The halfway point of the Toronto Maple leafs' schedule is in the rear view and it doesn't get any easier for the team that currently sits tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Leafs played everyone in the conference at least once and every game is important in this year's sprint to make the playoffs.
All expectations aside, reality and the present say that a playoff spot is there for the Leafs to lose with many teams expected to make the dance. If the Leafs prefer to look up and strive for bigger things, they have to make some statements against teams who have so far had their number.
Here are six of the most important games on the remainder of the Leafs' schedule.