Tavares scores minutes after breaking finger:

Toronto Maple Leafs centre John Tavares will miss out on a minimum of the next two weeks after breaking his finger in Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals. 1:06

A lot more so when the team isn't living up to expectations.

"We wish to get the rhythm of our video game and get going," he said. "We've come out on the incorrect side of a great deal of tight games. [You] can't say there's been more than one, possibly two, where we've truly played really poorly. We've been right there. We've got to discover a method to make some plays at crucial times and not make errors.

"We have not played to the level we're capable of, our requirement."

Getting Hyman back to be 'big'

If Tavares does dress versus Philadelphia, which will be on a back-to-back after dealing with New Jersey on Friday, it would likely be with routine linemate Mitch Marner and Trevor Moore, who's the latest placeholder for Zach Hyman.

The grinding winger tore his ACL last spring in the post-season, and while he's getting closer, Babcock wouldn't say when he's anticipated back.

"A huge part," Babcock stated of Hyman's importance. "Even the people that aren't fans are now fans."

Another gamer Toronto will lack Saturday is defenceman Jake Muzzin, who practiced in a red non-contract jersey after suffering a charley horse Tuesday, however will miss out on the video game for individual factors.

The Leafs revealed some life versus the Capitals-- they battled against a physical challenger and led in the third duration-- however it was only an action in the best instructions.

"We're positive in the group we have in here," Toronto blue-liner Morgan Rielly said. "We're confident that we're going to start playing some great hockey.

"There's been indications."

They would like to see plenty more in the City of Brotherly Love.

"We've got to get some traction," Babcock stated. "We've got to understand what we are."The only thing we're stressed about is attempting to get better," he said."You want to be out there playing and completing, helping out your colleagues and doing everything you can to be a part of it," Tavares stated."We desire to get the rhythm of our video game and get going," he stated.


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