The Maple Leafs saw their first loss in the Sheldon Keefe era last night, as a horrendous second period cost them the game. It wasn’t all on Hutchinson, but he also could’ve been better and helped them out, so maybe Freddie will provide that stability tonight.
Anyway, here’s five things to watch for…
1. How will Keefe react?
I made this point in my postgame last night, but one thing that will be interesting is how Keefe reacts to his first NHL loss, especially one that saw such a terrible second period play out. Will he stay the course (since it worked for three games beforehand) or will he change things up?
Personally, I think he shouldn’t do too much to change what’s been working, aside from…
2. How will Keefe adjust the rosters?
At the time of writing this, there are no official lineups for tonight, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Will he rotate out some of the fringe players to give them rest? Will he give older guys like Spezza a day off? Only time will tell.
Also, what will the ice time look like? Will he lean on his stars …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation