Now, it’s just down to the Leafs, though recently the Cup-free drought isn’t because they’re slacking off. Auston Matthews, new captain John Tavares, and Mitch Marner are heading up a stellar offense. Matthews already has five goals on the year, while defenseman Morgan Rielly have five assists in three games. Goaltender Frederick Anderson is off to a 2-0 start.
The Blues, after losing a lead to the Washington Capitals, pulled a come from behind victory out of thin air against the Dallas Stars. Brayden Schenn already started to earn his new contract extension and Sammy Blais tacked one on.
The issue that the Blues have had to start the season - and this isn’t a new problem - is that the second period seems to be the period they take off.
As Coach Craig Berube put it: “The second, again, it was kind of similar to the first game, and it’s all self-inflicted.”
There’s not much room for that against the Maple Leafs, who will make you pay for taking your foot off of the gas.
The Blues won’t be back in town for ten days - a trip that gets off on a good start with a win against the Maple Leafs can set the tone for the first chunk of the season. The Blues dispatched the Leafs twice last season (and have for the last six times they’ve seen each other); the second win extended the Blues to their team record 11th in a row.
The Leafs’ mantra for this season is “this is our time.” That remains to be seen, but tonight’s game won’t be an easy win for either team. Toronto would like a win after blowing a 4-1 lead with six minutes left to go against the Habs on Saturday, and the Blues would like to start the season off well on their way to defending their Cup.