Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts From a Victory in Oil Country

Well, the road trip is over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a stretch of 11 out of 13 games on the road. With 7 wins, they are now 7-4 under Sheldon Keefe. So, it was okay. Ideally, the Leafs needed to come away with 10 wins to make up ground, but anything less than .500 in this stretch would’ve been disastrous. On Saturday night, they finished strong in Edmonton against the NHL’s very best weapons.
Here are my five thoughts:
1) Shutting Down McDrai
Coming into the game, there was no doubt the Leafs had to shut down the Oilers top line to have any chance of winning. Mission accomplished, as the Leafs kept McDavid and Draisaitl to 27.74% and 24.15% xG, respectively.
Considering what those two have done to the NHL this year, keeping them at bay when they got favourable matchups was a huge positive. Now, McDavid did have a chance in the first period that would’ve been played on loop for the rest of the year, had he converted. Andersen stood tall, and from then on, it was a relatively quiet night from the Oilers’ dynamic duo.
Sheldon Keefe did a great job of making sure that Muzzin …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation