March is turning out to be a very crucial month for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs continue to compete with the Florida Panthers for third place in the Atlantic Division. This season’s March schedule will see the Maple Leafs in eight road games and six home games.
The month of March starts with a three-game road trip through California. It will begin with a game against the San Jose Sharks on March 3rd. Then, the Maple Leafs will play the Los Angeles Kings on March 5th in the first game of a back to back. The second game of the back to back will be against the Anaheim Ducks on March 6th.
After those back to back games, the Maple Leafs will enjoy three days off before returning home on March 10th to play their divisional rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning. Next, the Maple Leafs will host the Nashville Predators on March 12th. They will then follow that up with a road game against the Boston Bruins in Boston on March 14th. The game in Boston will see the Maple Leafs wearing their St. Pats road uniforms.
The Maple Leafs will start the second half with two days off before hosting the New Jersey Devils on March 17th. This game against the Devils will see the Maple Leafs wearing their St. Pats home uniforms. The Maple Leafs will continue their four-game homestand against the New York Islanders on March 19th. Next will be a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 21st followed by a game against the Florida Panthers on March 23rd. This game against the Panthers could have huge playoff implications, depending on how close the two teams are in the standings by then.
The Maple Leafs will then end the month on a four-game road trip. They will first play the Lightning on March 25th and then the next night they will be in Carolina to play the Hurricanes. The team will then travel to Ottawa to play the Senators on March 28th. After two days off, the Maple Leafs will then play the Capitals in Washington on March 31st.
Final Thoughts for March Outlook
The month of March will hopefully see the return of Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and Cody Ceci to the lineup. If we’re lucky, we’ll also see the return of Ilya Mikheyev as well. Nothing is going to come easy for the Maple Leafs in March. They will need to claw, scratch and fight for every available point. Hopefully, by the end of March, the Maple Leafs will be sitting comfortably in a playoff spot.
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