Maple Leafs enter toughest stretch of the season needing to prove they can beat contenders

Despite what the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rather poor record to start the season may suggest, the team has yet to face much objectively tough competition. Other than the Carolina Hurricanes, every team the Maple Leafs have played thus far either finds themselves sitting at the bottom of the standings, or has begun the year as a pleasant surprise overachieving against preseason expectations. That all changes this week starting tonight with a matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights followed up by games against Tampa Bay and Boston later in the week. These three teams have been some of the NHL’s best over the past few seasons, and despite some slow starts of their own for Tampa and Vegas, both are currently sitting on three game winning streaks to surge back into the conversation of the NHL’s elite.
If the Toronto Maple Leafs want to be respected as members of the NHL’s elite, and be seen as true Stanley Cup Contenders they’ll need to snatch at least two wins from the three games against these formidable opponents. Vegas is due up first in tonight’s game, and with two matchups against divisional rivals on the horizon, it’s …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

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