HBO cameras soon to descend on reeling Leafs

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle stands behind the bench during Saturday night's losing effort in...

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle stands behind the bench during Saturday night's losing effort in Montreal. Toronto finished its three-game road trip without a win. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency)

Lance Hornby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

TORONTO -- When HBO cameras descend on the Maple Leafs in the coming days, ahead of the Winter Classic, count on Randy Carlyle, Dave Nonis and many players spouting beads of high-definition sweat.

And it won’t just be the residue from game action.

One look at how the Leafs have tumbled in the past month and what awaits in December should provide plenty of realistic footage of a team on edge.

The Leafs ended November mired in a four-game losing streak, looking worse instead of better as five games in eight nights wrapped up in Montreal with a 4-2 loss. Coach Carlyle, who thought he had a defensive template that everyone bought into, is now trying to rope in the strays, while his special teams are getting burned with regularity.

Up front, a lack of pucks on net and crease crashing have rendered the Leafs with two or less goals in the past six games. When it scored five against Pittsburgh, Toronto blew a 4-1 lead and lost in overtime.


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