NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, three key statistics for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1. Penalty-kill percentage
The Maple Leafs ranked 21st in the NHL on the penalty kill last season (77.7 percent). Defenseman Jake Muzzin, who was second on Toronto with an average of 2:31 shorthanded ice time per game, missed 17 games with a broken hand, negatively impacting the penalty kill. Forward Mitchell Marner led Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:12) but missed 11 games with an ankle injury. Defenseman Zach Bogosian, who signed a one-year contract Oct. 10, averaged 2:08 of shorthanded ice time for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres last season. Defenseman TJ Brodie, who signed a four-year contract Oct. 9, averaged 1:39 of shorthanded ice time for the Calgary Flames last season. Each could help improve the penalty kill.
2. Frederik Andersen‘s save percentage
Andersen’s .909 save percentage last season was tied for 31st in the NHL among 57 goalies who played at least 20 games. Among that same group, his .858 power-play save percentage was tied for 36th and his .917 even-strength save percentage was tied for 33rd, a big reason Toronto’s 5-on-5 save percentage (.912) was tied for 25th in the NHL. Jack Campbell, who is expected to back up Andersen, had a .915 save percentage in six starts for the Maple Leafs last season and could take some pressure off their No. 1 goalie.
3. Shot attempts percentage
Toronto ranked sixth in the NHL with a shot attempts percentage of 52.0 percent last season and carried that into the postseason (52.9 percent; tied for seventh). The Maple Leafs out-attempted their opponents 3,466-3,196 for a plus-270 SAT differential to rank fifth during the regular season. Forward Auston Matthews led Toronto (plus-189), and forward William Nylander was second (plus-180). Tyson Barrie, who signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 10, was third on the Maple Leafs at plus-165, tied for 16th among NHL defensemen. Toronto hopes the addition of Brodie, who was plus-97 for the Flames last season, could help offset the loss of Barrie in terms of puck possession.