With frustrated fans ready to torch their roster, the Maple Leafs need to light a fire under their bench at home.
Toronto has three Air Canada Centre games this week, to at least leave folks with something positive. They don’t need the added humiliation of playoff elimination in their own barn. It starts Tuesday as the Leafs try and halt their eight-game death spiral against Calgary.
“This sucks, but no use moping about it now,” said centre Nazem Kadri after Monday’s practice. “We have to get all these 12 points and put ourselves back in position where we still have a chance. That’s the positive. Even with the slide we’ve been on we have a chance to redeem ourselves.”
The Bruins are here Thursday and Winnipeg on the weekend.
Maybe we can afford one more loss, but we need a little bit of help, Kadri said.
As Detroit hammered the Leafs at the ACC on Saturday, the crowd anger was palpable. And 48 hours later with various media weighing in, it had grown worse.