The Toronto Maple Leafs and their coach Randy Carlyle are likely going to relish an opportunity to have a respite during the brief NHL break this week. The Leafs play on December 23 and not again until December 27.
With a number of injuries to key players, and the team struggling to find some consistency, a break might help to cure some of what ails the up-and-down Leafs.
There have been bright spots this season.
The Leafs goaltending duo has been very good for most of the season, captain Dion Phaneuf has been great in logging a lot of tough minutes and the play from some promising young Leafs like Peter Holland and Morgan Rielly should have fans excited about the future.
But what we want to look at are the top items on Randy Carlyle's Christmas wish list as the team heads into 2014 and what the Leafs hope is a successful run to the playoffs.