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Keys To The Game: Leafs vs. Blues

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs wrap up their four-game road trip tonight with a date in St. Louis. Here are three keys for Toronto to avoid singing the Blues.

Set the tone early

In order to put the California nightmare to bed, an early goal in St. Louis is a must. The Leafs offence has been lacking and the opposition has been getting the jump on them. With one goal in the three games, a good start will give the group some much needed confidence. Toronto has been happy with their defensive play as of late, but the goals have to come.

Ultimate test of defence

The St. Louis Blues have been red hot as of late. They are unbeaten in regulation in their last six games, scoring 31 goals in that span. Five of those games were wins. The Blues are loaded with talent and if they Leafs stray from the type of game that they want to play, they’ll be looking at a blowout result. David Backes is in the midst of a five-game point streak (seven goals and four assists) and Vladimir Tarasenko has been a weapon for the Blues as well.

Beware of the power play

The Blues have the top-ranked power play in the NHL. The Leafs have given up a two power play goals in their last four games. Special teams hasn’t really been a problem for the Leafs during this recent stretch of games but the Blues will give Toronto something to think about. St. Louis have only given up one power play goal in their last six games.

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