Coach Sheldon Keefe says the Toronto Maple Leafs' top line of Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting are hard for opponents to handle.
The Leafs, 8/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, had eight points (four goals, four assists) from the trio in a 7-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday to record a fifth win in a row.
Marner, 24, scored two goals and two assists to extend his personal goal-scoring streak to seven games. In 33 games, the winger has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) for 37 points.
Matthews, also 24, leads the Leafs with 51 points (29 goals and 22 assists). He ranks joint-fourth in the NHL for goals, four behind leader Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers.
The centreman won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league's top-scorer last season.
Bunting, 26, signed a two-year contract with the Leafs in the off-season from the Arizona Coyotes and has enjoyed a career season playing 42 games with 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists).
The form of the three has helped the Leafs to third place in the Atlantic Division (29-10-3) with games in hand over Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers ahead of them. Their points-percentage of .726 ranks second.
Keefe, who signed a two-year contract extension with Toronto in September 2021 said about the line: "Bunting, Matthews and Marner are very much on the same page.
"They're moving well with and without the puck to find each other. Take all those things, and combine it with the elite skill they have, they're a hard group to handle."