By Mark LamblishThe Leafs are going back to the rink this weekend, so the Maple Leafs will need to prepare for a couple of games.
That’s what they’re doing.
They’re going back and preparing for the second game in three days.
That is a big deal.
The Leafs were a game behind the Toronto Marlies in the Eastern Conference standings last year, and a game out of first in the Atlantic Division.
The Leafs went 7-9-1 during the regular season and 8-10-2 during the playoffs.
This season, they are on pace to go 13-11-2 and reach the second round.
If you’re wondering how this could be good news for the Leafs, they have a lot of games to play this week.
They’re going to play at home in Toronto on Wednesday and at home on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
And that’s when the Leafs have to start getting ready.
The Maple Leafs are playing on Thursday and Friday at home against the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens and the Ottawa Senators.
They have four games left in the regular-season schedule, so they have plenty of time to rest, and get ready for the playoffs, as well as a game against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the second-round.
The schedule isn’t that much different this year, although the Leafs will play the same opponents on Thursday night and Friday.
They will play three games against the Senators and three against the New York Rangers on Saturday.
The Senators will host the Leafs at the MTS Centre on Thursday, followed by the Leafs against the Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre on Friday.
There are only two games left to play on the schedule, and the Leafs can be rested for two of them.
They also have to play three of their last four games on the road before facing the Capitals in the first round.
The only other home game that matters is the Leafs’ first game against Montreal at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
The last time the Leafs played in Toronto was in 2012, and this year they will be playing on the second home game of their NHL season.
It will be the first time since the Leafs were relocated to the city in 2014 that the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Group will be hosting a regular season game in Toronto.