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FTB: The Maple Leafs get a short break before a hectic February

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The Leafs have four days off before their next game.

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The Maple Leafs left Alberta last night with seven of eight possible points, a pretty good result for a long road trip with games at odd hours. It leaves them with a comfortable three point margin as leader of the North Division thanks also to the Canadiens losing to the Flames last night. I guess that “players only meeting” worked. Here’s our recap of last night’s game.

The Leafs now get a short break. Their next game isn’t until Thursday when they kick-off a three game series against the Canucks in Toronto. Yes, you read that correctly, they will play the Canucks three games in a row. After that, the Leafs will face the Canadiens twice, and then the Senators for three games in a row. After that there’s also the first of a three game series against the Oilers, though the last two games of that series fall after the month-end into March.

Basically, you will passionately hate someone on every Canadian team by the end of February, but, there’s some good news too in that all of the February games start at 7:00 p.m., except one at 7:30. You won’t need to stay up late to watch the Leafs again until those March games against the Oilers (yes, 10:00 p.m. ET start again.)

Let’s take one more look at that Matthews goal from last night before we get to the rest of the news.

[Transcript] Keefe Post Game: "At the end of a long road trip, with fatigue a definite factor, the guys pushed back" - MLHS
Keefe on Lehtonen: "I think he still doesn’t look comfortable out there."

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