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Keys to the Game: Maple Leafs vs. Stars

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs


The Maple Leafs are in Dallas to take on the Stars. Here are the Leafs three keys to win in ‘Big D.’

Put up goals

The Dallas Stars have the highest goals against in the NHL at 3.38 allowed per game. The Leafs have the highest goal per game average at 3.29. The Leafs are in dire need to bust out of their goal scoring slump. Toronto has five goals scored over three games (three of which happened in the opening half of the first period against the Flyers). The Leafs have to light the lamp quickly.

Special teams advantage and Robidas return

The Maple Leafs had an off night on both the power-play and penalty kill situations on Saturday. Previous to that, the Leafs surrendered short-handed goals on back-to-back nights. Toronto still maintain a top 10 standing in both specials teams categories, while Dallas is in the bottom 10. Tuesday’s game presents an opportunity for the Leafs to get back on track. Stephane Robidas makes his return to Dallas for the first time as a member of the Leafs. Robidas spent 11 years in the Dallas organisation, before being traded to Anaheim at last season’s trade deadline.

Limit Seguin and Benn

He leads the NHL in goals with 25 and is second in the NHL in points with 42. He’s been a thorn in Toronto’s backside for many years. Earlier this month, the Leafs limited Tyler Seguin to zero points in a 5-3 win at Air Canada Centre. The last time the Leafs visited American Airlines Centre, the Leafs got lit up, 7-1. Tyler Seguin had two assists while Jamie Benn led the way with a goal and three assists. Both players will be dangerous, especially with the Leafs not having the last line change for matchups.

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