Amidst a Sea of Negativity, John Tavares is Quietly Finding his Groove

The last two weeks in Maple Leaf Land have, to put things lightly, been fairly strenuous for the team and fans alike. Following one of the strongest three-game stretches of the Big Four era against the Edmonton Oilers, the Maple Leafs were set to turn over their calendars by wrapping up their road trip against the struggling Vancouver Canucks. Following a pair against them, the Maple Leafs would then head back to Ontario for a three-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets and, finally, a road game against the Ottawa Senators. During a stretch that many expected to further cement the Maple Leafs spot atop the North Division, the club sputtered badly. Tired legs, unstable goaltending, and an inability to convert scoring chances into goals defined the Maple Leafs’ most recent slump. Now, having captured just 2 of their last possible 12 points, the team is starting a long break away from the ice, with just two games between today and March 25th on the docket. Things are getting somewhat messy, and the good luck, which was seemingly raining like mana from the heavens mere days ago, has completely dried up.
Over the bumpy stretch, some players have seen their numbers dip, most …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

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