Every game could be interesting to the Maple Leafs this season, but here are 10 that stand out:
Oct 25 @ Carolina Hurricanes
Their first meeting since goalkeeper Frederik Andersen signed with the Cannes, after five pretty good years in Toronto.
November 2 vs. Vegas Golden Knights
The Knights’ only visit of the season is sure to draw media attention to Las Vegas goalkeeper Robin Lehner, whose allegations of mistreatment of players in some NHL markets drew the league’s attention in the preseason.
December 1 vs. Colorado Avalanche
The top Stanley Cup favorites will be motivated to put on a show on the biggest stage in the league. And it’s never boring when Nazem Kadri returns to Toronto.
Dec 14 @ Edmonton Oilers
Auston Matthews vs. Connor McDavid. The discussion continues.
January 22 against the New York Islanders
Lou Lamoriello worked alongside Kyle Dubas in Toronto before splitting up and landing on Long Island, where he has built a Stanley Cup contender that now includes 44-year-old Zdeno Chara on defense. Both DJs can have this circled on the calendar.
Feb 28 @ Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin’s march to Wayne Gretzky’s professional goal record continues, with the notorious Tom Wilson riding the shotgun. Young center Hendrix Lapierre is a rookie to follow.
March 8 against Seattle Kraken
The expansion club, led by former Leafs assistant Dave Hakstol, is making its first visit to Scotiabank Arena.
Mar 13 @ Buffalo Sabers
The Heritage Classic outdoor game at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton is technically a date at home for the Sabers, but it will almost certainly be a Leafs sweetheart, with a handful of Sabers fans there to have a good time.
April 5 @ Florida Panthers
The second of consecutive games in Florida, after facing defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning the night before, will be a yardstick less than a month before the playoffs. The upgraded Panthers have a real ambition to unseat the Lightning as the best team in the state.
April 29 vs. Boston Bruins
The final game of the regular season is both a potential playoff preview and an opportunity for the Leafs to show that they are above the Bruins, who have been the perpetrators of most of the first-round playoff outings of Toronto for the past decade.
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