2021-10-22
San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
League : NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs vs San Jose Sharks Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The San Jose Sharks will go on the road and take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in Scotiabank Arena. The Sharks have a record of 3-0-0. The Leafs have a record of 2-1-1.

 

Sharks Undefeated This Season

The San Jose Sharks remain undefeated on the season. They defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 last night. Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc each scored a goal. James Reimer was sharp in the net, stopping 30 out of 31 shots faced.

 

The offense was not good for the Sharks last season. The team ranked 25th in goals per game and 13th in shots per game. Evander Kane led the team with 49 points. Kane has been suspended for 21 games for an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol. He is eligible to return on November 30. This is a huge blow to the Sharks on offense.

 

 

Defense and goaltending were very poor for the Sharks last season. They ranked 30th in goals against per game and 26th in shots against per game. Adin Hall is the new starting goaltender for the Sharks. He has already recorded a shutout this season.

 

Leafs Lose in Overtime

Toronto is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss against the New York Rangers on Monday night. Michael Bunting scored the lone goal for the Leafs. Jack Campbell stopped 21 out of 23 shots faced.

 

The offense was excellent for the Leafs last season. The Leafs finished the season ranking sixth in goals per game and shots per game. Mitchell Marner finished last season fourth in points and Auston Matthews was the leading goal scorer in the league. Matthews missed the first three games of the season but returned against the Rangers on Monday night. Toronto will need the leading goal scorer of the league last year healthy. They have started the season slow offensively. Toronto has not scored more than three goals in any of the four games and has scored two goals or less in three out of the first four games.

Defense and goaltending were strong as well for the Leafs last season. Toronto ended last season ranking seventh in goals against per game and fifth in shots against per game. Jack Campbell had a record of 17-3-2 with a 2.15 GAA and a .921 SV% last season. He ranked sixth in GAA and eighth in SV%. Campbell is off to a great start. He has allowed two goals or less in each game he has started this season.







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