No team in the league was happier to get a week off than the Maple Leafs. Sporting a 1-7-0 record under new Head Coach Peter Horachek, the Leafs sputtered into the All Star break looking like a team that has completely forgotten how to win.
January has been a disaster as far as actual results are concerned. Now 10 points removed from the last Wild Card spot in the Easter Conference, the Maple Leafs would need to go on a serious winning streak to even get back in the playoff conversation. This week, the Leafs face off against 3 opponents that are below them in the standings; the Devils, Coyotes and Flyers.
The team (and many fans) will look at this as an opportunity to get back in the win column and see if the boys can get on a roll again. Tank Nation will see this as an opportunity to surrender value points to teams on our heels, and increase our McDavid odds by a few percentage points. With the Leafs this far out of contention, it’s hard not to find yourself in the latter group.