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Sports Leafs are dealing with the usual suspects as they come out of first slump

09:31  14 october  2019
09:31  14 october  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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The Toronto Maple Leafs might not have matched their high expectations over the first six games of the season, but they’re not that far off.

The Leafs have overcome their first performance hurdle, ending a three-game winless streak Saturday night with solid goaltending and heroics from the forwards who make up their bottom six.

If the Leafs can get their top six in order, and play with greater consistency in their own zone, they’ll be a force to reckon with in the East again. But there’s still work to do.

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Here is what we’ve learned so far:

The defence

If the Leafs are to become the team they believe they are, they’ll need to tackle the age-old problem of consistency in their own zone. Right now, the Leafs are dangerous when the have the puck and vulnerable when they don’t.

They’re not an overly physical team, and can have difficulty with a good forechecking team. The Leafs aim to beat that with speed and puck movement, but that can’t be executed 100 per cent of the time. More communication — and more effort from the forwards in helping the team become a five-man unit in its own zone —will help. And that should come with more games.

If the Leafs don’t show improvement in their own zone soon, the critics will be after GM Kyle Dubas again. Is this blue-line corps, with newcomers Cody Ceci, Tyson Barrie and teenager Rasmus Sandin, better than last year’s version, which included Nikita Zaitsev, Ron Hainsey and Jake Gardiner?

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The goaltending

Frederik Andersen, with a 3.38 goals-against average and .886 save percentage, isn’t off to the greatest of starts but that’s not unusual. Those numbers aren’t that different from his first two Octobers in Toronto (3.67, .876 in 2016; and 3.46, .896 in 2017) and he still finished with a .918 save percentage both seasons. Andersen is still working out positioning and communication with a new group. And take away that seven-goal game against Tampa Bay, and his numbers look a whole lot better.

He’s the least of the team’s worries at this point.

The teenager

Sandin, who won’t be 20 until March, is approaching the 10-game mark, at which point certain conditions in his contract kick in. That could lead to talk about whether he is better served by playing on the Leafs’ third pairing or by perhaps dominating with the Marlies in a second AHL season.

He was soft positionally on Detroit’s two goals Saturday night, sparking talk that he’s not 100 per cent ready for the NHL. And Travis Dermott is due back from injury by the end of the month, which could affect Sandin’s status and playing time. Sandin will be battling for minutes with Justin Holl and Martin Marincin, two players who know what it’s like to play after going through long stretches as healthy scratches.

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Still, Sandin shows great hockey sense, he’s young and cheap, and he passed every test head coach Mike Babcock through at him in the pre-season. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to keep him aboard.

The coach

Babcock is certain to hear it from his detractors every time his team loses. He will be questioned on Sandin, on the makeup of his fourth line, on his team’s overall defence, on his relationship with management, and on his usage of his goaltenders and his star players. In his fifth season as the Leafs’ head coach, and still looking for his first series win in the playoffs, Babcock is on the hot seat more than ever.

Babcock remains a top-shelf coach, but there are still wrinkles to iron out with this team. The auditions for roster spots are ongoing, and the makeup of this team probably won’t feel settled until Dermott and forward Zach Hyman return from injuries. It’s fair to judge Babcock on a nightly basis, but the real evaluation of his work won’t come until after his forward lines and defensive unit are settled. After that, it will be about building towards the playoff and securing home-ice advantage. He’ll be judged there again.

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So long as I can keep out of the slump , which invariably comes with the end of the year. Like many people, I look back on the past year and measure But in a way, it’s more problematic now, because I’m out of practice, dealing with that stuff. And now when I fall prey to depression, it feels abnormal.

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But the post-season is a whole other animal; the Leafs and their coach need to get things right in the regular season first.

The power play

Babcock wants two loaded guns, ready to plug in, so that the second unit can step up if the top one isn’t performing well. That’s the grand design, but there’s a ways to go. Toronto has five goals in 23 power-play chances this season. They should be at least three goals better than that, but they continue to have problems with the opposition checking them aggressively in the neutral zone, and standing up at the blue line to prevent the Leafs entry.

There have been bright spots — Auston Matthews one-timing pucks from the wing, for one — but the numbers aren’t there yet. John Tavares, who had 10 goals with the man advantage last year, is still looking for his first this year after a move away from the goal crease.

It’s still early, of course, but that power play has to better sooner rather than later.

Mark Zwolinski is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @markzwol

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