The Maple Leafs had a solid performance in Nashville, winning 5-2. This was their first game after the All-Star break. Nine players recorded a point in the win. This marked the seventh straight road game where the Leafs scored 4 or more goals.

Nylander Continues To Shine 

Nylander scored and recorded an assist in Nashville to continue his great run. He has now scored 12 goals in his last 15 games while also recording 22 points during that span. The goal tonight was his 23rd of the season, which set a new career high for Nylander.

 

It’s crazy the difference a year can make. Last year Nylander struggled to find his form, only scoring 7 goals all year. This year however, Nylander is on fire. 23 goals in 50 games has him among the top 15 scorers in the league. His confidence is through the roof at the moment and its perfect timing for the Leafs.

Muzzin Returns 

The Maple Leafs got a huge boost to their defense on Monday night, as Muzzin returned to the lineup. Muzzin lead all defensemen in ice-time after recording 22:38 against Nashville. This is very impressive considering he hasn’t played in a month. He did however play one game with the Marlies last week to shake off some rust. This turned out to be a great idea.

There is no doubt that when Muzzin is in the lineup, the defense looks solid. He may not rack up crazy amounts of points but his play on the backend is phenomenal. No matter who he is lined up with, he is able to hold the fort down so well. Nashville did have their chances tonight but the Leafs were able to keep them to the sides. Leaving the Predators with not many clear and dangerous chances.

Both Muzzin and Barrie are free agents come the end of the season. There is a rumor that possibly one of them may not return. I would resign Muzzin. Barrie is is great offensively but sadly he can’t measure up to Muzzin on the defensive side.

Time To Move on From Dermott

Rasmus Sandin finished as the game’s third star with a two point performance. Sandin setup Nylander with an amazing pass to send him on a break away for the opening goal seen above. He also recorded his first NHL goal in the second period. Sandin now has six points in 10 games this season.

Dermott is a restricted free agent come the end of the season but I feel Dubas should look to move him at the deadline. He has a dismal eight points in 36 games this season. On the defensive side he looks lazy too. Dermott never seems to be in the right spot. He is always chasing the play and Holl and Sandin show a lot more drive. This next month will be huge for Dermott. How he plays may determine if he will be a Maple Leaf next season.

The Maple Leafs will return to action on Wednesday night as they head to Dallas.