With a maximum of four points earned in the past two games, the Toronto Maple Leafs currently are tied for the lead in the Northeast Division, a division that they have only won once since it was created in the 1998-1999 season.
The Leafs are in tough this year, especially with the suddenly free-spending Buffalo Sabres ready to prove themselves and the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins fortifying their reputations as perennial playoff contenders. History has also taught us that the Montreal Canadiens should never be discounted either.
They also have that whole “no playoffs since the lockout” streak going on as well.
However, the goal for the Leafs should be to think big and win their division, no matter how realistic that chance might be.
Here are five things that could make that happen.