The Toronto Maple Leafs will begin a tough five-game road trip tonight in Anaheim. With contests in San Jose, Los Angeles, Washington, and Detroit to follow, it promises to be one of the tougher stretches of the season for a Leafs side that still has work to do to make the playoffs.
A quick glance at the standings reveals a fairly comfortable cushion for the Leafs…
…but that cushion could be quickly erased if things go sideways on their trip.
“We’ll see some really good teams now, starting with the first three in a row,” coach Randy Carlyle said, per the Toronto Sun.
“We have to understand there is a certain type of game we have to play out on the road. We’re a skating club and we have to show that.”
Toronto enters its all-important trip on a two-game winning streak, both victories coming in overtime, including Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of the Flyers.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.