Leafs Climbing up the NHL Tree

If you’re a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, then you know that the year 1967 is a very important one.

That was the last time that your favorite hockey team won the Stanley Cup. The franchise has yet to win one since despite making the playoffs a bunch, going to the Conference Finals a few times, and having several successful regular seasons.

Fast forward to right now and Leafs fans’ are dreaming about winning hockey’s Holy Grail come June. Considering what the team has already accomplished to this point, this dream could very well become a reality in five months or so.

As of this writing, the Leafs are second in the entire league with 43 points. Yes, they are still six points behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, but if you’re a fan of the blue and white, then you are definitely ecstatic about where things are for your hockey club.

For starters, the John Tavares signing has proved to be a tremendous one. Tavares currently has 33 points in 31 games on 19 goals and 14 assists.

Tavares, 28, has been great in all areas of the game for this Leafs’ team. What’s more is that he has once again shown that he can come through in the clutch as he currently has three game-winning goals.

Speaking of providing offense, Mitch Marner has been an absolute beast this season for the blue and white. He currently leads the team in points with 41 on six goals and 35 assists.

Believe it or not, he may be the team’s most skilled player. He can dangle, has great vision, plays with a lot of speed, and seems to know where the puck is going to end up.

Of course, you cannot talk about the Leafs’ offense without mentioning the play of Auston Matthews. In just 17 games due to an injury, Matthews currently has 27 points on 16 goals and 11 assists.

Matthews continues to show that he has one of the best shots in the game and that when it comes to putting the puck in the net, he’s an absolute sniper. While this team has a lot of other offensive contributors, he and Tavares are the two key goal scorers for this hockey club.

To add fuel to the Leafs’ offensive firepower is that they were able to finally sign William Nylander on December 1. He’s only played in three games, but he already has two assists, so he will definitely be adding a bunch more offense for this team.

Believe it or not, the Leafs have been solid defensively this season as well. The team is ninth in the league in goals allowed as they have given up 85 goals in 31 games.

Despite this number, this team still allows a lot of shots on goal. However, the team finally has stability in goal thanks to the play of starting masked man Frederik Andersen.

As of this writing, Andersen is 17-8 with a 2.44 goals against average, a .928 save percentage. He faces a lot of shots on a nightly basis, so the fact that he is stopping close to 93 percent of them is terrific for the team he plays behind.

There is still a lot of hockey left to be played, but if you’re a Leafs fan, go ahead and start thinking about the Cup because it really could end up happening for you guys this season if things continue to go like they are going right now.

Photo: Yahoo! Sports



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