The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a little rut, every team hits their rough patches in the season and right now it is the Leafs and many others who have hit there’s. The Leafs lack of wins in their last ten games comes from a glaring issue, they are having trouble scoring. Which we would think would be the last case with this team.
The Leafs are 3-7-0 in their last ten and in those games they have scored just 24 goals, a 2.40 goals per game ratio at the moment and that is definitely a shock to many fans as the Leafs are known for their 3.10+ goals per game. In their last ten games scoring 24 goals there have been ten Maple Leafs forwards who have scored, Marner (6), Nylander (1), Tavares (4), Moore (1), Matthews (1), Johnsson(2), Brown (1), Kapanen (1), Kadri (1), Hyman (1).
Just before this 10-game drought the Leafs were 7-2-2 and scored 42 goals for, a 4.20 goals per game ratio! What has been the issue, well as stated above, Mitch Marner and John Tavares are doing a lot of heavy lifting. Auston Matthews has scored no goals in the last two weeks, has one goal in the last month but has shot the puck 38 times in the last month. William Nylander has no goals in the last two weeks with just 1 goal and 2 assists on the season, Kasperi Kapanen has 1 goal in the last two weeks and without his two-goal game vs Detroit he would have one goal in the last month as well. Nazem Kadri has one goal in the last two weeks and one goal in the last month. Connor Brown has one goal in the last month and only four goals on the year, Zach Hyman has one goal in the last month and just eight on the year. Andreas Johnsson has one goal in two weeks and three in the last month. Last but not least as I almost forgot about him Patrick Marleau has one goal in two weeks and two in the last month. Therefore out of 8 forwards that I have mentioned, combining their goal totals in the last two weeks, it is six goals between 8 players, in the last month these eight forwards have combined for 13 goals. That is just 1.65 goals per player in the last month.
This Leafs struggles extend way beyond just Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander the Leafs other top six forwards aside from Marner and Tavares are not getting the job done. Nylander has been in a dry spell all year, Hyman and Brown have not been consistent at all, Johnsson has been on/off this year and Marleau has been in a slump as of late too. On top of the Leafs offensive issues, Frederick Anderson is just coming back from an injury, therefore forcing the Leafs to play with Michael Hutchinson did not make matters better. Since Anderson’s return he has played in three games, winning one of them and losing two. He has allowed 9 goals against on 106 shots against. He’s allowed 3+ goals in two of those starts.
The Leafs struggles will go away, the All-Star Break is coming up and this is a much need time for the Leafs to re-coop, relax and get back to the drawing board. The Leafs just need Auston Matthews to get going, Nylander to get hot for like 20 games going into the playoffs and their other top six forwards to show up and be a little more consistent on a day to day basis. The Leafs have made one move for Wednesday’s game vs Washington. Which is Marner and Matthews paired together to hopefully spark something as Mike Babcock said.