Friday, February 3, 2017

Leafs' last two games bring a new perspective

Have the Leafs come back down to earth? The last two games in Dallas and St. Louis, the Leafs were running like a chicken with its head cut off. Or if you prefer, like the Keystone Cops.

The defense looked tentative, unsure of themselves. They looked like a young, clumsy defense. Obviously, I am not saying it's time to blow the team up. I am saying maybe we should cool our jets.

The Leafs are a young team still trying to find their identity. They are a fast young team who have the ability to play with the big boys.

Babcock has to bring in the troops; he has to get back to where they were. He will have to figure out what went wrong. The last two games were helter skelter. All of a sudden, the Leafs have shown their youth.

We have to get back to the basics. Defense first; the offense will take care of itself. Stop passing the puck blindly and start thinking ahead. The defense is a task done by committee. It is everyone's responsibility. There are way too many breakaways and two-on-ones in the game. Anderson might have been weak in the Stars game, but the Blues game he had no support. For this team to be successful, that has to stop.

Babcock has to put his ship back in order.