With a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, the Leafs have now recorded 10 straight home wins for the first time in franchise history.
The streak dates back to Jan. 31 and is comprised of wins over the Islanders (two), Ducks, Predators, Senators, Lightning, Blue Jackets, Panthers, and Bruins. The last loss on home ice came at the hands of the Avalanche back on Jan. 22.
Toronto will have a chance to extend the home winning run to 11 games when the Leafs host Dallas on March 14.
The Jets made a huge splash Monday by acquiring center Stastny from the St. Louis Blues, arguably giving Winnipeg the NHL's best top nine.
Winnipeg has already scored 206 goals through 62 games - fourth-most in the NHL. As we'll see below, that's come with minimal aid from the blue line, and the addition of Stastny will only help them get the puck to the opposition's net with greater regularity.
Nashville addressed an area of weakness from last year's roster by adding depth down the middle in the form of Turris and Bonino, and Fisher is back in the mix as added insurance.
Hartman was brought in via Chicago on deadline day for added scoring, with the Predators having recorded a ninth-ranked 191 goals through 61 games, but with a good chunk coming from the defense.
The highly touted prospect Tolvanen may be an X-factor if he signs his entry-level deal for the balance of the season, but, as it stands, the Jets are stronger up front.
Nashville's defense corps is widely regarded as the best around the NHL, and for good reason.
The Predators are allowing a league-low 2.46 goals per game this season, and everyone but Emelin and Weber boasts a positive Corsi rating at even strength, indicating good puck movement and an ability to keep it away from Rinne.
The Jets, however, aren't far behind. Winnipeg is allowing only 2.61 goals per game (fifth-lowest), as well as one shot per game less than Nashville (31.4 as compared to 32.4).
On top of that, their top six all boast positive Corsi ratings at even strength, and seventh man Chiarot is almost level.
Offensively, however, Nashville gets a big boost thanks to 15 goals from Subban and 10 from Josi. Here are the respective contributions from each team:
Altogether, based on excellence at both ends of the ice, Nashville gets the edge on defense.
Rinne played some of the best hockey of his life in backstopping the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final last year, posting a .930 save percentage over 22 games. So far this season, he hasn't tailed off, with a 32-9-4 record and .929 save percentage.
Hellebuyck has an almost identical record (32-9-8) with a slightly lower save percentage (.924), and while he's living up to the billing of one of the game's best young goalies, he brings zero NHL postseason experience to the table.
The Jets may have the better long-term option, but based on the current levels of play, Rinne's run a year ago, and the defense immediately in front of him, the edge in net right now goes to Nashville.
Winnipeg's forward group is as deep and talented as it gets, but Nashville gets the edge on defense and in net, thereby setting the Predators up for the best chance of representing the West once again in the final.
The Jets deserve a lot of credit. They do have a young goalie they're confident in, but they know Nashville has the best defense, so coming out of nowhere and acquiring Stastny is a move they needed to make, especially after missing out on Derick Brassard.
If these teams do indeed meet in the playoffs, bank on the series going the distance.
Chicago is also sending a fifth-round 2018 pick to Nashville, and is receiving a 2018 first-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick, and forward Victor Ejdsell.
Hartman, 23, is in his second full NHL season after being drafted 30th overall in 2013. He recorded 19 goals and 12 assists in 76 appearances as a rookie in 2016-17, but has managed only eight goals and 17 assists in 57 games this season.
He's set to become a restricted free agent this summer.
The Predators no longer own a first- or second-round pick in this year's draft, while the Blackhawks are now well stocked to fill the pipeline:
In Moutrey, Ottawa gets a 22-year-old forward who was drafted 105th overall (fourth round) in 2013. He has three goals and three assists in 22 games for the AHL's Cleveland Monsters this season, and will be assigned to the Senators' minor-league affiliate in Belleville.
Cole is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.