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Maple Leafs Resisting Urge to Coast into the Playoffs

Although the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff spot is likely solidified, there’s reason for the team to enter the playoffs hot. Why is that so?

As the regular season reaches its final stretch, the Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves in a position where their playoff fate is essentially sealed. With little room for movement in the standings, the temptation to coast through the last 10 games might be strong. However, this period presents a critical time for the team. It’s a chance to build momentum, refine the team’s skills, and solidify their systems for postseason success.

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Competing Each Game Without an Eye on the Standings

Watching Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe at work since the New Jersey Devils game, it’s easy to see how strongly he’s emphasizing that the team plays with urgency and consistency. It’s clear from his actions that Keefe recognizes that maintaining a high level of play in these remaining games is essential. If the team does not end the regular season well, it risks entering the playoffs without the necessary momentum to carry it forward.

Simon Benoit will be a part of the Maple Leafs playoff defensive core.

Each game remaining on the schedule offers unique chances for the Maple Leafs. It’s not just about the wins and losses, because these essentially won’t matter to the final standings. Rather, the last 10 games are about addressing areas of improvement, enhancing the team’s game plan, and bolstering their confidence. Can the team establish its mojo entering the postseason?

Regardless of the opponent’s strength, the Maple Leafs must approach every game with the same intensity and commitment to excellence. Additionally, over these final 10 games, the focus should extend beyond the core players. It’s an opportunity to integrate depth players into expanded roles, tighten up defensively, and fine-tune the special teams.

If these things happen, the Maple Leafs can build a winning mentality and competitive spirit that will serve them well in the playoffs.

The Next 10 Games Are a Chance for Young Players to Show Up

The real opportunity will be for the team’s youngsters. It could be a period that provides a valuable chance for young players to gain experience at the NHL level. Because injuries to Maple Leafs regulars have opened spots in the lineup, it has also allowed depth players to see more game action. These opportunities will be invaluable for their development in the long term. As well, additional experience could also prove crucial in the postseason. Who knows what might happen?

Ultimately, the Maple Leafs must resist the urge to coast into the postseason. Instead, they should push hard to end the season on a hot streak. Maintaining focus, intensity, and commitment to improvement will allow the team to enter the playoffs with the confidence and momentum needed to make a deep postseason run.

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  1. Roy James Peters

    March 30, 2024 at 11:47 am

    Tampa has picked up there game if the Leafs don’t play with playoff intensity Tampa will pass them in the standings.

  2. Jon Harding

    March 30, 2024 at 9:27 pm

    It’s a Sheldon Keefe-coined cliche now and a mature team would see it the same way you do Old Prof. With this group, always a work in progress it seems, we’ll see. As I’ve said many times here and there in the past, no NHL team takes shifts, periods and games off with such gusto as this lot. Monday – another dreaded Monday night home tilt (so tedious!) – we’ll see if they act like professionals and put in the effort against Florida. I’d love to be surprised.

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