Usually in my daily polls, I like to stay away from ‘Will The Toronto Maple Leafs Win Tonight?” questions, as I like to ask at least a little more hard-hitting question. Tonight however, the Leafs have a special circumstance.
The Leafs’ start to the regular season made them the best team in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. Then the calendar turned to November and things changed. The Leafs were struggling mightily and could not seem to sting together even a couple of wins. The trend continued in December and the Leafs eventually fell out of the playoff picture.
January has seen a slight change to the Leafs play and all of a sudden the Leafs are winning again. With their win last night against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Leafs winning-streak currently stands at five. It is the first time since 2007 that the Leafs have accomplished that feat.
The Leafs have now climbed back into the first wild card spot and are now only two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for third place in the Atlantic. As the Habs are not playing tonight, they control whether they tie them tonight or not.
Those top three spots in a division are so valued because if you’re in one of them, you don’t have to worry about the other division’s teams catching up with you. You only have to worry about your own division.
If the Leafs can keep up this hot streak, they will eventually take over that third spot. Who knows, maybe they can get into the second and then the first spot again?