The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Predators, the top team in the league, in Nashville on Tuesday night.
If they lose, it would mean 10 in a row for the blue and white — the last time that happened, it was 1967, and the team went on to win the Stanley Cup. However, back then, there were only six teams.
The Leafs fell 9-2 to the Predators when they played last in November,
Meanwhile, the Leafs may be coming off the lowest-scoring month in the team’s history.
“The shifts are short, not because they’re trying to get everybody in the game, because they don’t want to be in the game. That’s what it looks like to me. I just see body language of the bench, I don’t see communication,” veteran play-by-play sportscaster Jim Hughson said.
Toronto produced just 16 goals in 13 January games — five of which came in the only victory it registered all month. That average of 1.23 was slightly worse than what the St. Patricks had in February 1927 (1.25) and the rebranded Maple Leafs had in January 1929 (1.31).
There are still 30 games remaining on the schedule, including the game against the Predators.
The Leafs current 3-16-1 tailspin is the organization’s worst stretch in nearly 25 years.
As a collective, the Leafs managed just a 4.2 shooting percentage while actually playing a style more conducive to success than they did under previous coach Randy Carlyle.