Last evening was ugly.
So we requested our workers:
What can we do to repair it, and can the Leafs actually win this collection?
The PK was poor final evening and that wants addressing shortly. I didn’t get pleasure from the efficiency of the fourth line both. With Kadri’s probably suspension I might put Plekanec on the third line and put Moore in the centre on the fourth with Johnsson on the wing. Komarov could be scratched which is ok as he was poor final evening.
Final level is that I do know Babs likes his 4 traces however typically he was giving the fourth line defensive attracts at vital moments. That simply appeared foolish to me.
The secret is to not panic. I wouldn’t even think about altering the lineup at this level in the collection. Babcock wants to repair quite a lot of utilization points, however in any other case I believe it’s vital to bounce again emotionally and see what that will get you earlier than pulling the plug on what simply yesterday you thought was your greatest group of 18 skaters.
I need to shout cliches about enjoying their very own sport, however truthfully I don’t suppose they ever actually embrace enjoying their very own sport. The Leafs are deep with quick, expert gamers who might overrun and put on down the Bruins protection, and as a substitute we’re going to spend the subsequent couple of days debating whether or not Komarov ought to lick Marchand again. Clearly the Leafs protection in it’s present state is crappy. At least on one facet. Maybe deal with the offense which has the potential to be uncrappy, even when it was crappy on Thursday evening.
With the upcoming Kadri suspension, I suppose the lineup change will likely be computerized and features should be shuffled. Johnsson will almost certainly be coming in (god, I hope), and that may create a pleasant little offensive enhance. But apart from that, I actually don’t suppose there must be a lot of a gameplan change, there have been key scoring probabilities that simply didn’t go our method and will have modified the dynamic of that sport. We’ll be positive.
The one factor the Leafs have to do in a different way is for Babcock to comprehend that his toys have to cease being his toys. Whether it was the Hainsey/Polak particular on the penalty kill, Komarov on the energy play, Hainsey on the prime pair, or matching the fourth line in opposition to the Bergeron line, every little thing that Babcock thought labored throughout the common season was uncovered by Boston in spherical 1. He appeared to note a few of these points (he began enjoying Dermott on the PK after the first two PP objectives for Boston), but it surely’d be nice if he might make a pair shake ups to the line up, akin to bringing in Johnsson instead of Leo, and at this level, I’d think about rotating Hainsey and Carrick, as a result of Hainsey has began to point out some fatigue in these previous few months (would’ve been nice if the Leafs had some late season meaningless video games as a chance to scratch him in, wouldn’t it), so giving him some relaxation would possibly assist his total efficiency. If Kadri will get suspended, I’d put Nylander at C and put Johnsson in his place with Matthews.
Some would possibly say I’m overreacting to at least one playoff loss, however this has been a pattern for nearly the whole 12 months, and Boston picked up on it and uncovered it, so it wants to vary, in any other case Babcock will likely be teaching the Leafs to a fast collection.