The Leafs road trip from hell ends Saturday with a game against the Florida Panthers but things don’t get much better next week.
The team is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games and faces a tough week against some of the best teams in the NHL.
Saturday: The Leafs are in Florida on the heels of their disappointing loss in Tampa. Unable to sit on a 2-1 lead, the Leafs lost in the dying moments of overtime on a goal by Martin St. Louis. Now come the Panthers who, at 21-21-9 sit seven points ahead of the Maple Leafs.
Tuesday: No real break for the Maple Leafs who face the radically improved 28-16-3 Kings and their emerging linchpin defenceman Drew Doughty.
Friday: The Leafs are in New Jersey for a game against the soaring Devils.
Saturday: At home against the Vancouver Canucks. Brian Burke’s old team is 30-18-2.