The Chicago Blackhawks look to sweep their eastern Canada road trip with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday
In an Original Six matchup, the Chicago Blackhawks are looking for their fourth straight win as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Blackhawks enter the game with a 45-20-5 record on the season, and a three-point lead on the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. The Blackhawks are also 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. They’ve also won 10 of their last 11 games on the road.
For this week’s Eye on the Enemy, we reached out to fellow FanSided associate Tim Chiasson, an expert from Editor in Leaf, on how the Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing this season as we near the 82-game mark.
Turning over a new leaf
The Leafs haven’t been exceptional of late, only going 4-3-3 in their last 10 games. Their latest game was a 5-0 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night that helped them grab the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
However, the Leafs got demolished by the Florida Panthers on Tuesday in a 7-2 defeat. With a team full of young talent, Toronto has been an exciting club to watch after its miserable season last year. They’re an up-and-coming team with high-scoring rookies, quality special teams and, finally, a consistent goaltender.
For the first time in some years, the Leafs were buyers instead of sellers at the trade deadline. With the addition of Brian Boyle down the middle, Toronto is looking more and more like a playoff team of late in a close race in the East.
And with that, let’s look to some insight from a Toronto fan himself.