The Leafs are in the midst of a mini slump, I mean, a loss followed by a shootout loss in a game they tanked counts as a slump at this point of the season, right?
To make matters worse the Leafs are following up last season’s Stanley Cup champions with the President’s Trophy Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. And as a wise man once said, the President’s Trophy is true test of merit (please note there is nothing in any way wise about this).
Anyway, facing the Lightning is never a good thing, and it’s far less than ideal when your team doesn’t seem to be clicking. Perhaps it’s better we get one of the games out of the way early, learn something and move on.
Another way to look at this is by not being defeatist, and recognize the Lightning too have been slow out the gate, and while Brayden Point is returning tonight, they will have the most cobweb-y Point of the season to play against and this game will feature two fun and talented teams that want to prove something against each other.
Rating: 73.0#72 LW
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation