The Toronto Maple Leafs are the sports news and sports on the web in Toronto these days. Here in the center of the hockey universe The Toronto Maple Leafs are always the hottest topic of conversation and it becomes even more magnified once we start rolling into April and the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are in site.
After what started off as a promising road trip where the Toronto Maple Leafs took four of a possible six points from the top western teams in California. The wheels fell off as they winged their way back east across the continental United States. Consecutive losses to Washington, Detroit, Tampa and Montreal have put the Maple Leafs on the verge of dropping out of the wild card seed. James Reimer, who was brilliant in relief of Jonathan Bernier in the L.A. Kings game has not been able to catch that performance as the Toronto Maple Leafs starter. He has been ok as Randy Carlyle stated. but seems to not be ready and is letting in a questionable goal early to put the Maple Leafs down and make it an uphill battle to get back. Don’t get me wrong I am not putting the blame on Reimer alone. Questionable coverage in the defensive zone has also contributed. But some of the goals Reimer has allowed were of the stoppable variety.
The four losses have hurt twice as much because they have all been in regulation, so no points were awarded, but even more worrisome is the fact that they are losing to the teams they are fighting with for the playoff spots. All four games were four point swings in the standings with the teams the Leafs lost to. Case in point was last nights game against the Montreal Canadiens. Reimer let in two early past his glove and the Toronto Maple Leafs could not overcome the early deficit against Carey Price. The Maple Leafs did deserve a better fate though as they did out play the Hab’s but three ringing shots off the goal post were their ultimate undoing.
So now the Toronto Maple Leafs have run out of wiggle room with ten games left on the schedule starting tonight in New Jersey. Realistically the Leafs need to win at least seven of the ten games to have a shot at the playoffs.
And that’s the sports news and sports on the web or the way I see it anyway.
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