Sad Stat Regarding The Leafs' Playoff Run.

Published September 21, 2020 at 2:25 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs had another disappointing end to their postseason once again this year. As exciting as their high flying offense is, the team just can't seem to get it done during the playoffs. Lack of defense, lack of Frederik Andersen showing up in big games, lack of grit during the postseason , everybody has their opinion on what the team lacks. While the first two can be debated on how they rely on each other, there's no denying that the Leafs don't bring the physical play during the playoffs. At a time where teams really step up their grinding and smash mouth play, the Leafs are invisible and the stats show it once again this year. Out of the 24 bubble teams, the Leafs ranked dead last for hits per 60 minutes with 19.The Dallas Stars rank first with 40.8 hits per 60 while their Stanley Cup finals opponent the Tampa Bay Lightning rank fifth with 38.62 hits per 60. With the Leafs having already decided they won't bring back Kyle Clifford, do you think the Leafs need to bring in some grinders or just continue with their high flying style?

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