The Toronto Maple Leafs’ hub city hotel floor is better than any home-ice advantage in the NHL

If you’re the kind of person who bets on hockey to feel alive, then you already know the line on the Maple Leafs and Oilers moved earlier this month when Toronto and Edmonton were announced as the NHL’s respective Eastern and Western Conference hub cities. Home-ice in the NHL isn’t quite the factor it is in other sports, but in these times (which, as you’ve probably heard, are unprecedented), a little home cooking could go a long way. From the looks of things, the good people at the Maple Leafs’ hub city hotel agree, rolling out the red blue carpet for their beloved team's arrival this weekend.

While this seems to be a pretty big advantage on paper, it's entirely dependent on the Leafs' ability to get the hell out of their own way. We all remember 2019 right?

Oh, and 2018 too . . .

And of course who could forget 2013 . . .

But still, despite all that—despite the untold number of PTSD cases we just triggered in the greater Toronto area—you’re not getting that kind of welcome in Boston or Buffalo. This is 100% pure, Grade-A amber maple syrup and you can only get it in one place: Mom’s kitchen, temporarily located in the Fairmont Royal York. No customs checks and bad room service labstah to worry about, just cold ice and hot stone massages as far as the eye can see.

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but Leafs by a million.