This has been a major topic all season long so far. The Toronto Maple Leafs have had trouble scoring goals all season long. Another issue has been their goaltending situation. These struggles have gotten the Maple Leafs off to a rocky start to the season. Fans have gotten antsy and are searching for answers within the lineup. This includes the whereabouts of their superstar players in Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and John Tavares.
Their superstars have been a little absent for the beginning part of the season. Tonight seems like the perfect night for these players to get back on track. Vegas is dealing with a substantial amount of injuries. William Karlsson, Mark Stone, and Max Pacioretty are all out for a significant amount of time due to their respective injuries. With a majority of the Vegas star forwards out, it helped the Maple Leafs cruise to a 4-0 shutout.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 3, 2021
Matthews and Marner Have Been Found
The biggest headline in Toronto has been surrounding the slow start surrounding Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Given their significant cap hit each, they have a substantial amount of pressure to perform every night. The expectations for each player are that they need to score three goals a night, but that seems to be impossible. Tonight, the pressure seems to have flown away from the dynamic duo. As a result, these two had monster nights.
It all started with a highlight real goal from Mitch Marner. Marner did his best impersonation of Maxim Afinogenov. The control he has with the puck is magical even while spinning. Auston Matthews would follow this goal up with two of his own goals. This should be a sign of what is to come for Maple Leaf’s fans. To top it off, William Nylander also scored a goal to cap off an incredible offensive performance from Toronto.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 2, 2021
Vegas In Medical Trouble
Heading into the season, Vegas was a huge favorite to win the Pacific Division. So far, they are falling to the bottom real fast. Robin Lehner has done all that he can to try and backstop Vegas to the top, but the offense just isn’t there right now. Max Pacioretty got hurt at the start of the season and is out indefinitely. Mark Stone is still not back from his injury. To top it all off, William Karlsson is now out for almost two months with a broken foot.
It seems all of Vegas’ superstar power has been thrown out of the window. While Alex Pietrangelo still remains on the roster, there isn’t much going on with Vegas right now. Tonight was an embarrassment against the Maple Leafs. While Toronto is a worthy opponent, Vegas is going to need to get healthy if they want to compete with the best in the league.
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