The Toronto Maple Leafs were due for a test of their skill and here it is. The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup Champions and will surely put up more than a fight for a Leafs team that has yet to iron out its mistakes.
The biggest storyline of the game is the return to Chicago for Leafs centre Dave Bolland. In June, he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal wearing a Blackhawks uniform. A week later, he was a Maple Leaf. Bolland will surely be motivated to play well in the city where he won two Stanley Cups.
While they are the defending champs, the Blackhawks haven’t got off to the greatest start with a 4-1-2 record to place them third in the Central Division. Joel Quenneville has even separated Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. That might work in their favour as now they have two dangerous lines with them separated.
Starting Lineups (from the Toronto Sun)
Keys To Victory
Leafs: Offense, Offense, Offense
The Blackhawks last six games have only been decided by one goal. If the Leafs can solve Corey Crawford and have an offensive outburst, the should be able to win. Phil Kessel breaking out of his goalless streak would be nice.
Often hid behind their great forward corps, the Blackhawks defense is one of the best in the NHL. When they’re on their game, they can be unbeatable.
You can watch the game on CBC in Canada, WGN and the NHL Network in the U.S. You can listen to the game on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. You can also find Leafs vs. Blackhawks tickets here if you’re looking to catch the game in Chicago.