Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jack Campbell
Tampa Bay Lightning
- Andrei Vasilevskiy
Advantage: Tampa Bay Lightning
Sorry, but if Vasilevskiy plays above-average, the Leafs may lose this series in five games.
When it comes to the playoffs, the biggest thing a team needs is a hot goaltender and for the past two years, nobody has been better than Vasilevskiy.
The 2020-21 Conn Smythe Trophy winner and 2019 Vezina Trophy winner is arguably the best goaltender in the world and he’s the Lightning’s rock. If he plays like he did the past two years, the Lightning have a good chance at not only beating Toronto but winning a third Stanley Cup.
Campbell’s stats have been just as good as Vasilevskiy’s before, but he hasn’t done it as consistently as him, so that’ll be the biggest thing determining whether or not the Leafs can win a series.
If Campbell stands on his head, the Leafs have as good of a chance as anyone to win a Stanley Cup this year. However, if he’s just average, his average won’t be good enough against Vasilevskiy.