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FTB: One last game for the Maple Leafs on this road trip

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The Leafs will face the Oilers on Hockey Night in Canada tomorrow.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Maple Leafs still have one more game to play to finish off their annual tour of Western Canada. They will face the Oilers tomorrow night at the Toronto friendly time of 7:00 p.m. EST. The Oilers picked up their fourth straight win last night against the Canucks. I say that streak needs to be broken and the Leafs are the perfect team to do it, having handily defeated the Oilers when they visited Toronto last month.

I’m sure the Leafs will be happy to get home to rest after this game. Next week’s schedule looks brutal with four games to play in six days including; the Lightning, Blackhawks, and Flyers here in Toronto, and then the Senators in Ottawa on Saturday (though that’s basically a home crowd).

There’s now only 30 days left in the Maple Leafs’ regular season. It’s crunch time. Every game has implications for the final standings that determine the playoff opponents and home ice advantages. One upside for Leafs fans in Toronto is there are no more late games on the calendar. There’s one game against the Predators starting at 8:00 p.m. EST, but all others are 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. starts.

However, some games are worth staying up late for. You can watch the Toronto Furies begin their playoff series against the Calgary Inferno tonight via the CWHL website.

Meanwhile, the Marlies play a second game in Laval tonight after defeating the Rocket 4-3 in OT on Tuesday.

ICYMI

The Leafs have been busy signing players this week, adding another to an Entry Level Contract yesterday.

Leafs sign prospect Mac Hollowell entry level contract - Elseldo
The Maple Leafs sign their 2018 4th round pick.

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Some other Leafs prospects are up to exciting hockey business these days too.

Leafs prospect report: Playoffs are on their way - Elseldo
Dakota Joshua and Ryan O’Connell win their first title.

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