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Summary for those without the Athletic subscription.

Matthews is the best. 
Kerfoot is facing the best.
Tavares is also the best but is facing people who are less the best.

I don't look at this as protecting John Tavares, as the writer would have you believe.
I think they're allowing the other teams to decide whether they want to match up against Matthews/Marner or Tavares/Nylander. Right now, I think teams are choosing that M&M is more of a risk so they're trying to defend against them, which is allowing Tavares to have an easier matchup. If they suddenly flipped to guarding Tavares with the more defensive groups, I don't think the Leafs would change much. They'd simply allow Matthews to face the easier competition. The leafs strength is they have 4 extremely talented forwards that they can split up onto two equal lines and give teams fits from either of those lines. They're forcing the other team to make the decision who's more dangerous. I'd agree that it's probably Matthews. I'm also ok that it's opening up Tavares(and Nylander).

Like herman says, it's leveraging the build of the line up.

Absolutely, and it was mentioned in the GDT but I don't remember both lines firing on all cylinders like this in the past. It always felt like one line would get really hot and then the other would quiet down (still putting up points but not as dominant).  Right now those two lines are just controlling the game.  Tavares looks genuinely faster this year too.

^ This is the point.  It's not like the Leafs suddenly stumbled on the option of forcing the opponents to pick their poison.  This is one of the rare times when Marner and Tavares are beasting it up on separate lines.

Now, if Nylander can consistently bring it as in G1, then you have something there.

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Game #1: MTL v TOR:  Leafs 5-4 OT.  MotM: Nylander 19/0 (unanimous).  HM: Tavares: 0/9.  Others: Marner 0/1, Rielly 0/7, Matthews 0/1.
Game #2: TOR v OTT: sens 5-3.  MotM: Tavares 4/4.  HM: Hyman: 4/3. Others: Kerfoot 2/2, Muzzin 0/1.
Game #3: TOR v OTT: Leafs 3-2.  MotM:  Marner 13/4.  HM: Brodie 4/10.  Others: Matthews 0/3.
Game #4: WPG v TOR: Leafs 3-1.  MotM: Marner 7/1.  HM: Andersen 3/5.  Others: Holl 0/2, Tavares 2/1, Matthews 0/1, Brodie 0/1, Hyman 0/1.
Game #5: EDM v TOR
Game #6: EDM v TOR
Game #7: TOR v CGY
Game #8: TOR v CGY
Game #9: TOR v EDM
Game #10: TOR v EDM
Game #11: TOR v VAN
Game #12: TOR v VAN
Game #13: TOR v VAN
Game #14: MTL v TOR

   
   MotM/Win      MotM/Loss      HonMen      Accolades      Times Voted      Points   
Forwards
94 Alex Barabanov   0      0      0      0      0      0   
72 Travis Boyd   0      0      0      0      0      0   
77 Adam Brooks   0      0      0      0      0      0   
11 Zach Hyman   0      0      1      1      2      1   
15 Alexander Kerfoot   0      0      0      0      1      0   
16 Mitch Marner   2      0      0      2      3      6   
34 Auston Matthews   0      0      0      0      3      0   
65 Ilya Mikheyev   0      0      0      0      0      0   
88 William Nylander   1      0      0      1      1      3   
89 Nicholas Robertson   0      0      0      0      0      0   
24 Wayne Simmonds   0      0      0      0      0      0   
19 Jason Spezza   0      0      0      0      0      0   
91 John Tavares   0      1      1      2      3      3   
97 Joe Thornton   0      0      0      0      0      0   
26 Jimmy Vesey   0      0      0      0      0      0   
 
Defensemen
22 Zach Begosian   0      0      0      0      0      0   
78 T.J. Brodie   0      0      1      0      2      2   
23 Travis Dermott   0      0      0      0      0      0   
3 Justin Holl   0      0      0      0      1      0   
46 Mikko Lehtonen   0      0      0      0      0      0   
8 Jake Muzzin   0      0      0      0      1      0   
44 Morgan Rielly   0      0      0      0      1      0   
38 Rasmus Sandin   0      0      0      0      0      0   
 
Goalkeepers
31 Frederik Andersen   0      0      1      1      1      0.5   
36 Jack Campbell   0      0      0      0      0      0.0   
29 Aaron Dell   0      0      0      0      0      0.0   
                                                         

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How can I both hate and love you at the same time?

Quantum superpositioning?

It was rhetorical. Obviously, it's through quantum superpositioning. EVERYone knows that.

I think I just heard a meow and a not-meow at the same spacetime.

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I hate leaving Andersen out of the accolades but I gotta call out one of the D.

MotM: Marner
HM: Holl

Very nicely dones to Andersen, Bogo, Hyman, Tavares, Matthews, Mikeheyev, Brodie, and probably some others.

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That was a an all-around good team game.

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great play by brodie blocking the cross crease pass

The D was the star tonight, starting from Fred on out.

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DAGGER

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I love Justin Holl and his giant butt

He learned that from Joe.

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OK, Mo's reaction there was priceless.

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Did someone caffeinate Hyman's water bottle?

Not necessary.  His bone marrow produces it.

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Hyman with another good presence.

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Tavares, Marner have been terrific again tonight.

Liking the defensive play these last two games much better.

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Full marks to Bogo and Co. there to stave that off.

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Whoa, that was a nice play for WPG.

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Great play by Matthews. Marner scores.

Yeah, that was great.  Hyman right there jamming things up too.

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