Campbell, Kampf, Tavares & Marleau

It was a sport vastly completely different from November eighth when the Los Angeles Kings got here to city and took it to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 5-1 rating. Final evening, the Maple Leafs exited a good first interval with a 1-0 lead because of an Alex Kerfoot objective. After Auston Matthews took what regarded like a questionable penalty on the tail finish of the primary interval – when does Matthews ever take a penalty – and the Kings scored on the following second-period power-play, it was all Maple Leafs. 

The sport was the form of offensive show that hasn’t occurred for the Maple Leafs this season. The top consequence was an easier-than-usual evening for goalie Jack Campbell and the Kings taking place to a 6-2 defeat. The Maple Leafs poured in 4 targets throughout the second interval to win the sport going away. Solely two issues didn’t go proper for the Blue and White: first, David Kampf was injured; and, second, Nick Ritchie didn’t rating.

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That Ritchie didn’t rating wasn’t as a result of his teammates weren’t making an attempt their greatest to make it occur. I do know there’s a variety of criticism of Ritchie’s contribution to the crew this season; and, I’m not saying that a lot of it isn’t deserved. He’s not offering what’s been anticipated offensively. Nevertheless, whenever you noticed the acrobatics his teammates had been doing to attempt to get him off the schneid, it’s important to know that Ritchie’s revered and preferred within the locker room. 

On this version of Maple Leafs Information & Rumors, I check out a few of the occasions of the sport and touch upon the implications of what’s occurring for the crew going ahead.

Merchandise One: Jack Campbell Acquired Again into the Profitable Column

Given Joseph Woll’s success throughout the second begin of his profession when he threw a shutout in opposition to the New York Islanders and Jack Campbell’s so-far stellar season to this point, it’s simple to overlook that Campbell’s sport previous to suiting up in opposition to his outdated Kings’ crew was a 2-0 loss in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Campbell entered Wednesday’s sport with a 10-4-1 file, a goals-against-average of 1.66, and a save proportion of .944 within the 16 video games he’d performed. 

Jack Campbell Toronto Maple Leafs
Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Campbell improved his file however not his statistics when he stopped “solely” 30 of the 32 photographs he confronted. He’s been so good within the web that giving up two targets triggered his goals-against-average to sneak as much as 1.68 and save proportion to slip to .943. That’s superb whenever you consider it.

The 29-year-old Campbell has now gained 5 of his final six video games and jumped his file to 11-4-1. He’s now tied as soon as once more with Frederik Andersen for the NHL lead with 11 video games gained in objective.

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Can Campbell proceed his tempo? Are these statistics simply too good to final? Maybe, nevertheless it appears the jury is now not out on the query of whether or not Campbell is among the high goalies within the NHL. He’s. 

Merchandise Two: John Tavares Has a Two-Level Night time

Maple Leafs’ captain John Tavares put up two factors within the prolific Maple Leafs’ second interval when he scored a objective and added an help on Auston Matthews’ objective. Once more it was his nice hand-eye coordination that allowed Tavares to deflect a degree shot from the seldom-scoring T.J. Brodie (who doubled his season’s level whole with two assists) to offer his crew a 3-1 cushion early within the second interval. 

Toronto Maple Leafs John Tavares
Toronto Maple Leafs John Tavares (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Not lengthy after, Tavares arrange Matthews’ objective from shut vary. Along with his objective, the 31-year-old captain ended a drought of 4 video games with out a objective. He now has scored 9 targets and added 9 assists (for 18 factors) in 20 video games on the season. 

Merchandise Three: David Kampf Was Injured Solely 10 Seconds into the Recreation

The Maple Leafs’ David Kampf was injured on a success early within the first interval and solely performed 10 seconds of Wednesday’s sport. Maple Leafs’ followers need to hope that the time period “precautionary” implies that the harm isn’t severe and that Kampf will return to the lineup shortly. The crew would miss him. On the level of this submit’s publication, there’s no additional information about Kampf to report.

What’s Subsequent for the Maple Leafs?

The Maple Leafs will play the third sport of their highway journey on Friday in opposition to the San Jose Sharks. That makes me surprise about what Patrick Marleau is doing today and whether or not he’ll have a fast reunion together with his two adopted “sons” from the Maple Leafs – Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

Patrick Marleau Maple Leafs
Patrick Marleau when he performed with the Maple Leafs. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Maybe it’s my quickly-advancing age, however I’ve fairly appreciated the way in which the Maple Leafs have engaged veteran management for its younger gamers. I rely Marleau as one of many virtually unsung architects of the crew the group ices immediately. Final 12 months, Joe Thornton was one other veteran chief who make a contribution in methods apart from on the scoresheet. 

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As nicely, Jason Spezza – who scored in opposition to the Kings final evening – is at the moment each taking part in with and informally main this crew. I’m additionally sure Wayne Simmonds performs a job within the locker room as nicely.

Constructing a profitable NHL crew is usually a advanced course of.