In Thursday’s edition of Daily face-to-face liveco-hosts Frank Seravalli and Tyler Yaremchuk welcomed former Toronto Maple Leafs analyst Cam Charron to the show for a chat about the Leafs’ goaltenders and whether they can catch the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
The Maple Leafs and Bruins are clearly the two best teams in the Atlantic to start the year, although Boston (with an otherworldly record of 21-3-1 in 25 games) seems to be on another level. than the rest of the league.
Toronto is five points behind Boston with two more games played. After heaping praise on the Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov tandem, Charron answered Seravalli’s question about the Maple Leafs’ chances of usurping the Bruins at the top of the Atlantic.
RAdm Charron: It’s a very difficult task, just look at their five-on-five goalscoring percentage, which is probably the best indicator at this stage of the season of how things will go down the road. Boston has an absolutely elite penalty kick right now, and it’s been them and New Jersey all season pushing above 65% in field goal percentage for, and then you see a big drop for the Leafs, who are actually third now. They had a very slow start offensively but they seem to have picked it up.
For the Bruins, though, what got me interested in looking at this team is that they used to be a one-line team, they had that ‘line of perfection’ – Pastrnak, Bergeron, Marchand – for so long. , for so many years, and they’ve really struggled without those guys on the ice. And they kind of walked away from that, they traded for Taylor Hall and then re-signed him at the deadline a couple of years ago, and that kind of gave them not only a good second line, but also pushed good players on their third line, a well, so their last six succeed a lot more than before.
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