potent.
Leafs Looking to Build Off Early Success
At the beginning of the season, betting odds for the Stanley Cup showed the Leafs as the team to beat. Becoming victorious over the former Stanley Cup Champion, Washington Capitals and most recently, the Los Angeles Kings, the Leafs are showing they’re for real.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to build off early season success as they attempt to win the team’s first Stanley Cup in 305 years.