So the Maple Leafs have proven they can beat teams on the road.
The time has come for Randy Carlyle’s players to pull up their hockey socks at the Air Canada Centre.
The Leafs have put together a mediocre record at the ACC, going 4-5 in nine games, and if they’re serious about ending the playoff skid in Toronto, it’s imperative they get better results at home.
The month of March, especially in the first half, will provide the Leafs with a good opportunity. Starting with a visit by the New Jersey Devils on Monday, the Leafs play six of their next eight games at home, with games in Boston and Winnipeg part of the mix. For March as a whole, the Leafs play nine of their 14 games at the ACC.
On Thursday night, when the Leafs won 5-4 in overtime against the New York Islanders, it ran their road record to 9-4. For an hour or so, the Leafs were the lone NHL club with as many as nine road wins, but the Chicago Blackhawks joined them when they won in St. Louis.
“You have to be able to win in any building,” said coach Carlyle, who gave the players Friday off. “Winning on the road breeds confidence in your group. You can be competitive and you’re going into any building and you have a chance to win, and that is really what we are trying to strive for.”
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