Wilson: Players must solve it

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, Last Updated: 3:21 PM ET

Ron Wilson wouldn't mind seeing a fresh face or two in his lineup to snap the last-place team out of its latest funk.

For the time being though, what you see is what you get.

It doesn’t appear any serious changes can be made prior to tomorrow’s game against the high-powered Washington Capitals at the Air Canada Centre, even though the Leafs could use a major shakeup 20 games into what has already become a lost season.

But the team has no immediate plans to call anyone up from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, who are in Cleveland tonight to face the Lake Erie Monsters.

“It would give us a boost but because we are kind of limited, we can’t send anybody down,” Wilson said following today’s practice at the Mastercard Centre. “That’s what everybody doesn’t seem to realize.”

With his team still reeling from Thursday’s 6-5 shootout loss in Carolina - a gutting made all the more worse by the Hurricanes tying goal with three seconds remaining in regulation time - Wilson seems resolved to the fact that any solution must come from the players currently in the room.

Sending a veteran down to the farm would require them to clear waivers and that’s not a move general manager Brian Burke seems prepared to make just yet.

“That’s not my job, simple as that,” Wilson said when asked if any moves are imminent.

With five losses in a row, the Leafs appear to have hit rock bottom after losing to the Canes. Wilson stressed the poor second period in Carolina during today’s practice and the need for the staggering team to find it’s own knockout punch, especially after they let a 3-0 and 4-2 lead get away on Thursday.

“It’s not fun, I can tell you that,” Wilson said. “We have three wins in 20 games. My job is to not allow (players) to get discouraged.”

The only regular absent from today’s practice was forward Colton Orr who blocked a shot during Thursday’s game. Orr was getting x-rays done but is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow.

Wilson wouldn’t say whether rookie Jonas Gustavsson or Vesa Toskala would get the call in net. Toskala hasn’t started a game at the Air Canada Centre since Oct. 10 against Pittsburgh.


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