It is a bit of an annual tradition on this site, my wish for the Leafs to get their players some rest down the stretch and have as many players ready to play their best hockey come playoff time. I make these pleas, but I think last it might have had the end result of Marner and Rielly each getting a game of rest before the start of the playoffs, but not much more. Fair enough, I’m not entirely sure it’s the top of the roster that needs the rest as much, or at least not Matthews, Marner, Rielly, and Nylander. It might be some of the depth guys, the older guys, or guys like Michael Bunting who haven’t played this much hockey in a long time.
The Leafs find themselves with 19 games remaining in the last 34 nights of the regular season schedule. They’ll have four back-to-backs in the next month, three involving the Florida Panthers as part of that back-to-back, including their back-to-back this weekend. The fact that the Leafs face the Panthers those three times, the Lightning twice, and the Bruins twice as well makes for a tough stretch of hockey, but also one where the Leafs have the potent …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation