Game #3: Sunday, January 12th, 2020, Toronto Maple Leafs
This will be the team that I believe the Florida Panthers will be most competitive with. The Toronto Maple Leafs roster is still up in the air, but their goal has been set for the last three seasons: contend for the Stanley Cup.
Whenever Toronto comes to town, their fans typically travel very well. For them, it might be a nice vacation and get away from the frigid Canadian cold to see their team play, but we as fans need to make that vacation rougher on gameday.
Watching a game from a neutral perspective on TV, you can tell how many Toronto fans sit in the lower bowl of BB&T Center when the Leafs are in town. It’s embarrassing, the Leafs are almost 1,500 miles away and still, it seems like they have the majority of fans at BB&T.
This is a game Panthers fans are going to want to come to. In January, these two teams should surely both be in the thick of the top of the East. This is going to be a marquee Sunday matchup between two explosive offenses with issues defensively.
Last season, the Cats won both home games versus Toronto. They came in closely contested games with great saves and offensive explosiveness. There are going to be headline names on the cards: Aleksander Barkov, Auston Matthews, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mitch Marner (potentially), Sergei Bobrovsky, and John Tavares.
Those six are all players who are all potential all-stars this season, and should all show out at this game.