The Maple Leafs were living out of their suitcases, thanks to a heavy road schedule, before embarking on a four-day Christmas break Saturday following a 3-2 win in New York over the Rangers. It was a much-needed win for a team that was beginning to show signs of weariness from a December schedule where 10 of the club’s 13 games were on the road. Centre Tyler Bozak stayed in Toronto for the break, while his teammates spread out to various destinations. Bozak was looking forward to rematches with brother Justin on the Nintendo N64 classic video game board, which they first got for Christmas back in the late 1990s when they were kids. “We’d play Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey, NFL Blitz, a lot of stuff, and it was competitive . . . it still is. We play when we can, and I still have that N64,” Bozak said. After the break, though, the Leafs will finish December with three more road games leading into New Year’s Eve. After that, it’s mostly home free. The Leafs, one of the NHL’s most-travelled teams through the first three months of the season with 21 of 37 games on the road, are heading into a home heavy schedule for the post-New Year’s run. Toronto’s first six games in January are on home ice, where they have one the NHL’s best home marks at 11-5-0. Eight of 12 January games are also at home, and after playing just three home games in December, the Leafs have a grand opportunity to strengthen their 11-5-0 home record.
Leafs enjoy Christmas break as more road games beckon
Toronto Star | Dec 26