Chris Johnston is in his 14th season covering the NHL and fifth for Sportsnet. His career began with The Canadian Press and has covered 10 Stanley Cup finals and two Olympics. He is a frequent contributor to Sportsnet's TV and radio platforms and a regular guest on the "Puck Talks" speaking series.
Red-hot Oilers type of challenge Maple Leafs have been waiting for
This is the kind of opportunity the Maple Leafs have been waiting for — five road games in eight nights, including three against their closest rival in the North Division. If they can take care of business, the path ahead should get easier. Catch Maple Leafs-Oilers at 7 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. MT tonight on Sportsnet.
Maple Leafs' loss to Flames a reminder of the security Andersen provides
The Maple Leafs can afford to be patient with Frederik Andersen’s injury situation because of their strong start. But, in Monday's low-energy loss to the Flames, they were given a reminder of the security blanket he typically provides them.
Joe Thornton playing key role in Maple Leafs' success since return
They don’t make too many hockey players like Joe Thornton. He became the oldest player in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history to register a three-point night during a 7-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators and he needed only the first period to do it.