Mitch Marner put on an absolute clinic. With 5 points Marner, owned the game from beginning to end and as Coach Babcock put it “played the entire 60 minutes”.
Well technically Marner had 18:34 minutes to lead the team in ice but it did seem like he was everywhere. Producing 2 goals and 3 assists is an amazing accomplishment for the 20 year old second year player, and shows that when given opportunities, he can produce. The outpouring of offense, now has Marner tied for 2nd (Nylander) with 42 points just behind team leader Auston Matthews with 44 pts.
Linemates Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau also had incredible games, with both players having 6 shots on goal. Kadri had a goal and an assist, while Marleau had 1 goal and 2 assists.
Since the line has been put together the stat package is this impressive:
Kadri line last night: 10 points, 17 shots on net, 26 attempted shots. Line totals last 8 games since Marner was added: 24 points on 79 shots, and plus 17. Leafs have also gone 7-1 during that span.#tmltalk
— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) February 11, 2018
Viking Frederik Andersen was steady when he had to be but really was not tested as much as he has been on other nights. Giving up 3 goals seems like an oddity for the Giant Ginger, but a win is a win and he cannot bail you out EVERY night.
To me, flying under the radar last night was Rookie Travis Dermott.
Dermott, had the 3rd highest time on ice for the Leafs blueline behind Gardiner and Zaitsev. The 21 year old, had 3 shots on goal to go with 3 blocked shots.
To see the young Rookie rearguard get this many minutes in a game like this is a good indicator that Coach Babcock (and Assistant DJ Smith) is starting to trust Dermott even more, and a great byproduct of that means reduced minutes for Ron Hainsey and Morgan Rielly to give them rest during the dog days of winter.
The Toronto Maple Leafs get back at it tomorrow evening versus Tampa Bay Lighting at the ACC. Game time is 7pm (EST).
Also for those of you interested in the possibility of trading JVR. This is what Chris Johnston said last night on HNIC.
— Leafs Hub (@LeafsHub) February 11, 2018