5 Reasons Why the Toronto Maple Leafs Are Going to Win More Than 1 Round

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It has taken most of the regular season to find the keys to the vault, but it appears that Sheldon Keefe has finally stumbled on some lineup math that may help them greatly come playoff time.

As just discussed, spreading the top 4 forwards out across 3 lines has generated a more balanced attack, but it has also generated more offense from players with somewhat smaller salary cap hits.

Bobby McMann got some run in the top 6, scored a bunch of goals, received a huge boost in confidence, signed a nice contract extension, and has been a solid middle six guy with nice hands (and 15 goals) ever since.

Max Domi was languishing in the bottom six, playing with various linemates that didn’t really maximize his talents, and looking like a failed signing on new GM Brad Treliving’s resume.  However, since Mitch Marner’s injury necessitated a new top line of Matthews, Domi and Bertuzzi, that line has been lights out, a seemingly perfect blend of speed, grit and scoring.

Speaking of Bertuzzi, he was the poster boy for bad scoring luck for so much of the season, it seemed he was destined to be an even worse signing than Domi.  But somehow he rediscovered his scoring touch, has been potting goals left and right, and has established himself as the net-front presence on the team’s top powerplay unit.

Matthew Knies has had a fine rookie season, with 15 goals to date.  Nick Robertson is trying desperately to force Keefe to keep him in the lineup permanently, and has sneakily climbed to the 14-goal mark with limited ice time.  Calle Jarnkrok (once back from injury) can provide some offense in addition to his solid all-around play.

Goals are coming from all four lines (even Ryan Reaves has 3!).  If the “big guys” falter at times, the Toronto Maple Leafs still have a chance.  If the offence gets rolling, look out.