After eating their third loss in a row, the Toronto Maple Leafs look as though their early season success has become completely undone. Despite the additions of Simmonds and Galchenyuk, who played decently well. The Leafs couldn’t play a perfect 60 minutes, especially from the defensive end. Letting in 4 goals on 18 shots is unacceptable for a team with deep playoff aspirations.
Now having lost six of their last seven games, the Toronto Maple Leafs have now entered a mini tailspin. Once bolstering the NHL’s best record, the Leafs are now tied with their division rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. If the Leafs don’t find a solution on defence, or in net, this could become an ugly second half of the season for the team from Toronto.
The Leafs are once again favoured (-155) but until the squad shows something different, I would be hesitant to bet on them. Catch this rematch with the Calgary Flames on Sportsnet at 7PM EST. Follow us @snkrbox_inc on Twitter from more NHL and Leafs news as well as tonight’s post-game coverage.
The goalie change proved to be the difference in tonight’s rematch versus the Calgary Flames. After Frederik Andersen’s abysmal showing in last night’s game, the Toronto Maple Leafs needed to find an answer to their defensive struggles. Fortunately, the Leafs may have found their answer – and it may be Jack Campbell.
Jack Campbell, across his last three starts, has made 69 consecutive saves. Following back-to-back shutouts, one against the Oilers and one against the Flames, Campbell may be the Leafs new number one net-minder. Though this is only his fourth game this season, Campbell is almost posting a .960 save percentage. Considering the Leafs have a bottom-five goals-against average this season, this may be the stabilizing force the club needs to make a strong run in the second half of the season.
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