Surging Leafs no laugh anymore 0
Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows (L) scores his second goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia February 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)
Coming off their first loss in five games, the Vancouver Canucks look to close out their homestand with a win over the top team in the Eastern Conference on Saturday.
Yes, you heard that right.
As of Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs led the East with 20 points, having won three straight and starting off the season with an impressive 10-4 record.
Leading the way is forward Phil Kessel, whose nine goals and 18 points is tied for second overall in the league. He also has 10 points in his last five games.
The Canucks will counter with captain Henrik Sedin, who also has 18 points so far this season and riding a 10-game point streak. Brother Daniel has put together a five-game point streak of his own.
Forget about the unresolved contract extension talks being a distraction this season, the Swedes are off to the hottest start in their 13-year career, and will look to continue that trend against a team they've experienced much success against — combining for 39 points over 20 games.
The two teams have not played since February 2012 when the Canucks came away with a 6-2 win. Meanwhile, Toronto's last victory over the Canucks was Nov. 24, 2003, making them winless in 10 games against Vancouver.
But with much success so far this season, those same despicable or lovable Leafs — depending on where your loyalties lie — have a much better team trying to end that skid at Rogers Arena.