It’s cold out in Toronto. Not an intolerable -25°C cold, plus windchill—because it’s always windy at that temperature for some reason—but the more annoying cold where it hovers around zero and when you go out in a winter jacket you immediately overheat, so you unbundle yourself and then you are too cold, and then the reverse happens again, but that’s winter in Southern Ontario. I heard that the northern reaches of the GTA even had a dusting of snow yesterday, though it has yet to make an appearance south of Steeles that I have seen.

Wouldn’t it be nice to jet off to California for a week right now? Well that’s exactly what the Maple Leafs are doing, which also means you need to stay up late this week. Very late. Here’s the schedule:

  • Wednesday: Leafs @ Kings 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday: Leafs @ Sharks 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Leafs @ Ducks 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Note this weekend has one of the rare Saturdays without a Leafs game./

Those are a lot of late games. Maybe winter isn’t so bad that they should flee to California after all? Over in Russia, Rodion Amirov’s tiny dog seems to be enjoying the snow while wearing his tiny jacket.

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How many games will you watch this week?

All three! I am true blue Leafs fan.76
All three because I’m usually up that late anyway.49
I might make the 8:00 p.m. ET game. No guarantees beyond that.70
I can already barely stay up for Final Jeopardy. 10 o’clock games are impossible.61