This will be another week in which the Maple Leafs play back to back nights. They kick things off when the Hurricanes come to town on Tuesday and then visit Buffalo on Friday before hosting the Canucks on Saturday. The Maple Leafs should be well rested for that back to back game as they get two days in between the Hurricanes and Sabers.
The Hurricanes have not been quick to start this year and the Maple Leafs need to jump on them right out of the gate and avenge a loss that occurred earlier in the year. Then, when they visit Buffalo, it will be a big divisional battle as they are only separated by one point in the standings going into this week. When the Canucks arrive in Vancouver, the Maple Leafs will need to be on their toes as they have the scoring prowess of the Sedin twins and company. And with Roberto Luongo starting to get his game back (4-0-0, 1.44, .940 in last 4 games played), the Leafs will need to capitalize on every chance.
Last week I said the Leafs could get 4 points and they ended up with three. This week won’t be pretty but if they could find a way to beat at least one of these teams it and force an OT with another, they will find themselves still in the running. Look for them to add three points by week’s end.