The Leafs are riding high. Maybe not high, but that mild tingle you sometimes get from ditch weed. Three straight wins even against the Hawks, Wings, and LTIR mangled Knights does put the Leafs back on track and at least on the positive side of the playoff picture again and a 5-4-1 record is like a report card that keeps you out of summer school, but certainly won’t be put up on the fridge to brighten your parents day.
After three games of good vibes only, Toronto will now be facing the reigning two time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The good news is that the Lightning have been off to just as bad a start as the Leafs this season, or pretty close to it with a 5-3-1 record. The bad news is whether you judge a team by how they look on paper or by how they look on ice, the Lightning are a far superior team to the Leafs, and that’s true even when Nikita Kucherov is shutdown.
Tonight is a chance for the Leafs to pick up a win that shows they can hang with the big dogs of the league, …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation