The Leafs November reign raised expectations and hopes

The Leafs were never as bad as their October. A team with Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner, not to mention a strong supporting cast of TJ Brodie, Jack Campbell, Morgan Rielly, and others was not going to be 2-4-1 bad. In fact even the October 2-4-1 start was a bit exaggerated, as by the end of the month they had rebounded to 4-4-1, which while still underwhelming spoke to the fact that the Leafs have a finite amount of time they can be bad for, they just have the unfortunate habit of picking the playoffs for that time.
Now a 12-2-0 November, and a 14-2-0 stretch if you blissfully include those last couple of games in October is a bit of an inflated sense of how good the Leafs can be as well, albeit a far more enjoyable stretch of hockey to partake in. It by no means warrants responses like this:

The Toronto Maple Leafs playing their best hockey of the season in November is peak Leafs.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) November 29, 2021

Now, you can make a strong case for the fact that this will be some of the best …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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