How meaningful that stat is, I’m not sure, because there is a good deal of luck that goes into it, such as the post Leon Draisaitl hit that bounced off of the back of Mc Elhinney and stayed out.
Despite spending almost the entirety in the d-zone after one initial clear off the faceoff, the Leafs survived.
5-on-3s are about taking away the automatic goal on the backdoor play, putting bodies in shot lanes and getting goaltending luck, and the Leafs managed to pull it off on a huge full-two minute kill late in the second period of this game.9.
Last but not least, as a long-time season ticket holder, congrats to all of the fellow TFC fans out there.
He’s playing about the same minutes on the PK and nearly a minute more per game at even strength.
Most forwards that are second on their team in ice time are playing the power play and Hyman isn’t; that said, as the second-most played forward on the team (all situations as well as even strength) and permanent linemate of Matthews, 40 points should be the bare minimum ask for a player in that kind of role, especially on a team with the offensive weapons and overall depth of the Leafs up front.
In this game, they retreated into a shell with a light forecheck pretty quickly and the Oilers were breaking the puck out and coming through the neutral zone with relative ease.
This is part of the process of finding balance over an 82-game season; despite the positive results early in the year, the Leafs were very shoddy in their own end and turning pucks over routinely through the neutral zone.6.