If the Toronto Maple Leafs plan on grasping what vestiges remain of their faint playoff hopes, they will have to get back to the basics and pay close attention to certain details.
Since head coach Randy Carlyle took over behind the bench, Toronto has undergone some significant changes. The days of wide-open, high-risk offense have been set aside in favor of controlled, low-risk defensive hockey.
But unfortunately the learning curb is steep, as is evident from the lack of wins produced by the Leafs since the arrival of their new coach.
It goes without saying that, with the playoffs just around the corner, time is not a luxury.
With this in mind, the following is a list of 10 specific details that Toronto will need to hone in on should they have any hope of salvaging a playoff spot this season.
Please be aware that this article was written when the Leafs still had a good chance to make the playoffs, but it now seems highly unlikely. However, these changes can and must be implemented by Toronto in the years to come should they have any hope of ending their playoff drought.