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The Apple Is Big

The results of tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers will be the measuring stick of how this season will go, in my opinion.
When the Buds stroll out of Madison Square Gardens (how do they keep a traditional name, by the way? They should be Appleby's Square Gardens, or something, by now) we should have a fairly good indicator of how this season will unfold. But, I should qualify this... Only if James Reimer plays! Lord Stanley knows we can't base anything on Jonas Gustavsson's play in the nets. I'd rather see Ben Scrivens in there, if Reimer can't go tonight. I have no personal dislike for "The Monster," other than that ridiculous moniker, it's just that the Leafs only play well in front of one goalie. This is not new. It has happened for the better part of the 30 years I have been watching the Maple Leafs. They seem to only play well for their Number One. If they play well, at all. I digress.
On paper, the Rangers should probably be better then the Leafs. Better, more established goaltending, and solid scoring depth. Their coach has won a Stanley Cup. The only place the Leafs fare better is on defence. On paper.
But the Leafs have come out the gates stronger than the Rangers. New York looks like a team the Leafs should beat, so far this season. Will they? I have no idea.
I think, if they do win, the Leafs will contend all season to slip in to the playoffs. If not, you can probably list them in the lower third of the Eastern Conference.
The Leafs have been beating the teams they should beat, so far. Now, they have a chance to beat a teams that seems to be fairly equal to them. If they can beat the teams they are somewhat equal to, and the teams they should beat... well, they should make the playoffs, right?
Or, is my math way off?

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UPDATE:Oh, my Lord Stanley! Humpty Dumpty has been put back together, again! Centre, Tim Connolly will (probably) make his Maple Leafs debut tonight on Broadway! Good for Mr. Glass! Let's hope we get a full, regular season game out of him, this time.

UPDATE:James Reimer will not be in net, tonight, versus the New York Rangers. Please disregard my last post as anything I write, think, dream about or hope for will be rendered moot by the play of Jonas Gustavsson.

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