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FTB: Maple Leafs face Ottawa Senators before the start of their bye week

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There’s one more game before the Leafs get a winter break.

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Bye weeks are still a thing in the NHL, and the Maple Leafs’ starts tomorrow. First, they have to make it past the Ottawa Senators. The Senators were blown out by the Blackhawks last night in an 8-2 loss. You can bet they are looking for a comeback tonight.

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ICYMI

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The season is approximately half over, so it’s time to examine the Leafs record to date.

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