Top 5 Leafs tasks this week

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 PM ET

TORONTO - 1. De-claw the Cats After last making the playoffs in 2000, when most of this Leaf roster was not even in the NHL, the Panthers come in over .500 on the road and playing better defence. There is a chance that ex-Leaf Scott Clemmensen, who stopped 31 of 32 shots Saturday in a re-hab assignment against the Marlies on Saturday, could be recalled to face their parent team. Before Sunday’s home game against Tampa Bay, another ex-Leaf, Kris Versteeg, was Florida’s leading scorer with 12 points in 12 games, clearly thriving under old Chicago boss Dale Tallon. 2. Avoid the Mississippi mud Thursday will be a rare trip to play the St. Louis Blues. The road has been fairly good to the Leafs so far, but there’s another former Leaf in top scorer Alex Steen (inset) who will relish the chance for more payback. But the man the Leafs should really wach is Toronto-born forward Chris Stewart, well off his point-a-game pace when he joined the Blues last year from Colorado. The Blues are another team that can’t spin its wheels and miss the playoffs this year. Recent speculation has them making a move with their defensive depth to add more scoring. 3. Colborne airborne? Scoring wasn’t a problem for the Leafs in the first 14 games of the season, at least until Saturday’s 7-0 loss to Boston. But it’s getting hard to ignore what American Hockey League October player of the month Joe Colborne is doing with the Marlies. He has 19 points in 11 games and with almost the whole team gone cold on the Texas road trip with Joey Crabb called up, Colborne is finding a way to fill the net. If there’s any sustained scoring slump on the Leafs that affects their standing, they’ll have to find a hole for the 6-foot-5 Colborne. 4. Hall monitoring Hockey royalty begins arriving in Toronto this week for the Hall of Fame Game on Saturday against Ottawa, leading to Monday’s induction ceremonies. This year is a real maple-flavoured menu with Doug Gilmour, Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk and former Marlie Mark Howe. The Air Canada Centre crowd will likely blow the roof off for No. 93 and with so few recent memories to celebrate, the Leafs had better ride that wave to a good start against Ottawa. 5. Power up against the Senators The Leafs have hit a bump in the Northeast Division after winning three of the first four. The ghost of Kaspars Daugavins still haunts Jonas Gustavsson after the rookie’s first NHL goal on a weak shot pulled out a 3-2 win on Oct. 30 at Scotiabank Place. Where the Leafs had better get their act together in on special teams. Already last in penalty killing and power play, a 1-for-6 outing in Ottawa on the power play dropped them to 4-for-33 in the past seven Battles of Ontario.

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