Depending on the outcome of the Leafs/Columbus game and Pens/Sharks game tonight the Leafs could very well be first overall tomorrow morning. Kessel is the league's leading scorer and also leads in goals and +/-. Lupul is in the top 10 in scoring, in the top 5 in goals, and in the top 5 in +/-. Phaneuf is in the top 5 in defenceman scoring and tied for first in +/-. Steckel is 2nd in faceof percentage. Grabovski and MacArthur are getting back in track and Connoly has looked promising. They have better depth up front and on D. The Leafs are tied with Washington for the best 5 on 5 GF/GA ratio and only Philly has scored more even strength goals. Lots of very bright spots. So why aren't I feeling better? Special teams have been nothing short of brutal. When you add PP and short handed goals for then subtract PP and short handed goals against the Leafs have a special teams +/- of -7, second worst in the league. Their PP is middle of the pack but the PK is horrendous. Nik Kulemin is off to a slow start and Luke Schenn seems to be having a Mr Hyde year. Komisarek looks less terrible but that isn't saying much. Reimer was ok but not great before getting hurt and Gustavsson seems to be trying to take Schenn's Dr. Jeckyl/Mr Hyde title only with him you see both in a 60 minute span. Considering they are one of if not the youngest team in the league and have some promising young players playing well on the roster and in the AHL, I'd have been happy even if they weren't 8-3-1 at this stage. The hot start certainly puts them in a good position for making the playoffs. If 93 points is the benchmark they'd need a .542 win percentage over the remainder of the season, roughly the equivalent of going 5-4-1 over each 10 game stretch from here on in. Certainly doable. I guess it comes down to a question of do they keep the good things going and get the problems fixed or do the problems cause the good things to come off the rails. I think they have the pieces to be a playoff team. Can they put them together...?