Leafs' Kadri: 'We are playing for our lives'

Nazem Kadri during Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre Thursday, March 27, 2014....

Nazem Kadri during Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:22 PM ET

Put up or shut up.

A six-game losing streak has put the Maple Leafs into that position, and theyre fully aware that another loss will further diminish their playoff hopes.

With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Leafs have bumped up against a must-win situation on Friday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

(We have to) understand that this is desperation time and we are playing for our lives, so we have to go start acting like it, forward Nazem Kadri said after practice at the MasterCard Centre on Thursday.

We need some individuals to step up here in the next couple of games, which I think we will have. Those are games we know we can have. We are going to have to bring our best.

The Leafs wont have time to think once they depart Philly, as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

Since beating the Kings in Los Angeles on March 13, the Leafs have been stuck on 80 points. They have not lost seven consecutive games since October 2009, and their nine-point cushion in the Eastern Conference has disappeared.


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