The Leafs need to get more offensive upside with Olli Juolevi and Tyler Bozak on the ice
By By TOM HARRIS Sports editorDecember 13, 2016 3:09PM ESTA little bit of optimism is good for the Leafs this week, as the team has the opportunity to get even more out of one of the top young wingers on the market.
The 21-year-old centre was a late scratch on Friday night against the Panthers, but Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said in a press conference on Monday that the winger would be back in the lineup this week.
“He’s going to play tonight and will be back tomorrow.
He’ll be skating on Friday,” Lamoriella said.
“So that means he’s coming back tomorrow for the first game.”
The Leafs had hoped that he’d be back, but the winger didn’t play and instead sat out the entire third period of the loss to Carolina.
It was his third straight game missing time due to injury, and the team was concerned that he could miss another two games with a shoulder injury.
The team also had a little bit more optimism heading into this weekend.
The team has scored at least six goals in five of the past six games and had nine shots on goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
The Leafs were looking for at least one more goal against Carolina, but their luck turned when they got a big break in the third period.
They scored twice off a power play opportunity that was tied 3-3 and they scored on their second power play of the night.
The two power play goals were just the latest signs of the Leafs’ improved play, which has been largely a result of their strong possession play.
The Leafs were 11-4 when they had a high-danger shot, which led to 10 goals, the most in the NHL.