Maple Leafs a team still searching for an identity

David Clarkson skates at Maple Leafs practice on Monday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

David Clarkson skates at Maple Leafs practice on Monday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

Through 20 games, the Maple Leafs are a team on pace for a 100-plus point season.

They are a team that gets outshot most nights and on enough of those, still manage to find a way to win.

They are a team that has seen hot goaltending trump an absurd mix of suspensions and injuries to high-profile players to remain squarely in the realigned playoff mix a quarter of the way through the NHL schedule.

But what are they really?

When he finds out, coach Randy Carlyle will let you know.

“We don’t feel that we have played a stretch of games outside of three or four that we can say, ‘That’s the type of team we are,’” Carlyle said following Monday’s practice at the Mastercard Centre. “We haven’t created our identity yet.”


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