Maple Leafs Pre-Game #1: 5 Things to Watch in Tonight’s Home Opener

No more RFA talk. No more trade rumours. No more intermission shows geared specifically towards eliciting outrage from its viewers. No more nonsense.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are back tonight, mere hours out from puck drop on an actual hockey played for actual points in front of a sold-out crowd. It doesn’t get better than this.
So, before the most anticipated home opener in recent memory gets started, let’s go through 5 things to watch for.
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Jesus Christ. 
1) No Jason Spezza
Jason Spezza will not be playing tonight. In the home opener. In his home town. For his hometown team. in front of his family and friends. Against the team that drafted him and will very likely raise his number to their rafters one day. Cool.
Why? Because Spezza MUST become a penalty killer, of course. You know the penalty kill, right? That thing Frederik Gauthier has never been forced to learn? You got it. I mean, accountability does matter, after all. And nothing preaches accountability quite like forcing Spezza into morphing into a PK wizard over the next 48 hours while a 24-year-old with 6 career goals and 19 career points rests easy knowing his …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

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