The Toronto Maple Leafs have been amongst the NHL’s hottest teams since the turn of the calendar and one major reason for that is the collective success of the line featuring Nazem Kadri, Patrick Marleau and Mitchell Marner. The Maple Leafs are third in the Atlantic behind Tampa Bay and Boston and, although it will be an uphill climb, a division title is within reach with 16 games remaining in the regular season. “We feel confident,” Kadri told Hockey Central at Noon Friday. “There’s lots of belief in this team. … We’re hoping to get a couple bounces in the next month but really our fate is in our own hands and that’s what we want.” After going through a 20-game stretch from early December to mid January during which he registered just one goal and one assist, Kadri has tallied nine goals and 19 points in the past 17 games. He has Marner and Marleau to thank for many of those points. Marner is playing perhaps the best hockey of his career with Kadri as his centre and the sophomore winger has 11 goals and 21 points in his past 17 contests.
Maple Leafs’ Kadri on why he clicks with Marner, Marleau
Sportsnet | Mar 2