Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
In what may be looked back on as the worst week of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to lose four games in seven nights.
On Saturday the Leafs took on the Rangers, losing 7-1. Three nights later, John Tavares and the Islanders scoring five on an obviously rattled Jonathan Bernier for a 5-3 win. 24 hours after that, away from home and looking to rebound in the pressure free environment that is Raleigh, North Carolina, the Leafs (now with James Reimer manning the crease) would surrender six for their third blowout loss in a row. After their loss to the Canes, the Leafs fell out of a playoff spot for the first time in nearly a calendar year. After essentially rolling over to their previous opponents, the Leafs would show some grit against the Washington Capitals. but it was all for naught, as the Leafs fell 3-2 in the tightly contested match.
It appears the Leafs are in the midst, or perhaps at the lowest point, of another mid-season collapse that could dash all playoff hopes for the Toronto faithful.
Here are some interesting statistics to encapsulate how badly the Leafs have been as of late:
Here's the Leafs performance since the start of November along with the rest of the NHL. 27 teams have gained ground. pic.twitter.com/3VUcAgzFh9
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 10, 2014
Final 31 games under Ron Wilson: 13-15-3, 29 points (13 ROW). Past 31 games under Randy Carlyle: 11-15-5, 27 points (5 ROW).
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) January 10, 2014
Across social media, one message seemed to be constant: Fire Randy Carlyle. The common complaints have to do with Carlyle’s roster decisions: Scratching Jake Gardiner in exchange for Mark Fraser, playing Peter Holland on the fourth line with two fighters who rarely fight, and putting Tim Gleason in a top pairing role where the veteran d-man will likely not be able to keep up with the high quality of competition.
The Leafs are back in action tomorrow night against the New Jersey Devils.