Don’t look now, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are sitting atop the NHL standings.
They’re 6-1-0, with a league-leading 34 goals scored. They have 22 goals against, which illustrates just how well offence is carrying the day for the club.
Auston Matthews is at the top of the leaderboard with 10 points in seven games, including six goals. He’s topping out Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, who’s on a slumping team and in need of something to spark his fortunes.
Nazem Kadri has eight points, while James van Riemsdyk has seven points. Both Kadri and van Riemsdyk have scored four goals, by the way.
William Nylander and Morgan Rielly round out the top with seven points each, while Patrick Marleau already has three goals and a total of five points in seven games.
So yes, the Maple Leafs are scoring. A lot.
And that’s meant great things for the fanbase as well, who’ve been more than happy to have the hockey club as the hottest ticket in town again.
“There’s more excitement,” Mitch Marner said. “The city’s excited; we’re excited. We know what we’re capable of.”
There are possibilities, too. Not only is Toronto thinking playoffs, they’re thinking Cup.
It’s impossible to discount the culture change for the Maple Leafs, with an infusion of local talent throughout the organization and a long-term game plan that is finally paying some dividends. It’s been a long road and a long time running, but even the Vegas oddsmakers are taking a look at what’s going on in Toronto.
Will it last? That’s the eternal question.
Maple Leafs fans don’t know how long they’ll hold bragging rights over the losing Montreal Canadiens or how long Matthews will keep scoring at an impossible pace or how long the ACC will be a rocking place to be on game night.
But for now, it’s been well worth the wait.