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Five Takeaways from Leafs vs. Ducks

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs


Mistakes

The Leafs continued to play a tight game defensively, but mistakes led to Anaheim’s second and third goals which buried Toronto. It is part of the learning curve, but it’s a tough pill to swallow when the opposition is making the most of its chances.

Scoring drought

The Leafs have fallen to third in the NHL scoring rankings after being the top scoring team in the League. They have only put up a ‘0’ on the scoresheet in four games this season, but two of those four have come in the last two games. It’s been 121:13 since the Leafs last scored a goal (an empty-netter against Columbus) and it’s been 162:37 since the Leafs have scored with a goalie in the net. The defence has been nice, but it’s time to find that scoring punch.

Faceoffs much improved

It started a few games ago, but the Leafs are continuing to win the faceoff battle. The Leafs won 57% of them against the Ducks. Nazem Kadri led the way winning 10 of 13. Kadri has a chance to do something in San Jose he’s never done before – win 70% or more of his faceoffs in three straight games.

Outshooting their opponents

The Leafs outshot the Ducks 28-25. Good enough on most nights but Corey Perry still managed to light up the lamp anyways.

Injuries/Bad Luck

David Booth took a nasty elbow, and while his status wasn’t immediately known, it’s not expected he will be healthy enough to play. Leo Komarov did not play despite hope that he might and it doesn’t look like he will play in San Jose on Thursday. It’s just the latest in a string of bad luck for the Leafs who have been without Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland. The Leafs will likely call up another forward for Thursday’s game.

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