Watching the San Jose Sharks tear up the Vancouver Canucks, in Saturday’s late game and the Los Angeles Kings beat the higher seeded Anaheim Ducks earlier in the day, underlines what the Leafs will be facing on the road this week.
Any measure of improvement for the Maple Leafs had to start with bettering last season's 69 points and the basement finish that resulted.
Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, Braden Holtby, Sergei Bobrovsky, Tuukka Rask ... at long last the Maple Leafs seem to have a dog in the fight to be a goalie of distinction in the Eastern Conference.
When Frederik Andersen tapped blockers after the overtime, the extra point in the standings was already a secondary thought for the crowd.
The essentials for Game 60 of the Leafs schedule...
So here’s how Nazem Kadri’s day at the office went on Tuesday.
TORONTO — In a game billed as the Calder Cup — the final rookie of the year trophy head-to-head between Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine — ill will between the Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets in a playoff-charged atmosphere proved the real rivalry.
WINNIPEG JETS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Auston Matthews had an idea the question was coming.