The Leafs still had plenty to play for when they took on the Lightning on Tuesday night which left Randy Carlyle with some interesting roster decisions.
Trying to find the balance between finishing the season strong to perhaps improve their standing in the Eastern Conference and preparing for the playoffs next week, the Leafs came up mostly flat in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On one hand, Carlyle stuck with James Reimer in net, making sure his top goaltender gets the necessary work as the team aimed to win out for the possibility of home ice in the first round. On the other hand, for the first time all season, both of his muscle men — Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren — were held out of the lineup and in their place, a fourth line of Matt Frattin, Joe Colborne and Clarke MacArthur got some work.
So why the change? Relax fight fans.