The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a decent offensive team up to this point in the 2013 season.
James Reimer has looked solid in net for the Buds as well.
The team defense on the other hand has been one of the worst defensive corps in the NHL.
Despite the excellent play of Reimer, the Leafs still rank among the bottom third of the league when it comes to goals against per game, tied for eighth worst allowing 3.00 goals per game.
They're also 11th worst when it comes to shots against per game, with opponents peppering over 30 shots a contest on the Leafs' netminders.
On the penalty-killing front? They're also among the bottom third of NHL clubs, killing just 75.9 percent of their penalties through nine games.
Having Mark Fraser penciled into the lineup on a regular basis is killing this team. With two fighters and tough guys up front (Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr), there is no need for Fraser to be playing regular minutes on the back end.
As for the top pairing, both Dion Phaneuf and Mike Kostka have looked terrible, with each making a slew of errors game in, game out. Some of that is attributable to the fact that Randy Carlyle is playing each of them for about 25 minutes per game, but they both need to step up their game if this team expects to return to the postseason for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
Mike Kostka cannot play more than 18 minutes per night. The experiment is over; he is not a top-pairing defenseman and Randy Carlyle must adjust his lineup as such.
Dion Phaneuf has the potential to be one of the game's top blueliners, but he hasn't been good since the All-Star break last season. Reducing his minutes and the burden on his shoulders is also a must.