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Leafs Report Cards: Another “lesson” for the Maple Leafs in loss to Carolina

Sometimes diving deeper into the data doesn’t help me arrive at a better understanding of this sport. After watching Toronto’s 4-1 loss last night, I started digging into every stat I could find to help explain what’s happening with this team right now. Then I rewatched some video hoping it would help.

It didn’t.

Emotionally, I’m frustrated right now, as are many. Rationally, I’d like to think we can arrive at a few answers for Toronto’s struggles lately. Unfortunately, none of them are great if you have a rooting interest in the Leafs.

The highly-paid veteran defensemen in their 30s are playing below average hockey at even strength through seven games.