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The Leafs will need a much better penalty kill this season.
While the Leafs' power play performed well in the 2011-12 season, finishing in the NHL's Top 10 in efficiency, the penalty kill did not.
After a horrible start to the season in this category, the beginning of the second half saw quite a bit of a turnaround, but it is still the overall number that stands out.
Ranked 28th in the NHL, the Leafs' penalty-killing unit held teams scoreless just 77.3 percent of the time. Despite the fact that the Leafs were not a team to take a lot of penalties, this number is still much lower than it needs to be.
Whether the issue is one of personnel, the strategy employed or a combination of both, coach Randy Carlyle will have the chance to figure it out in his first full season as head coach.
Either way, one thing is for certain. If the Leafs have plans of getting back into the playoff picture, finishing near the bottom of the league in penalty kill is not a way to do it.