Maple Leafs call up John-Michael Liles ahead of game versus Senators

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles takes part in practice at the MasterCard Centre...

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles takes part in practice at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Dec. 4, 2013. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:48 AM ET

TORONTO - It changes by the day, but Randy Carlyle's wish list is never left wanting.

How about a healthy centre (or two, or three?)

How about a game without turnovers or one when the shot clock is at least in the same time zone as the opponent?

Or how about a tighter, tougher overall game such as the one that was evolving at points in last year's lockout-shortened season?

On Friday, the Maple Leafs coach prepared for a weekend divisional double-date -- in Ottawa to face the Alfie-less Sens on Saturday and back home to play host to the Bruins on Sunday -- with a new, seemingly simple request:

Somebody, anybody, get the puck out of the Leafs end.

With the blueline struggling to go forward, the Leafs have summoned veteran John-Michael Liles from the Marlies to help. And if the Leafs can finally move up ice with some ease, at least the opposition won't be peppering James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier to the brink of submission every night.


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