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Three Things The Maple Leafs Need To Work On Before The Playoffs

Published March 28, 2023 at 11:35
BY JULIEN TREKKER

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a respectable March performance, holding a 6-4-1 record and ranking second in the Atlantic Division. Despite their current standings, they must address three key areas to strengthen their postseason prospects: mitigating turnovers, establishing a consistent lineup, and adopting the right mindset.

Three Things The Maple Leafs Need To Work On Before The Playoffs



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Turnovers have been a significant issue for the Maple Leafs this season. Recent games against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, and New York Islanders exemplify the need for smarter puck management. By reducing unforced errors and making better decisions, the team can avoid costly mistakes that may jeopardize their playoff chances.



Since the trade deadline, head coach Sheldon Keefe has been experimenting with lineups due to injuries and new additions. However, it's crucial to solidify a consistent lineup for the playoffs, fostering familiarity and chemistry among players. Former Maple Leaf Jay Rosehill suggests that Keefe should establish a lineup and stick with it to enhance cohesion and performance.

Lastly, adopting the right mindset is essential for playoff success. The team must use past failures as motivation and focus on their work ethic and approach on the ice. With a solid roster, improved goaltending, and the necessary grit, the Maple Leafs have the potential to excel in the postseason. To prove they can compete against formidable opponents like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins, they must consistently demonstrate their readiness for the playoffs.

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