Leafs' winning streak on the line in Vegas and you won't like who's officiating

Published February 22, 2024 at 7:14 PM

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Las Vegas to face-off against the Golden Knights in a Thursday tilt on the second half of a back-to-back. It will need to be all hands on deck tonight, because not only is Toronto going up against one of the top teams in the West, they will have to contend with a familiar face officiating in Wes McCauley.

The last time the Maple Leafs found themselves on the ice being officiated by Wes McCauley, was back on November 2nd against the Boston Bruins when forward Brad Marchand got away scot-free after taking defenseman Timothy Liljegren out of the game, which led to the Swedish blueliner missing 17 games with a high-ankle sprain.

There have been plenty of theories over the years that the NHL referee has a conflict of interest with Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe. Regardless if you read into it or not and choose whether or not to believe it, what can be proven is Wes McCauley tends to put the whistle away against Toronto while letting the opposing teams get away with more.

This has been seen in the playoffs during multiple series over the years. The Maple Leafs are 0-9 when Wes McCauley is officiating their playoff games. His questionable calls and non calls were most recently featured last playoffs when Toronto went against Tampa Bay and Florida.

Whether or not it's been a coincidence over the years or if McCauley really does have it out for the Maple Leafs, they'll need all hands on deck tonight against a Vegas Golden Knights team that are 19-8-2 on home ice.
February 22   |   637 answers
Leafs' winning streak on the line in Vegas and you won't like who's officiating

Do you think Wes McCauley has beef with the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Yes, he shouldn't ref Leaf games46172.4 %
No, it's all a coincidence457.1 %
NHL officiating should be looked into13120.6 %
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