So, how impressive has the Maple Leafs’ start to the 2013/14 season been?
To set the record straight, I’m a Leafs fan, but not the kind who want to trade Jake Gardiner for Steven Stamkos kind of Leafs fans… you know what I mean.
I’m a realist, with realistic expectations for all of my favourite sports teams, be it the Ticats, Dolphins and even the Raptors.
But a month into the NHL season, the Leafs have shown me something that I haven’t seen in awhile.
Their losses haven’t been blowouts.
Their wins are, for the most part, well deserved.
They’re getting solid, if not spectacular, goaltending.
And their scoring depth is much better than it has been.
Don’t get me wrong, Toronto will have a swoon sooner or later, all teams do.
But I get the sense that they are capable to limiting or even eliminating those long, crippling losing streaks, because of that consistency.
With an Eastern Conference leading 18 points and star winger Phil Kessel tied for 2nd in the NHL points race, Toronto has gotten off to a great start this year.
And the consistency and the balance of their team is shown in their goals for and against, +14, which is tied with Montreal for 3rd best in the league.
If you’re keeping track, San Jose leads with +28 and Colorado is next at +19, while the Rangers are a league worst -19.
I’m not ready to line the parade route, but I certainly have a good feeling about this year’s Maple Leafs.