After the horror show on Sunday night, the Maple Leafs returned home with a 7-4 victory over the Devils. Auston Matthews recorded his 2nd career hat-trick in the win, while Marner extended his point streak to 8 games.

Good Old Home Cooking

Auston Matthews loves playing in Toronto. Matthews leads the league with goals on home ice, as he has 27 goals in 23 games this season. He also sits second in the league with 34 goals only two behind Boston’s Pastrnak. With all the injuries on the back end, the Maple Leafs will need more of this from Matthews as they continue to make a push for the playoffs.

Matthews wasn’t the only player to have a spark as Tavares opened the scoring and added two assists. Hyman continued his good form also with a three point night of his own, while Nylander who was a -4 on Sunday had himself a two point night.

Steady Freddie 

Frederik Andersen recorded his 22nd win of the season, moving him into a tie for first in the league. After being pulled twice in his last three games, Andersen was able to put in a solid performance, making 25 saves in the win.

Even with a sloppy second half of the third period, Andersen was able to hold down the fort for the Leafs. With the long list of injures adding up, the Leafs are going to need Andersen at the top of his game if they are going to whether this storm.

Sandin Stepping Up 

With the injury to Reilly, Rasmus Sandin made his long awaited return to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. After a successful stint with Sweden at the World Juniors, Sandin returned to the NHL with a two assist night. The 19-year-old played six games earlier in the year under Babcock but was sent down after the former coach felt he was not ready to compete in the big leagues.

Sandin, much like most of the lineup at one point or another played under Keefe with the Marlies. This familiarity between Keefe and the call-ups has been key during this injury riddled season. Keefe has been able to bring out the best of his youngsters and unlike when Babcock was at the helm, he plays to their strengths to allow them to feel more comfortable.

Even though the Devils sit near the bottom of the league, this was a much needed win for Toronto. The Leafs will now get ready for a real test on Thursday night as they host the red-hot Flames.