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Maple Leafs Week in Preview: Week 5

Just when you think the Toronto Maple Leafs are out of it after a bad game, they come back with a performance like last night and beat one of the best teams in the league.

The Leafs are proving to be one of the league’s most confusing teams. In one game they’ll look like the best team in the league, the next, they’ll look like the worst, and the one after that, they’ll look somewhere in the middle.

Their strange and perplexing play has led the Leafs to an 8-4 record, good for first in the Eastern Conference.

Once again, the Leafs play three games this week. However, this time, they are all on the road. So far, the Leafs are 3-2 away from the Air Canada Centre. This week could either make that record even better or much worse. Two out of three teams have less points than the Leafs so they need to take advantage of that.

October 29 – @ Edmonton

This will be the second and final time the Leafs play the young Oilers squad this season. The last game was a wild, 6-5 overtime victory in which Dave Bolland was the hero.

If the Leafs don’t want to have another game like that, they’ll need to contain the Oilers’ Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and whichever goalie starts will need to be on their A-game.

October 30 – @ Calgary

So far this season, the Calgary Flames have overachieved to say the least. No one was expecting them to be at 12 points at this point. With that being said, the Leafs are clearly the better team and should come away with a win.

November 2 – @ Vancouver

Now this is the tough one. The Leafs will be going up against the Sedin twins and their goalie, Roberto Luongo, who is staking his claim to Team Canada’s crease. This will be an important game for the Leafs.

Even if they lose, as long as they stay in the game and put up a fight while keeping it close, that will be good for the Leafs in the long run. Although, the Leafs did just beat Pittsburgh, so anything is possible.

This western road trip could define the first quarter of the Leafs’ season. They could either stake their claim in the Eastern Conference as once of its top teams, or they could fall back considerably by losing all three games.

However, if the trend continues, the Leafs will continue to be a confusing team that somehow wins games they have no business winning.

They need to change that. They have to make sure they deserve every win they get.

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