Last year, Toronto was fifth in the league with an average of 32.6 shots per game. This year they have dropped to 25th with an average of 28.8.
However, that stat is as misleading as the notion that one size fits all.
Case in point, the Leafs connected on a measly 7.86 percent of their shots last year. Only the Boston Bruins were worse at 7.5 percent.
Contrast that to this year, where the Leafs score at a 9.0 percent clip, and you can see just how meaningless the shots per game stat really is. With a projected 2364 shots taken for the year, that translates into 35 more goals scored.
Opposing teams are also having a harder time finding the net against the Leafs this year as well.
Last year, the opposition scored on 10.8 percent of their shots against Toronto goaltending, while this year that stat has dropped 1.1 percent to 9.7. With 2522 shots expected against the Leafs this year, that equates to 27.7 less goals against over the course of the season.
Combining the improvements in both shooting percentage and shots against percentage, the Leafs are only behind the Bruins as the most improved shooting percentage team in the league.
That must count as a major positive for the Leafs.