Mid to Late October
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be off on October 17th and 18th, with one of those days being a travel day.
On October 19th, the Leafs will begin a five-game road trip, with their first stop being in Sunrise, Florida, to play the Florida Panthers.
The Leafs will be looking for payback against the team that eliminated them from the 2nd round of the 2023 NHL playoffs.
Next up on the road trip will be the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be the first meeting between these two teams since the Leafs eliminated the Lightning in the 1st round of last season’s playoffs.
After another two-day break, the Leafs will play Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on October 24th.
Former Leafs assistant coach Spencer Carbery is now the Capitals head coach. It will be interesting to see how he lines his team up against a team he knows very well.
On October 26th, the Leafs will play the Dallas Stars.
If Nick Robertson makes it onto the Leafs to start the season, he’ll get to play against his brother Jason Robertson. Nick and the Leafs won the first brotherly battle. We’ll see if they can do it again.
The Leafs will play the Nashville Predators next on October 28th. It will be the Leafs first game against Ryan O’Reilly since he left in free agency.
Leafs GM Treliving tried to re-sign O’Reilly, but it didn’t work out. Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie is with the Predators, too.
The Leafs will fly home on October 29th and host the Los Angeles Kings on October 31st. Hopefully, playing on Halloween will be scarier for the Kings than the Leafs.
Phillip Danault and Pierre-Luc Dubois have both been a thorn in the Leafs side through the years. The Leafs will need to find a way to contain them.
That concludes the month of October for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They play nine games, four at home and five on the road. I am predicting the Leafs to finish the month with a 6-2-1 record.