EDMONTON, AB – DECEMBER 14: John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period at Rogers Place on December 14, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the best teams in hockey, but can they get past their demons and finally win the Stanley Cup?
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Heck, they haven’t even won a playoff series since the salary-cap was invented, so why on earth do we think they can win the championship this year?
Well, as Larry David loves to say, this team is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
I know the regular season doesn’t mean everything, as playoff games always look different, but this team is rock-solid. From Auston Matthews to Jack Campbell, the entire structure of this team is one that should perform well in the playoffs.
However, projecting something to happen and actually doing it are two separate things. I can say that I’m going to go the gym five times this week, when in reality, I may only get out of the house once.
The Toronto Maple Leafs need to win a Best of 7 series four times and they’re Stanley Cup champions. They can lose three times in seven games, on four different occasions and still succeed.
A 16-12 record, that’s it.
When you break it down like that, it sounds pretty easy to do, but it’s way harder than it sounds. Getting past their First Round demons will be a huge step, and personally, I think if they can win one round, they can win four.
Who knows what’s going to happen over the next few months, but here are four ways the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup this year.