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Randy Carlyle wants the Leafs to work harder…and sounds pretty serious about it

Nov 7, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Toronto’s hockey team may be taking a back seat to its mayor today, but that didn’t stop Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle from delivering a warning of sorts to his players.

“Our level of work has to go up,” said Carlyle, per TSN 1050’s Jonas Siegel. “We’ve stated that and we’ve [told] our players that the message is going to start to be delivered in a different manner if we’re not going to get the results that we’re looking for.”

Carlyle added: “It’s not just about wins, it’s about how we play.”

It’s no secret the Leafs (10-5-0) have been outshot in all but two of their games this season (especially for those who read PHT). That lack of consistent puck possession finally caught up to them Saturday in Vancouver, where they lost 4-0 to the Canucks while getting outshot badly, 47-21.

“It was a terrible game for us,” Carlyle said. “Probably the worst game we have played this year.”

While it’s not entirely clear what he meant by “the message is going to start to be delivered in a different manner,” whatever he meant, his players should be aiming for a better effort when they host New Jersey tomorrow.

With injuries to centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland, James van Riemsdyk, normally a winger, was between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul on the top line today at practice. Jerred Smithson, signed yesterday for the rest of the season, centered the fourth line.

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  1. withseidelinn - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    The percentage of shots that are taken below the hash marks (closer to the net) that go in compared to the percentage that are taken above the hash marks is substantial.The leafs have been limiting teams all year to shooting from far out and closer to the blue line. Unless it’s a point shot into traffic or a deflection, the chances of these shots going in is very low. Part of the reason Reimer and Bernier have such good stats. Lots of shots, but easy ones to save.

  2. kingjoffrey19 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Ouch….without Bolland and Bozak that lineup doesn’t look too pretty

  3. sjtorpitt - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Top two lines are still very good. The first line should be deadly…

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