The Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Leafs their second loss in the month of November, and thankfully for Leafs Nation, we won’t have much time to get mad at it, as the Leafs get right back into action again tonight. It’s not going to be an easy one though, as they’ll be flying in to visit the Islanders for the first time in two years.
The Leafs have had their fair share of struggles against the Islanders since taking John Tavares from them, and it’s been well documented how hectic the Islanders home rink can be, especially against the Leafs. It’ll certainly be a challenge for the team on the second half of a back to back, but the Islanders aren’t currently playing like the Islanders we’ve gotten to known these past few years.
Now, it can’t all be blamed on the team itself, as the Islanders had a brutal schedule to start the season, playing all of their first 13 games on the road as construction finished up for their home arena. But the Islanders, usually known as a defensive juggernaut, have come up with middling results so far, sitting 18th in 5v5 …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation