Maple Leafs' witching hour

Darcy Tucker talked about his rehab earlier this week. (SUN/Craig Robertson)

Darcy Tucker talked about his rehab earlier this week. (SUN/Craig Robertson)

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 5:44 PM ET

The Hockey Horror Picture Show played downtown on Monday, ending with a crowd shouting "boo" on cue every time the spooked Maple Leafs appeared.

The 13-game mark and Halloween eve seems the appropriate time to dig up the book on the Leafs, who've been playing trick or treat with fans all month with maddening hot-and-cold, home-and-road play. And in the spirit of the season, we suggest the appropriate costume this evening:

CAPTAIN MATS SUNDIN

TRICK: Dubious own-zone coverage.

TREAT: Off to his best start as a Leaf with 19 points.

COSTUME: Captain Stubing, skipper of the Love Boat.

JASON BLAKE

TRICK: On pace for just half of last year's 40 goals.

TREAT: Playing with an edge, despite serious illness.

COSTUME: Bart Simpson.

TOMAS KABERLE AND PAVEL KUBINA

TRICK: Puck-handling gaffes on the rise, especially Kubina.

TREAT: Seventeen combined points.

COSTUME: SNL's Festrunk Brothers, those wild and crazy guys from Czechoslovakia.

VESA TOSKALA

TRICK: Home wrecker.

TREAT: Road warrior.

COSTUME: Jason Voorhees, the goalie-masked slasher from Friday the 13th. Next victim? His own defencemen.

NIK ANTROPOV

TRICK: Cement skates.

TREAT: Fighting for NHL plus/minus lead.

COSTUME: Lurch, the valet from the Addams Family.

ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY

TRICK: Can't bury linemate's great passes.

TREAT: Clears out the corners.

COSTUME: Arnold Schwarzenegger, circa The Terminator.

CHAD KILGER

TRICK: Could not sustain a strong training camp.

TREAT: Big shot, big shoulders.

COSTUME: What's My Line? alumnus Soupy Sales.

IAN WHITE

TRICK: No assists yet this year.

TREAT: Getting more power-play time with McCabe out.

COSTUME: Tiny terror Stewie from Family Guy.

BRYAN MCCABE

TRICK: Still buffaloed by fateful own-goal.

TREAT: Can still shoot and lay on the body.

COSTUME: Just a sheet over his head to conceal himself in public.

MATT STAJAN, ALEX STEEN AND JOHN POHL

TRICK: Often play like rookies.

TREAT: Often play like veterans.

COSTUMES: Interchangeable Joker, Riddler and Penguin.

HAL GILL

TRICK: Glacial speed a detriment.

TREAT: Good reach, draws hard-checking jobs, five-on-three specialist.

COSTUME: Spiderman.

DARCY TUCKER

TRICK: Injuries have hampered his physical game.

TREAT: Maintains a scoring touch.

COSTUME: Ditched Sideshow Bob for Tasmanian Devil.

ANDREW RAYCROFT

TRICK: Can't get on a roll, missed chance to be No. 1.

TREAT: Can't hurt to be pushed by Toskala.

COSTUME: Inherited Antropov's old pinata outfit.

KYLE WELLWOOD AND CARLO COLAIACOVO

TRICK: Can't stay healthy.

TREAT: No. 2 centre and top-six defenceman.

COSTUME: Frodo/The Mummy.

COACH PAUL MAURICE

TRICK: Players tune him out on defence.

TREAT: Players tune him in on offence.

COSTUME: Teemu Selanne.

GM JOHN FERGUSON

TRICK: His trades and free agents mostly ineffective.

TREAT: Entire roster about three weeks from full health.

COSTUME: Gene Wilder's Young Frankenstein: "Give my creation LIFE!"


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