By Cole Parkinson
After a hot November and December, COVID-19 struck the NHL which resulted in plenty of rescheduled games in the new year.
Since play has resumed in 2022, the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t looked like the same team. And honestly, that’s not overly concerning to me. It’s a long season with plenty of ups and downs, so it was unreasonable to think they’d win every game until the end of the year.
And don’t get me wrong, it is a tad disappointing to see them blow two or three-goal leads every game, but they’re still a great team in a tough division. If you’re a Maple Leaf fan, at this point of the Matthews/Marner/Tavares/Nylander era, it’s hard to be upset in January or February. The team almost always hits a skid around mid-season and it certainly seems this year is no different.
Overall, the team has looked really good, though an upgrade in the top six would be nice near the trade deadline.
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