After nine long years of waiting, the NHL Playoffs have made their return to the Air Canada Center, and the entire city of Toronto is buzzing.
Talk shows are discussing who the Leafs would prefer to play. The Boston Bruins offer a tough, gritty opponent who has pretty much owned the Leafs souls for the better part of a half decade. The Montreal Canadiens are the sentimental favorite to play the Leafs and likely offer the Leafs the best chance to advance in the playoffs.
Other than them, the Washington Capitals offer the Leafs the best matchup going forward. Alex Ovechkin has been unstoppable lately, but in a seven game series, their deficiencies in goal and on the back end defending could come to the forefront. However, Ovechkin could likely carry the Capitals past the Leafs despite those downfalls in the Capitals attack.
Here are five expectations I am setting for the Leafs for this playoff season. I'm setting them rather low because I'd rather not expect too much and get disappointed.