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By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
How long has it been since you heard “Maple Leafs” and “back into a contender” spoken in the same sentence? It’s been quite a while, that’s for sure. Now you can say it though, as the Toronto Maple Leafs are falling in the standings for the first time this season.
The Maple Leafs went 9-3-1 in their first 13 games, which put them first in the entire league. Leafs fans were used to watching their team light it up for the first five games or so in previous years, but this season seemed to be different.
The offence was on fire, goaltending wasn’t a problem and the defence was stellar. Then November came.
November wasn’t exactly a poor month for the Maple Leafs. A 7-6-1 record is average and was good enough to keep them well within the top half of the Eastern Conference standings. However, it was a streaky month for the Buds; they began the month with two straight wins, followed by five losses in six games, and then three ...