With the Toronto Maple Leafs’ games postponed on Saturday and Sunday, I thought I would take a look at the season’s statistics with just over one-third of the season completed. Here are what I think are 10 interesting facts about the Maple Leafs’ statistical leaders for the season thus far.
Interesting Fact #1: Goal-Scoring
No surprise really that Auston Matthews is the Maple Leafs’ leading goal scorer. He’s ranked third in the NHL with 20 goals. John Tavares and William Nylander are both tied for 16th place in the NHL with 13 goals apiece. No one else on the team is in the Top 50 scorers for the season.
Interesting Fact #2: Total Points
Although it’s not unusual to see Auston Matthews ahead in goal scoring, it’s less usual to see him ahead in total points for the team. That honor usually goes to Mitch Marner. However, with Marner out with an injury, Matthews has a total of 33 points (on 20 goals and 13 assists.
That ties Matthews for sixth place in NHL scoring. John Tavares is right behind Matthews with 32 points, and William Nylander is right behind those two with 31 points.
Interesting Fact #3: Plus/Minus
The highest Maple Leafs’ player on the season is Alex Kerfoot, who’s in a tie for 16th place in the NHL with a plus-13. Morgan Rielly is at plus-11, which ties him for 30th place.
Interesting Fact #4: Power-Play Goals
Again, no surprise that Auston Matthews leads the Maple Leafs in power-play goals. He has eight. The Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl is on top of the NHL with 13 power-play goals. The New York Rangers Chris Kreider has the second-most power-play goals with 12.
Following Matthews on his own team are both John Tavares and William Nylander who both have scored five power-play goals.
Interesting Fact #5: Game-Winning Goals
Again, it’s no surprise that Auston Matthews is leading the team with four game-winning goals. What might be a surprise is that he’s not alone as the Maple Leafs’ leader. William Nylander is tied with him at four. Right behind with three game-winning goals is Mitch Marner.
And, a defenseman – Morgan Rielly – has the fourth-most game-winning goals on the Maple Leaf with two.
Interesting Fact #6: Assists
The Maple Leafs’ player with the most assists is not a forward. In fact, it’s defenseman Morgan Rielly, who has 22 assists on the team. He’s tied for 10th in the NHL at that number. The forward with the most assists is John Tavares with 19 and right behind him William Nylander with 18.
Interesting Fact #7: Goals-Against-Average
Jack Campbell is having a fine season. He’s now tied for second for the lowest goals-against-average in the NHL at 1.94. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Tristian Jarry has a lower goals-against average with 1.92.
Interesting Fact #8: Goalie Wins
Jack Campbell is also tied for second place in NHL goalie wins with 15 wins. The two goalies ahead of him at 16 wins are former Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Interesting Fact #9: Goalie Save Percentage
Jack Campbell is tied for the top spot in save percentage for goalies with .937. His partner on the top of the list is New York Rangers’ goalie Igor Shesterkin who also has a .937 save percentage.
Interesting Fact #10: Goalie Shutouts
Jack Campbell is tied for second in the NHL in goalie shutouts. He has three shutouts on the season. Only the Calgary Flames’ Jacob Markstrom is ahead of him, and Markstrom has five shutouts.
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