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FTB: It’s going to be a busy weekend for the Maple Leafs

The Leafs play back-to-back games this weekend, one at home and one on the road.

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The Maple Leafs have had a relatively quiet week, with three days off before Wednesday’s game, and then another two leading into this weekend. I hope they enjoyed that chance to rest up as there’s no more to come as they set off to play out the last five weeks of the season before the playoffs begin.

The start of this week was the final three day break the team will get between now and April 29. In fact, having more than one consecutive day off is quite rare in the balance of the schedule, happening only on two occasions, with the rest of the time games on every other day, if not back-to-back with travel like this weekend.

It will be a gruelling schedule loaded with games against some of the top teams in the league; including multiple games against each one of the potential first and second round playoff opponents: the Panthers, Lightning, Capitals and Bruins.

It all starts with a game against the Canadiens tomorrow night, then the Leafs host the Panthers on Sunday. Both games are 7:00 p.m. starts.

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Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here.

Poll

What is your prediction for this weekend?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    They beat both the Habs and Panthers.
    (163 votes)
  • 13%
    They beat the Habs, but lose to the Panthers.
    (82 votes)
  • 35%
    The Leafiest outcome: they lose horribly to the last-place Habs, but easily beat the first-place Panthers.
    (211 votes)
  • 10%
    The pessimist option: they lose both games and a goalie is probably injured somehow.
    (60 votes)
  • 12%
    All I know is Mason Marchment will totally get a hat trick on Sunday.
    (75 votes)
591 votes total Vote Now