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Matthews, Tavares, Babcock talk about Leafs recent struggles

18 novembre 2019
Not much seems to be going right for the Toronto Maple Leafs so far this season. The team that many analysts felt would be a Cup contender back in September has a record of 9-9-4, and sits fifth in the Atlantic division. Although it is still early, alternate captain Auston Matthews says he and his teammates are struggling with confidence.

"It’s tough to get worse from here. It’s frustrating." said Matthews. In the locker room, confidence isn’t exactly high right now. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. It’s really up to us."

"We can’t just say ‘oh it’s just one game’ or ‘we’ll get it next time.’ It’s repetitive, and for us, we want to make sure it stops now and we want to get back on track," Matthews added.

As for captain John Tavares, he says he doesn't expect anyone to take pity on the team.

"No one is going to feel sorry for us," Tavares sais. It’s really on us in here to continue to work and figure out what we need to do to. It’s looking yourself in the mirror and making sure you’re giving everything you’ve got every day."

Head coach Mike Babcock, who many analysts believe is on the hot seat due to the team's play, says his players need to play harder.

"We need a re-group because that’s not good enough. We didn’t play hard enough for long enough. As an athlete, you put on your sweater, you want to be proud of how hard you compete and how hard you play for each other. We didn’t look after that.," said Babcock.

TSN anlayst Craig Button has pointed out that Toronto's record since last Christmas is 30-27-10, which he says is "simply not good enough" and falls directly at the feet of Babcock and the system he is trying to get his players to play.





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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 32 53
CONNOR MCDAVID 32 52
NATHAN MACKINNON 29 45
BRAD MARCHAND 30 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 30 43
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
JACK EICHEL 31 42
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 29 36
ARTEMI PANARIN 29 36
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 29 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 30 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 31 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 32 19
LEON DRAISAITL 32 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 29 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 32 34
CONNOR MCDAVID 32 33
JOHN CARLSON 31 32
NATHAN MACKINNON 29 27
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 29 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
CALE MAKAR 29 28
DOUGIE HAMILTON 30 28
VICTOR HEDMAN 25 27
KEITH YANDLE 29 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 29 28
VICTOR OLOFSSON 31 26
QUINN HUGHES 29 24
ILYA MIKHEYEV 31 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 22 15
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 24 15
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 24 14
TUUKKA RASK 18 13
PETR MRAZEK 20 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 17 3
TRISTAN JARRY 11 2
JAROSLAV HALAK 12 2
ALEXANDER GEORGIEV 14 2
CARTER HUTTON 15 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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