The Toronto Maple Leafs have some big games ahead including the Nashville Predators tonight.
The Leafs will also be taking on the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals before the month is over. All big tests for the team which currently holds second place in the Atlantic Division.
While nothing is guaranteed in the NHL, there's a pretty solid chance the Leafs make the playoffs.
Bruce Arthur caught up with John Tavares recently and asked him what the team wants to develop down the stretch.
“I think … that feeling going into games that you can just kill another team’s will to win,” says Tavares, when asked what he wants to see between now and season’s end. “And just knowing that you just feel that when (the Leafs) come into your building, you just know what a tough night it’s going to be. Even if you play your best, you know the odds are still probably against you, where we just have the ability to kind of take games over that way, and generate that momentum. It’s hard to do that on a consistent basis.”
Is it possible to do?
“I think so,” says Tavares. “There’s certainly probably times when we’ve had it already, where we’ve had two, three games, but it’s the ability to carry that over for long stretches.”