The first eight games of the season left a lot to be desired. Considering the schedule the Leafs were handed we should be talking about a 6-2-0 Leafs team instead of a 3-4-1 team, that needed a comeback overtime win to defeat the 0-5-2 Chicago Blackhawks.
While the forward group has certainly taken plenty of heat in the past couple of weeks, the blueline hasn’t done particularly well either.
Jake Muzzin’s rough start exemplifies Leafs’ early struggles
The Muzzin and Holl pairing has been especially bad, while the Sandin and Dermott pairing has been one of the bright spots for the Leafs in the early days. As Nick Richard wrote in the article linked above, Muzzin has had his share of issues, but the other half of that pairing, Justin Holl, has arguably struggled more. And after Holl getting an earful from Auston Matthews on Wednesday night, the Leafs felt comfortable with spicing up their pairings, and giving Holl a paid night off work.
The third pair is Liljegren-Sandin
Holl appears to be the 7th D at Leafs practice @TSN_Edge
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 29, 2021
Those are your new look pairings for the game Saturday …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation