The Toronto Maple Leafs six-game win streak ended abruptly last night with a blowout loss to the Dallas Stars.
However, before that win streak started, a lot of people I knew were saying that once Dave Bolland makes his return from injury, the Leafs will be all better. Now, the streak proved that they don’t need him to be successful, but he is definitely a valued piece of the Leafs lineup that they miss.
The Leafs were very successful in the month of October with Bolland in the lineup. Bolland had 10 points in 14 October games, including two game-winning goals. That was continuing the recent tradition of him being a clutch player after he scored the goal that won the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup this year.
Bolland was injured during the November 2 game against the Vancouver Canucks and has been out ever since. You will notice that it was in the month of November that the Leafs started their slide.
Now, I’m not saying when Bolland returns that the Leafs will mystically return to the play that made them successful in October, but his return will definitely help. He is the type of player that is a leader in the locker room and on the ice. He would make sure if the Leafs started to slide, that it wouldn’t be a long one.
His history of being on a successful team like the Blackhawks is valuable on any team, especially a young team like the Leafs.
I’m not saying he’s going to make all the difference, but he could come pretty darn close.