The Toronto Maple Leafs have another light schedule this week with only two road games — against the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night and a Hockey Night in Canada original six matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. The idea of the Maple Leafs walking away from these two games with a split, is not hard to accept.
Everyone in the state of western New York is wrapped up Jack Eichel‘s potential superstar status that is ready to burst among the NHL and put the Sabres on the map. They also went out this summer and acquired Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche. Both men are currently the team’s co-leaders along with Marcus Foligno and rookie Rasmus Ristolainen with three points each. However, they are still a bad hockey club that have lost four of their five games to start the new hockey season.
The Canadiens have won their first six games out of the gate. The Toronto Maple Leafs always try to come up with arguments to back up their favorite hockey club against their rival, but the facts do not lie.
The biggest comparison Montreal fans love to hold over fans of Toronto is that their team has won 24 Stanley Cups, as opposed to Toronto’s 13. Toronto’s last Stanley Cup was in 1967 and Montreal has won 10 championships since that historic year in Ontario.
The Toronto Maple Leafs can easily win the game Wednesday night and it is certainly possible that the team can walk out of the First Niagara Center and probably fall to the strong Canadiens’ roster.
There is a lot wrong with the Sabres but it would be hard for the Leafs to find any sort of weakness in the Canadiens.