The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Ottawa to face the Senators in a matchup featuring two Canadien teams that are hoping to start their seasons off strong. The Maple Leafs are coming off a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens while the Senators are starting the season with their opening game. The two teams are hoping to win the Atlantic Division and the upcoming game should be a great one featuring two promising rosters.
Maple Leafs return a strong offense this seasonThe Maple Leafs finished last season with 35 wins but were eliminated in the First Round and there is a lot of pressure on the Maple Leafs this season. The hope is that the offense can pick up this season where they left off last year as they scored 3.32 goals per game. The Maple Leafs return Auston Matthews who led the NHL with 41 goals last season and Mitch Marner who had 20 goals and 47 assists to the top line but the Maple Leafs possess a deep scoring unit. John Tavares and William Nylander combined for 36 goals and 56 assists last season and Nylanders started off this season strong with a goal in the 2-1 victory over the Canadiens.
The offense led the way last season but the defense played great as well, allowing only 2.64 goals per game. TJ Brodie and Jake Muzzin will lead the way after combining for 7.2 defensive point shares and 178 blocked shots while Justin Holl and Morgan Reilly combined for 6.0 defensive point shares and 145 blocked shots to give the unit depth. In addition, the Maple Leafs return Jack Campbell as their starting goaltender who had a .921 save percentage and 2.15 goals-against average on 585 shots and saved 31 of 32 shots in the 2-1 win on opening night.
Senators young lineup hopes to take big leap this yearThe Senators only won 23 games last season but showed promise at the end of the season with their young talented skaters as they won 10 of their last 14 regular-season games. The offense is led by Drake Batherson, Tim Stutzle, and Josh Norris, who combined for 46 goals and 52 assists and are all 23-years-old or younger this season. In addition to the young core, the Senators will look to veterans Connor Brown and Chris Tierney to lead the way as the duo has combined for 27 goals and 27 assists.
The offense looks promising this season but the defense hopes to improve as the unit allowed 3.38 goals per game last season. Artem Zub and Nikita Zaitsev look to step up as the duo combined for 3.6 defensive point shares and 180 blocked shots while Thomas Chabot added 1.4 defensive point shares and 72 blocked shots. In addition, the Senators hope for more stability in the net with the team using five goaltenders last season and look to Matt Murray who had a .893 save percentage and a 3.38 goals-against average on 738 shots last season to lead the way in the net.