Daniel Winnik wants to shoulder the blame for the Leafs’ penalty kill issues
Daniel Winnik's teammates and Toronto columnists have frequently singled the 30-year-old veteran out as a positive influence on the team this season, but it appears Winnik does not think quite as highly of himself.
The winger told TSN he blames himself for the team's struggles on the penalty kill so far this season. Toronto has the sixth-worst penalty kill in the league with a 75 percent kill rate.
“I think a good chunk of it rests on me personally,” Winnik said to TSN. “I've just been on for way too many penalty kill goals this year. It's probably honestly almost the total I had all of last year that I've been on for at this point in the season.”
Winnik is exaggerating a bit on those numbers. He has been on the ice for six of the seven power-play goals against this season, and he was on the ice for 22 power-play goals against in 77 games between Toronto and Pittsburgh last season.
Still, the forward is looking to find a way to regain last season's form as a penalty killer. He told TSN he wants to rely on his instincts more in an attempt not to overthink the penalty kill.