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Toronto Maple Leafs at the Quarter Mark

Here we are. 20 games into the Leafs season.

Heading into the season, the Leafs were a team that no one really knew what they would do. Even with getting to the playoffs last season, changes were made in the off-season that posed questions as to what kind of team the Leafs were.

Well, 20 games in, that question still remains  to some extent. While their record is a impressive 12-7-1, there are parts of the Leafs game that have been troubling to Leafs management and fans alike.

Turnovers and being out-shot in most games have been the biggest problems for the Leafs. Injuries have also reared their ugly head as the Leafs have been forced to use a lot of players that normally would be playing with the Toronto Marlies.

All these problems have caused the Leafs to shuffle lines constantly. Even though Randy Carlyle likes to shuffle his lines a lot during games, it has happened even more this season.

All this and somehow the Leafs have fought their way to a winning record. They have gotten timely scoring when they have needed it. Their top players have, with the exception of a few slumps, been their top players.  Their defense may not be putting many goals up this season, but they are contributing.

Above all else, the Leafs have been getting great goaltending from Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer. The 1A and 1B tandem has worked out better than expected. While there have been a few hiccups, the two have given the Leafs a chance to win nearly every game.

While the Leafs have experienced a bit of a slump themselves in the month of November, the hot start in October has enabled them to stay above .500 by more that few games. If the Leafs can get back on a hot streak, they could improve their fortunes even more.

With three quarters of the season remaining, the Leafs have at least put themselves in a good position for them with a successful first quarter.

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