It’s been nothing but a great start for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. Their 3-0-1 record is good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Now comes the first tough stretch of multiple games over a short period of time. The leafs face 7 games in 13 days for the remainder of October and to start of the month of November, the leafs have 3 games in the first 5 days of the month. Over this stretch of game the Maple Leafs face teams like the Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins twice. This stretch of games consist of 7 road games and 3 home games.
Tonight the Maple Leafs start off with facing the lowly Winnipeg Jets. So I have thought that back up goalie Jonas Gustavsson would start tonight while James Reimer face the Stanley Cup Champions on Thursday. But via twitter, it looks like Reimer will take the net tonight.
This stretch games will be the test for the Maple Leafs in the new season. We all know they are great at finishing the regular season off strong. But maybe, just maybe, this stretch of games is the deciding factor of whether the Maple Leafs make into a playoff spot or not. These next 10 games are crucial points in my mind, because of their recent history of having played sub par in late October and November.
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