Leafs fans were thrilled to see the month of October come to an end. They started off the season without winger Zach Hyman and defenseman Travis Dermott due to injuries and lost Captain John Tavares in mid-October due to a broken finger. Also, starting goaltender Frederik Andersen has had awful numbers in the month of October throughout his career.

November hits and the Leafs get Travis Dermott back in the lineup. They also made the media aware that John Tavares would be returning the next game and Zach Hyman is active at practice and is nearing a return.

The Leafs start off the month of November red hot going 3-0-0 in the first three games. Frederik Andersen looked to be back to his usual self, surrendering just 5 goals in his first 3 games in November while posting a sensational .951 save percentage in those 3 games. It was officially reported that Zach Hyman was to return to the Leafs lineup next week and all looked good in Leaf land.

Except in the very next game against the Flyers, everything went south in a hurry.

During the 2nd period against the Flyers, Mitch Marner fell awkwardly and crawled to the bench in considerable discomfort. It was announced that the star winger sustained an ankle injury and will be sidelined a minimum of 4 weeks. Marner has led the Leafs in both assists and points the past 2 seasons.

Fast forward a few days later and the Leafs announce that 3rd line centre Alex Kerfoot sustained facial injuries which required surgery and would be sidelined indefinitely.

And just as things looked as if they couldn’t get any worse, 24-year-old Trevor Moore, who has yet to play 50 games in the NHL, collided with Bruins’ forward Chris Wagner during the first period against Boston on Friday night. Moore went to the locker room and it was later announced that he sustained a shoulder injury and would not return.

After three straight wins to begin the month of November, the Leafs went on to lose the next four games which most recently included a 4-2 loss at the hands of their divisional rival the Boston Bruins on Friday night. The Leafs have also lost three of their key players to injury during the losing streak.

There’s no question the Leafs have had bad luck to start the season with the injury bug that is going around. However, the last thing the Leafs should do now is feel sorry for themselves. If they truly are cup contenders like many analysts thought they were at the start of the season, they need to overcome these obstacles.

If there’s one thing the Leafs do not lack, its depth at the forward position. You have three leafs forwards that all went down to injury within a span of a week but what a great opportunity this will be for some other players to slot into the lineup and prove their worth.

Former Ottawa Senators’ captain and current Leafs’ depth player Jason Spezza now has a spot on the roster. Spezza was rumoured to not being happy with his lack of playing time after being scratched on numerous occasions. The former all-star who is sitting on 919 career points wants to prove to the Leafs’ organization that he’s still got plenty left in the tank at 36 years of age.

The Leafs also have 24-year-old Nic Petan who has played just 12 games for the Leafs since being acquired last season. Petan has absolutely dominated in the AHL this season picking up 7 points in 3 games with the Marlies. Petan was a man playing among boys in the minors and wants nothing more than to prove his worth at the NHL level.

The Leafs have the skill, the talent and the depth to turn this season around. If they are truly a contender they will overcome adversity and battle hard in these upcoming games despite the loss of three of their key players. The Leafs turn their focus towards their next opponent, the 2016 and 2017 Stanley cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.