The Toronto Maple Leafs have not been perfect since the trade deadline, but they have been close to perfect.
Some fans are quick to point out the losses to Montreal and Buffalo. Others point out the overtime loss to Florida, where the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 5-1 lead.
It is no secret that both the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens are near the bottom of the NHL standings. That doesn’t mean that a game against them will be an automatic win. Any team can win on any given night. It is why they play the games.
It does suck to lose to those teams, but it shouldn’t make fans question the Leafs talent. Losses happen, but the team and the fans should forget about the loss and focus on winning the next one.
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That works out to the Maple Leafs collecting 17 of a possible 22 points. That is good enough to have Toronto sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division with 100 points. Toronto is still on pace to break their franchise record of 105 points. To do so, they will need to win just three more games.
With the way this team is playing right now, and with their talent level, reaching 106 points and beyond will be a reality. It is not a matter of if they will do it, but when will they do it? The team’s remaining nine games will have an impact on the Atlantic Division standings.
Can Toronto remain in second place and have home-ice advantage going into the playoffs? We will know for sure soon enough. The Toronto Maple Leafs play the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Boston Bruins one more time each. All four of these teams are battling for position within the division.
I am a firm believer in this team and what they can do. I would not be surprised if Toronto wins most of their remaining games. The team is too good and will finish the season in second place within the Atlantic Division. I am going to predict a record of 6-2-1 in their final nine games and see them finish the season with 113 points.