In what has been a nice surprise, the duo of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens in the blue paint has actually been Toronto's most consistent position, with both netminders having strong starts to the season.
That would lead some to believe that this team may be ready to make the plunge and play in their first postseason since the installation of the salary cap following the last NHL lockout.
At this point, I'd agree with the optimistic portion of Leafs Nation.
This Toronto Maple Leafs squad may seem like a very similar club on paper to the team that imploded just a season ago, but there are differences between the two teams.
Here are five reasons the Toronto Maple Leafs are playoff-bound in 2013.