News and Notes: The Leafs enter their break as a bubble team

Having lost five of their last six games, the Toronto Maple Leafs are limping into their off-week tied with the Florida Panthers for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Their most recent loss, a lopsided 6-2 defeat to the surging Chicago Blackhawks, represented the third time in six games the Leafs allowed at least six goals.

The Leafs exited the Mike Babcock era as a bubble team, featuring an uninspiring 9-10-4 record. Under Sheldon Keefe, things have gone pretty well, even considering this recent cold spell. The Leafs have a 16-7-3 record in the Keefe era. But where has it gotten them? Still on the bubble.
The issue for Toronto is that pretty much everyone else is playing well too. Since Nov. 20 when Keefe was hired…
The Bruins have gone 15-7-7 for 37 points.
The Lightning have gone 20-8-2 for 42 points.
The Panthers have gone 15-11-0 for 30 points.
The Blue Jackets have gone 18-8-4 for 40 points.
The Hurricanes have gone 15-11-2 for 32 points.
The Flyers have gone 16-10-2 for 34 points.
The Leafs, overall, have been better with Keefe around than Babcock. They’ve picked up 35 out of a possible 52 points. But that …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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