Pathetic, really. Read MoreLeafs, Andersen mail it in, head off to bye week with dismal loss to Blackhawks — Toronto Sun
By Terry Koshan
The Maple Leafs slinked into their bye week on Saturday night and said bye-bye to their playoff spot.
The aim for many players as they get away from their livelihoods is to forget about work and relax, but we’re not sure how that can be possible for the Leafs considering their recent play.
Once the Leafs return from the break on Jan. 27 in Nashville to start a two-game trip, they’re going to try to put behind them the first true skid in the Sheldon Keefe era.
The Leafs were on auto pilot before 19,502 at Scotiabank Arena, losing 6-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As such, the Leafs will scatter for warmer climates with just one win in six games, going 1-3-2. This after Toronto won nine of 10.
And worse: The Leafs have fallen out of a playoff spot, sitting in fourth in the Atlantic Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference.
“It’s not a good feeling,” captain John Tavares said. “We have to dig down and ask ourselves where we want to get to and how bad that we want to get there.
“Everyone is invested 100%, but when we have games like this, it gets in the way of us building what we want to build.”
The concern around No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen continues to grow, and never mind that he’s going to represent the Leafs, along with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, at the all-star game in St. Louis.