Maple Leafs in desperate need of secondary scoring

From left, Joffrey Lupul, Mason Raymond and Nazem Kadri have been finding the net too infrequently...

From left, Joffrey Lupul, Mason Raymond and Nazem Kadri have been finding the net too infrequently over the past 20 games or so. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Terry Koshan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs are in dire need of secondary scoring, which is not peeling back the cover on a well-kept secret.

Don’t worry if you’re Troy Bodie or Carl Gunnarsson or Tim Gleason. It was nice that each of you, in a rare bit of production, managed to put the puck in the net during the four-game trip last week.

But it’s not something that is expected from you on a regular basis, and any time it happens, it’s a bonus.

The Leafs, who will return to practice at the MasterCard Centre on Monday after having Sunday off, have 28 games remaining.

And if this team has true designs on a playoff spot, where it’s likely that nothing will be guaranteed until the final week of the 2013-14 regular season, some players who have been stuck in a dry rut will have no choice but to find a way out of it.

This means you, Nazem Kadri, owner of three goals in your past 25 games; and you, Joffrey Lupul, with five in 20; and you, Mason Raymond, with three in the past 26 games.


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