The Toronto Maple Leafs finally have fans back in the building. Hooray!
The fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs have a 17-4-1 home record and haven’t had fans for two months is incredible. With fans back in the building, they’re only going to improve in their home arena.
Regardless of how professional you are, playing in front of nobody is tough.
The energy that you possess from a “Go Leafs Go” chant in the third period cannot be replicated through the in-arena sound system. Having fans in the building is crucial and it’s the main reason why they call it a “home-ice advantage.”
Over the past two months, Toronto has been missing that “advantage.” Sure, they get to sleep in their own beds and play in a rink they’re more familiar with, but they don’t have their fans supporting them.
Now that the fans are back in the building, it should make this team even better.
Toronto Maple Leafs Fans Are Back, Finally!
Watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play at home over the past few months has been awful. If you’ve enjoyed as much as when there were fans in the building, good for you, but that’s not how I’ve felt.
It feels like you’re watching a meaningless game when there’s nobody in the building. The fans make the experience 1000 times better so it’s great to finally see things getting back to normal.
It may only be 50 percent to start, but that’s better than zero.
Now that fans are back, expect the Leafs to play with more energy and be even better down the stretch. As much as we’ve missed going to games, they’ve missed playing in front of their friends and families just as much.
Jack Campbell hasn’t look himself in the New Year, so the addition of fans be great for him. Feeding off those “Soup” chants early in the season helped him become a Vezina Trophy candidate and NHL All-Star, but since they’ve gone away, he’s been below average.
For someone like Campbell, the fans coming back couldn’t have happened at a better time and the momentum of them should hopefully help Toronto move past Tampa Bay and Florida and take over the top position in the Atlantic Division.