The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off a tough loss on Saturday night and there was some indication prior to practice on Sunday that there could be changes coming to the Maple Leafs line up.
The Leafs faced off against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night and when you consider the current trajectory of both teams I think it would have been safe to say that the majority of people tuning expected to see the Leafs pick up another win. The Blues have been so poor that there has been talk of their head coach, Mike Yeo, being on the hot seat and the Leafs on the other hand have been on somewhat of a tear to start the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season.
The end result however was quite the opposite of what you would have expected and the Leafs were largely dominated on both ends of the ice and by the time 60 minutes had come and gone the Blues walked away with a convincing victory. Although on any given night anyone can walk away with the win, there was a clear sense of frustration coming from the Leafs after the difficult loss.
The Leafs had a distinct lack of offensive production through the first half of the game and they finished the contest with just a total of 23 shots on goal. Making things worse for the Leafs was the fact that Blues goaltender Jake Allen was up to the task and stopped all but one of their shots, resulting in a 3 - 1 victory for the Blues.
Following the game head coach Mike Babcock indicated that he would consider making some changes to his line up after the lack of offensive production and it appears that he was true to his word. On Sunday morning the Leafs' had a rare practice largely due to the fact that they have a few days off and notably Babcock had made one change to the line up. NHL veteran Tyler Ennis appeared to jump onto the team's fourth line while Babcock appears to have benched Andreas Johnsson following the tough game.
It's only practice so this change may get reverted but there may also be more shuffling to come in the next few days prior to the Leafs match up against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.