There is just over a month of play left in the regular season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs currently occupy the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference; just three points behind the eighth-place Winnipeg Jets.
After a hot start this season, the Maple Leafs have returned back to their usual standard of mediocrity, and once again find themselves on the outside looking in heading in on the stretch run of the season.
There are many issues and concerns with this club right now, and they will need to address several of them if they hope to make the playoffs when April rolls around.
With the trade deadline looming, as well as a below-average race for the final playoff spot, the Leafs have a good chance of making the postseason if they can generate some momentum over their remaining games.
However, if they are to turn this season into a success, they must come together as a team and solve what has been ailing them for most of the year.
Here are five crucial adjustments the Maple Leafs must make if they hope to reach the playoffs this season.