When Leaf fans hear Leafs vs. Bruins, they’re likely to think, “Ahh great, the big bad Bruins!” Yes, they have owned the Leafs over the past few years, but when you look at this team you realize the Leafs have talent from top to bottom. Sure, our defence isn’t the best in league, but Dion Phaneuf with Carl Gunnarsson is a solid pairing followed by everyone’s favourite duo, Mark Fraser and Cody Franson. Then you can look at all four lines up front, and well, it’s the best the Leafs have had in years. And then you can’t ignore that James Reimer has been reliable game to game, and you know he is there to make that game stopper of a save.
But enough about how good the Leafs can be, let’s talk about how this matchup is actually a blessing. First off, everyone was hoping for an all-Canadian matchup with the Leafs and Habs. I was as well, but the Bruins might actually work to the Leafs’ advantage. Since we are facing the Bruins first round, we get a team that has come into the playoffs stumbling. They lost the last game of the year to the Sens and had trouble finding their groove.
So if I were Toronto, I would be looking to face Boston in the first round instead of the second. I’m not trying to get ahead of myself, but it’s better to face a strong team in the first round that has yet to find a groove, like the Canucks last year against the eighth place Kings. Also, if and when the Leafs finish off the Bruins, they could potentially face Montreal, which wouldn’t be the worst matchup.
So overall, I’m saying the Leafs can handle the Bruins. They are both on even ground and Bruins haven’t nit their stride. If they had, they’d be up more than four points on the Leafs.
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Thanks for reading and we’ll be back after game one.
And let’s have some fun with this because it’s been nine years!