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The Leafs keep getting outshot…and keep winning


The Toronto Maple Leafs are showing the NHL what goaltending, special teams, and sharp-shooting can do for a team.

Last night in Edmonton, the Leafs were outshot for the 10th straight game. In 13 games total this season, they’ve been outshot 11 times.

The Leafs are also 9-4-0, first place in the Eastern Conference. They beat the Oilers, 4-0, last night despite a 43-26 disparity in shots.

Generally, a team that gets outshot on a regular basis, particularly when the score is close, loses more than it wins. For current examples of that, see the Sabres, Flyers, Capitals, Jets and Oilers.

So how are the Leafs doing it?

— Goaltending. James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier have combined for a team save percentage of .935, tied for fourth in the NHL. (Colorado leads at .955.)

— Special teams. A 2nd-ranked power play (26.1%) and 4th-ranked penalty kill (85.4%).

— Sharp-shooting. Led by sniper Phil Kessel, no team has scored on a higher percentage of its shots (12.4%) than the Leafs. (For more on that, read this.)

The question going forward is, can Toronto keep winning the same way? Or, as the stats guys put it, is what the Leafs are doing sustainable?

We don’t pretend to have that answer for you, so you’ll just have to watch. Toronto is in Calgary tonight and Vancouver Saturday.

Related: Lightning coach can’t believe the Wild lost to the Leafs either

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?