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Toronto Maple Leafs

Venue: Air Canada Centre | Coach: Randy Carlyle
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Maple Leafs2.93.0720.25%
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Six straight losses have had the jerseys raining down to the ice and the Maple Leafs seriously considering just how much of a rebuild is going to be required to make Toronto respectable again.
Things have gone from bad to worse since firing Randy Carlyle. The team is 1-6-0 under Peter Horachek. That's not necessarily an indictment of the head coach, so much as it is the lack of response from the Leafs players after the coaching change.
The coaching change could work as Peter Horachek has already made some noticeable changes. The systems and lineups have looked different, but it's hard to know just yet if they'll be successful. The Leafs are three points back of a playoff spot.
The Maple Leafs' recent tailspin cost head coach Randy Carlyle his job. With the team still in playoff position, however, a regime change might give Toronto a better chance to hang on. There are plenty of lineup issues, but this roster is certainly salvageable if they find the right coach.
The Leafs have had trouble holding leads and are at .500 over their past 10 games. They lead the NHL in goals scored (124), which continues to make make them a threat.
That 10-1-1 run the Leafs went on buys them some goodwill, but three consecutive ugly losses could dry that up really quickly. It's often unwise to get your hopes up about this club.
At some point, you just have to step back and appreciate what the Maple Leafs have done over the last month. That makes them the biggest riser this week, even if skepticism persists regarding Toronto's long-term outlook.
Since that embarrassing 9-2 loss to the Predators, the Maple Leafs have won 5 of 7 and are scoring in bunches. You never can tell with this team, but they're looking stronger.
The Maple Leafs are starting to look much better and the 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games is starting to make "Salute-Gate" and jersey tossing an increasingly distant memory.
The NHL's best soap opera followed up their two worst losses of the season with a pair of convincing wins. You really never can tell what this club is going to do next.
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The six-goal outburst against the Rangers showed what the Maple Leafs can look like when they play with pace and aggressiveness. They weren't as good as the scoreline suggested, but were so much better than their first two games.
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