By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
Over the course of a season, there is always a certain stretch of games that can make or break a team’s final standing after all 82 games have been played. In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, that stretch just about to begin.
When the NHL released its 2011-2012 regular season schedule in the summer, not many people were impressed by how it looked. Some even called the worst schedule they had seen in recent memory, stating travel and long periods of time spent either at home or one the road at once as two big problems.
The Maple Leafs are about to experience what it’s like to play too many games away from home while battling for playoff contention. Over their next eight contests, the Buds will play just twice at home, where they have been dynamite this season.
In 27 games at home, the Leafs have gone 15-8-4, earning an impressive points percentage of .630. Compare that to their success on the road, an 11-11-2 record and a points...