The Maple Leafs fell to the Devils in Newark. Here are five takeaways.
The Leafs forward recorded a season high seven shots on goal. With the offence continuing to struggle, Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek shuffled the lines, moving Booth to the wing with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. As the winless streak continues, Booth may see more minutes. He played 14:56 tonight.
The Leafs did well in this department, scoring their only goal with the man advantage (1/2 on the night) and killed off the only shorthanded situation. It was their first power play goal in five games. Tyler Bozak’s goal with the man-advantage was his first since December 23rd.
Shots a plenty
The Maple Leafs doubled the Devils in the shots on goal department 34-17. The +17 was their best shots advantage since blanking the Sabres 4-0 back on October 28th. The Leafs beat Buffalo 4-0 back then. A lot has changed since then. So what was different this time?
No inside pressure
The Maple Leafs were seldom in the slot for a solid scoring opportunity. They also didn’t get any bodies to the net for rebounds. There were too many perimeter shots that Devils goaltender Corey Schneider was able to see. When you’re in the midst of a slump, avoiding the middle won’t get it done.
Lack of jump
The Leafs are taking it on the chin when it comes to an ability to show resilience. After the Devils scored their first goal, the Leafs didn’t have a lot of jump. A quick opportunity to erase the effort lies ahead on Saturday, at home to the Edmonton Oilers.