Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/28/11 at 03:56 PM ET
from Michael Traikos of the National Post af Faceoff.com,
“The standings after U.S. Thanksgiving, you sort of know who you are,” a Western Conference general manager said. “The Leafs might not be one of the two best teams in the conference, but they’re in that next cluster of teams. That’s a good sign. I certainly think they’re for real.”
This could all change, of course. With the first-quarter of the season in the books, the Leafs were four points out of first place, but were also only four points out of 11th. They appear to be a team headed for the playoffs. And yet, part of us keeps waiting for Lucy to yank the ball and for the beleaguered team to end up on its back again.
We have been fooled so many times in the past. The Leafs started last season 4-0-0 only to be sucked into a November tailspin that they would not get out of. This year, when the team got out to a similar start, critics pointed out Toronto’s schedule had been one of the easiest in the NHL.
That may be true. But after nearly two months of hockey, the Leafs stand above five teams - the New York Rangers, Buffalo, Washington, Tampa Bay and Montreal - that made the playoffs last year. And they have been doing it with a shorthanded lineup.
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