Toronto Maple Leafs: January Outlook

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January has a very light schedule for the Maple Leafs. There are no back to back games in the month and the Maple Leafs will also have their bye week. Here is an in depth look at their January schedule.

First Half

Toronto‚Äôs first game of January will be played on January 2nd in Winnipeg against the Jets. After that the Maple Leafs will return home for a three game home stand. January 4th will see the New York Islanders in town. This will be a game that I’m sure John Tavares would love to win. Next the Maple Leafs will welcome the Edmonton Oilers to town on January 6th. Connor McDavid against Auston Matthews is always sure to be entertaining. The third and final game of this home stand will see the Maple Leafs hosting a rematch against the Winnipeg Jets on January 8th.

Toronto will then have a short three day break before playing in Florida against the Panthers on January 12th. The Panthers have been playing well and are staying in the hunt for a playoff spot. The last game for the first half of January will be on January 14th against the New Jersey Devils. It will be the first game of another three game home stand.

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Second Half

The second half of January will the see the Maple Leafs continue a three game home stand. Game number two of this home stand will be on January 16th against the Calgary Flames. The third game of this home stand will also be the final home game of the month for Maple Leafs. It will be played on January 18th against the Chicago Blackhawks. Next Toronto will have their bye week from January 19th to January 26th. The month of January will end with two road games. The Maple Leafs will play in Nashville against the Predators on January 27th. Then they will close out the month in Dallas on January 29th against the Stars.

Final Thought

I think that having no back to back games and having a bye week will benefit the Maple Leafs. It should allow for more practice time to better learn Sheldon Keefe’s systems and give much needed rest to fatigued players. I’m going to predict a January record of 6-3-1. Let’s hope the Maple Leafs will remain in 2nd place of the Atlantic Division by the end of January.

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