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Tuesday FTB: Maple Leafs have lost ground on their rivals

It’s been a bad week for the Leafs, but the sky is not falling

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 14: Tomas Nosek #92 of the Boston Bruins shoves Dryden Hunt #20 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at TD Garden on January 14, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Turns out the only team who can beat the Seattle Kraken right now are the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have now moved to within two points of the Leafs with two games in hand. It’s been a bad week for Toronto, with two losses coupled with winning streaks for each of their divisional rivals.

Tampa Bay have won four straight, Boston and Florida have won two straight. They all have made up ground on Toronto in their last 10 games. This is part of the ebbs and flows of the season, it’s just a particularly nasty one.

The Leafs had a small chance of giving Boston a run for their money, that still might happen, but now they need to rebuild their gap to Tampa Bay if they want to keep home ice advantage.

Various Leafs and Branches

Maple Leafs Injury update: Nick Robertson done for the year | by: Katya

Back to Excited Episode 195: Evaluating Dubas’ Offseason Moves | by: Arvind

Special Erie Otters jersey helps underline importance of Black spaces in hockey | by: Shireen Ahmed, CBC

Jason Priestley tells ‘Trumpian’ tale of Harold Ballard in documentary ‘Offside: The Harold Ballard Story’ | by: Toronto Star

32 Thoughts: Jim Rutherford unloads with blunt truth about Canucks | by: Sportsnet

Canucks president Jim Rutherford held a press conference where he kept talking.

And talking.

And talking. You heard it here first, the Lightning are going to get Bo Horvat for 7/8 defenseman Cal Foote straight up.