What can we say right now about the play of the Leafs? The slump that they are mired in has effectively wiped out the gains of the winning streak they went on just previously (where they were 8/10 or something) and put them right back into the battle for eighth and suddenly teams that were under performing like Atlanta or Jersey are now playing like world beaters while teams that had been sliding like Montreal are once more finding their footing and starting to win again.
This mirrored the previous nights game in Colorado when the Leafs scored just 59 seconds into the first period but yet went on to lose by an identical score 5-3.
In fact in the past four games of this losing skid the Leafs have scored first in every game. They have also had shorthanded goals in two of them. Usually scoring first or scoring a shorthanded goal is an indicator that you will win the game. Going into this four game slump the Leafs were 15-4 when scoring the first goal.
On top of the ugliness of the past four games on the score sheet, today we find out that Alexander Khavanov suffered a rib injury in last night's game. Not that Khavanov has been a world beater this year but he certainly has been steady. So now we face the prospect of having to break the slide in Ottawa with two games against the Sens.
Incidentally the game last night was so maddeningly boring that even when the score was 2-2 and 3-2 I was flipping over to watch the National. And I hate the National.