The Toronto Maple Leafs struggled through the 2014 season, finishing second to last in their conference. The Maple Leafs were actually an above .500 team on their home ice, but were abysmal on the road. With many new additions in the front office and on the coaching staff, Toronto hopes to see an improvement in 2015.
The Toronto Maple Leafs schedule will test them early on as they open up with three playoff teams from a year ago. With some young newcomers in uniform this early season stretch figures to be too much for the Maple Leafs and they could be looking at a 0-3 start. Toronto finishes the month of October with a difficult back to back against the Penguins and Rangers. The Maple Leafs schedule does not give them any breaks going into November either, with three straight games against Winnipeg, Detroit, and Washington. Although the Maple Leafs shook up their front office and hired a new coach, they will need more help on the ice in order to navigate an early season schedule as challenging as theirs. They did make some offseason moves on the ice, but their schedule presents a great challenge.
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The Maple Leafs schedule will really test their improvement from last year in February when they go through a five game road trip. They must show some resolve on the road as they only won 8 road games in the entire previous season. They nearly quadrupled the amount of home wins to road wins and they must show a better balance this year. This road trip starts out with tough tests against the Senators and Flames and finishes with a trip to Chicago to take on the Stanley Cup champions. If Toronto wants to become a respectable team, that would be a good time to show it. The good news with the Toronto Maple Leafs schedule is that they have far more home games than road games following the five game road trip. They have multiple home stands in February and March and should be able to close out the season on positive terms. Overall, the Maple Leafs schedule starts out tough and gets progressively easier over the course of the season. By the end of the year, we should be able to find out if they have improved at all as a team. The end of their schedule sets up nicely and may provide them with a chance to pick up a more wins than a season ago. They should also be able to build some momentum going into the 2016-2017 season as they are likely still a few years away from being able to think about a possible playoff berth.
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