It’s been a very good regular season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. So good, in fact, it might end up being the best in franchise history.
With 45 wins, the Maple Leafs have tied a mark that was reached three times by Pat Quinn/Mats Sundin era teams. With a game on Monday against the worst team in the NHL, the Leafs are poised to break the team record against the Buffalo Sabres.
Additionally, the Leafs are just six points away from tying the franchise record for points set by the 2003-04 team. With seven games left, they’ve got an excellent chance to beat that record too.
This is old hat for Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, who reached the 45-win mark six times while coaching in Detroit.
He says he isn’t paying much attention to the record.
“When they fire you in the ground one day, they can talk about that stuff,” said Babcock. “In the meantime, let’s try to get better.”
If Toronto can somehow run the table and win all of their remaining games, they would tie the franchise record for best winning percentage (.679), set by the 1950-51 team that went on to win the Stanley Cup.