Sports Maple Leafs are getting points from all over the lineup

22:31  21 april  2017
22:31  21 april  2017 Source:   msn.com

Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen takes out Brett Connolly with a big hip check

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The Boyle line ’s points are all from those two goals of Kasperi Kapanen, but that balance is good. Trending. My favourite GIFs from last night’s Toronto Maple Leafs win over Pittsburgh Tessa, Scott, and Nazem stole the show last night.

The Leafs have four shooters in the lineup , so you probably want to spread them out a bit better. Playing the bottom line a minimal amount would help get that over 50%, but my goodness what a black hole that Obviously there are a lot of other things to consider, but that’s not the point of this exercise.

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Balance is what this team has been about all season. It’s continuing into the playoffs.

Evgeni Malkin has an absurd 11 points in five playoff games. That rates out to 2.2 points per game and is dramatically ahead of anyone else in the playoffs points race. Phil Kessel is the man closest to that mark, and that hints at what we should already know: playoff scoring races are team events as much as individual achievements. And the team that matters most might be the one you’re playing against.

The top two points men on the Chicago Blackhawks have .5 points per game.

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And after a decade of covering this team, I think it's fair to say there's never been a report card the Maple Leafs were as happy to take home to their parents as this. Asked about Brown, and his versatility throughout the lineup , the coach The Leafs will need an upgrade at some point , though.

The Maple Leafs , after a series of call-ups from the Toronto Marlies, are And just about half of the Leafs lineup that skates Monday night against Calgary will return to the AHL in So the vibe around the team now, during the end-of-season garbage time, is lights-out different than at this point last year.

Toronto is led, as we all expected, by Tyler Bozak with two goals and two assists for a nice even one point per game. Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly have matched that mark with one goal and three assists each.

Next on the Leafs’ list are four players with three points each. Auston Matthews and James van Riemsdyk each have two goals and one assist, and William Nylander and Jake Gardiner are at one and two.

Nazem Kadri, Zach Hyman and the fourth line all have two points each. Leo Komarov and Connor Brown along with Matt Hunwick have one point each, and the only zeroes are the rest of the defenders.

The Leafs have balance, and it’s helping them win games and stay close with the Capitals even when they don’t win. Washington only has five players at three points or more, and three of them play on one line.

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Unfortunately, just as he was getting used to the increased responsibility, the Toronto Maple Leafs blueline was suddenly healthy again. Unless there’s another injury or Dermott falters, it appears as though Carrick’s time in the lineup is pretty much finished.

Vegas is second in the Pacific division with a record of 9-4-0 and 18 points , two more than the Leafs . Yes Vegas has been lucky, but under the luck is some good play all over the ice from a lot of their lineup . Trending. Clinching scenarios for the Maple Leafs What has to happen to get the X.

The Leafs points by line look like this:

  • Matthews line: 8 points and 4 goals
  • Bozak line: 11 points and 5 goals
  • Kadri line: 4 points and 1 goal
  • Boyle line: 6 points and 2 goals

Obviously some of those goals came on the power play, and you should be wary of points piling up from secondary assists. The Boyle line’s points are all from those two goals of Kasperi Kapanen, but that balance is good. Add to that the fact that Gardiner and Rielly have each scored once, and you get a series tied up at two games all.

The hard part comes in using up Kadri and his scoring ability to check that one Washington line that’s most effective, and then, somehow, keep the prolific Bozak line from being hemmed in and allowing too may chances against.

Meanwhile, you need to keep an eye out for the hidden scoring talent lower in the Capitals line. They are top heavy, but that doesn’t mean their middle six isn’t skilled.

The difference maker seems to be Matthews. His line can get themselves out of the defensive zone, and no one does zone entries like William Nylander. If they can get loose to get chances, they will score goals.

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William Nylander to play for Sweden at World Hockey ChampionshipToronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander will represent Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

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