2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Lightning

Fifty-four wins. One hundred and fifteen points. Sixty goals and a new franchise record for Auston Matthews.

By many measurements, 2021-22 was a historically good season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

And to celebrate these many achievements, they get… a date with the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions with everything on the line.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a rare opportunity for some historic feats of their own. 

Should they complete the championship three-peat, they’d be the first NHL franchise since the New York Islanders dynasty of 40 years ago to win the Cup three straight years. 

Remarkably, this is the first time these Atlantic foes will meet in the playoffs. And if there’s one word to describe this series, it’s offence. This should be fun.

That their path to playoff redemption now goes through the champs feels like an almost cruel joke from the hockey gods,