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Ducks @ Maple Leafs GAMETHREAD: Crunching Leafs

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Why did we get all the teams that kill us in one road trip?

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Pack

Anaheim Ducks VERSUS Toronto Maple Leafs
16-11-5 Record 12-11-7
2nd Pacific, 14th NHL Standings 7th Atlantic, 27th NHL
2.81 GF/GP 2.83
2.78 GA/GP 2.87
24.3% PP 18.3%
80.9% PK 83.2%
Leaders STAT Leaders
Rickard Rakell (14) Goals Auston Matthews (14)
Ryan Getzlaf (24) Assists Mitchell Marner (15)
Getzlaf/Kesler (27) Points Matthews/Marner (23)
Ryan Kesler (7) PP William Nylander (4)
Andrew Cogliano (2) SH Leo Komarov (1)
Cam Fowler (24:11), Ryan Kesler (21:22) TOI/GP (D&F) Morgan Rielly (22:46), Auston Matthews (17:36)
Josh Manson (53.66), Ondrej Kase (53.01) SAT% 5on5 (D&F) Jake Gardiner (54.08), Zach Hyman (53.11)
John Gibson GOALIES Frederik Andersen
10-9-4 Record 12-7-6
.906 SV% .919
2.69 GAA 2.63

Projected Lines

Anaheim:

Rakell-Getzlaf-Perry

Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg

Ritchie-Vermette-Kase

Cramarossa-Shaw-Boll

Fowler-Vatanen

Lindholm-Manson

Theodore-Bieksa

Gibson

Bernier

Toronto:

Komarov-Kadri-Soshnikov

Hyman-Matthews-Brown

van Riemsdyk-Nylander-Marner

Martin-Gauthier-Leivo

Rielly-Zaitsev

Gardiner-Corrado

Hunwick-Polak

Andersen

Enroth

Numbers For Nerds

For those of you who don't know, I'm the unofficial leader of the Rickard Rakell fan club within these hallowed walls of the Hampus Lindholm Appreciation Society (these two are Timon and Pumba, so it's ok). So in honor of Rakell's recent scorching play and also because it's a day that ends in -y, let's look at some Swede numbers (JC I'll hand in my resignation for that pun later just let me have this).

Rakell ranks 1st in goals (14) and 4th in points (21) on the Ducks. This despite missing the entire first month of the season. One of the most telling stats though shows just how good Rakell has been at even strength with only 3 of his 14 goals coming with the man advantage. Despite this success, Rakell has a CF% of only 46.37 which means that although other teams tend to handle the puck more with him on the ice, he makes the most of his limited posession with outstanding shot quality. There is the concern however that he cannot sustain this torrid pace as he's shooting at an astounding 23% clip. For reference, the league average is a little more than 9%, so at some point Rakell's shot percentage will regress quite a bit.

Poll

Who is the new hot dog king in Toronto now that Phil Kessel is no longer there?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Auston Mattews
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Babcock
    (0 votes)
  • 7%
    Nazem Kadri
    (1 vote)
  • 50%
    It was always Steve Simmons
    (7 votes)
14 votes total Vote Now