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ST. Jordan Eberle Jersey . LOUIS On the heels of their best game all year came one of the worst. The Maple Leafs were blasted 6-3 by the Blues at Scottrade Center on Thursday night. It was Torontos eighth loss in the past 10 games (2-6-2), 13th in the past 19, and a drastic reversal in course from an inspired home loss to the Kings one night earlier. "Tonight it looked like we were totally brain-dead in a lot of areas," said Randy Carlyle, following the defeat. All the persistence, feistiness and energy of their effort against Los Angeles deteriorated in a hurry against the Blues. St. Louis buried three goals on its first 15 shots in a dominant opening frame chasing James Reimer from the crease before adding a goal in the second and a pair in the third. "It just looked like we werent there mentally at the start," said Carlyle. It was a stinging return to the inconsistent, chaotic hockey which has plagued the group for the better part of the season. Most baffling, however, was the dramatic shift in performance from the night previous. Though they ultimately fell 3-1 to Los Angeles at the ACC on Wednesday night, the Leafs were the superior team and played their most complete game of the season. The starting point they hoped to gain from the effort a largely stingy defensive effort never materialized against the Blues, dominant with 21 wins in 30 games this season. "Even though we lost that game [against the Kings] it was something to build on," said Carl Gunnarsson, "and tonight its like it was all gone." Concern has to be inching ever upward with the mounting losses and little to no sustained improvement. The Leafs have just two regulation victories since the start of November and face the defending Stanley Cup champs at home on Saturday. "Our concern has been very high for a while here," said Carlyle. "We thought with our performance [Wednesday] night it would be something we could build on, but we just didnt have any kind of an energy to be able to put forth an effort that was needed." Five Points 1. Defensive Issues In describing his team as "totally brain-dead", Carlyle was referring mostly to the areas in which St. Louis managed to score. David Backes opened the scoring untouched from just outside the slot. Jaden Schwartz had two whacks just outside the blue paint for the second St. Louis goal. Derek Roy pranced in untouched through the slot on the third. Chances and opportunities of that kind continued throughout the night. "I dont know any other way to describe it from a standpoint of where the goals were being scored from again," said Carlyle. "We have systems that our coverage has to be in place and if you vacate those critical areas youre going to give up quality scoring chances." Revealingly, the Leafs have allowed three goals or more in 13 of the past 19 games, losing all but one. "They had a lot of freedom in our zone," said Carlyle of the Blues. "Look where they scored the goals from." 2. In Need of Urgency Carlyle has been beating the drum of urgency from the opening days of the season when his team won games on the shoulders of terrific goaltending and special teams. But at this point in the year, more than a third of way through but with plenty of time still remaining, the urgency level appears mixed in the Toronto dressing room. A clear understanding of just how long this skid has lingered seems lost. "Theres lots of time," said Nazem Kadri. "Fifty games left, theres no reason to panic. Its just something weve got to figure out in the dressing room." "We started off playing terrific," he said later of the teams start to the season. "Obviously some things made us take a couple steps backward with injuries and things like that. Its tough to be mentally and physically prepared when things like that just keep happening. But its up to us. Were professionals. We do have a good team inside this dressing room. We believe we can win and were confident still, weve just got to figure out ways around these games." 3. Urgency v. Intensity James Reimer had interesting insight on the need for urgency amid a skid thats lingered for more than a month and longer than that if you include October. "Sometimes its hard to differ between urgency and intensity," he said. "If you get tense thats the worst-case scenario. If you can get some urgency in your game without squeezing your stick then thats important. But in the market we play in the biggest key is keeping the pressure off and trying to stay as loose as possible. Thats the main thing. Its really easy to get too intense. Do we need some more urgency? Probably. But you have to be careful when you start going down that path." 4. Reimers Quick Night Reimer got the hook after third Blues goal. He allowed three goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Jonathan Bernier. "Too many goals," Reimer said of the performance, coming on the heels of a 47-save effort in Ottawa. "I felt good out there, felt good in warm-up, felt like I was seeing the puck. But just a couple got by, obviously a couple too many. "I felt like I was on my game, pucks just found a way in." "Im not blaming the goaltending specifically," said Carlyle. "I just think it was part in parcel with our hockey club." 5. Western Exposure The Blues were the fourth Western Conference team on the Leafs docket in the first two weeks of December with Chicago and Phoenix lying ahead in the days to come. "Guys say its more defensive in that conference," Jake Gardiner said prior to the loss to St. Louis. "I was talking to [former Leaf] Matt Frattin and he said the same thing. He said its a lot harder to score and get points and get production. Yeah, definitely noticed a difference." (Frattin had seven goals and 13 points in 25 games with the Leafs last season, but has just two goals and six points with similar ice-time through the same number of games with the Kings). "Theres definitely a different style," said Jay McClement, who spent all but his last two seasons in the West. "Theres obviously a lot of big, strong teams out here." The Leafs are now 7-7-1 versus the West this season. Stats-Pack 13 Losses for the Leafs in the past 19 games. 13 Number of times in those 19 games that the Leafs allowed three goals or more, losing all but one. 7-7-1 Leafs record versus the Western Conference this season. 14 Goals for James van Riemsdyk this season. Special Teams Capsule PP: 0-3Season: 23.3 per cent (4th) PK: 3-3Season: 77.2 per cent (27th) Quote of the Night "Tonight it looked like we were totally brain-dead in a lot of areas." -Randy Carlyle, following the loss to St. Louis Up Next The Leafs host the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks at the ACC on Saturday evening. Pat LaFontaine Jersey . Rodgers was ruled out on Friday by Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Matt Flynn will make his second consecutive start for the Packers. Anders Lee Jersey . This week they discuss Russias mens hockey team, the ineptitude of the IOC handling the Nicklas Backstrom situation, John Tortorellas many apologies, and Canadas strong showing in curling. . While the pair of Spain internationals return, midfielder Xavi Hernandez will not be included in the squad after failing to recover from a muscle strain to his left leg.Novak Djokovic takes on talented teenager Borna Coric at the Madrid Open on Wednesday, aiming to improve his clay-court season. 2016 ATP Masters 1000 winners Indian Wells Novak Djokovic Miami Novak Djokovic Monte Carlo Rafa Nadal The world No 1 is bidding to bounce back from his shock second-round defeat at the hands of Jiri Vesely at the Monte Carlo Masters last month and will face 19-year-old Coric, who saw off Nicolas Almagro on Tuesday.Djokovic has won the Madrid Masters crown on one previous occasion, back in 2011 and he will want to up his clay-court preparations as he bids to win the one Grand Slam crown that has so far evaded him - the French Open. Roland-Garros gets underway on May 22 and despite his wobble in Monte Carlo, the Serb has already claimed two of the three Masters titles this year as well as the Australian Open.Djokovic is meeting Coric for the first time but the Croatian teenager already has two finals under his belt this season, including one on clay in Marrakech.Coverage on Sky Sports 1 gets underway at 11am on Wednesday and there is an all-Spanish affair to kick off proceedings on the show courts with Feliciano Lopez up against Roberto Bautista-Agut, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas.David Ferrer is up against American qualifier Denis Kudla, Juan Martin Del Potro will look to continue his return to form when he meets Jack Sock while eighth seed Tomas Berdych faces Denis Istomin. Masters of their Trade Nadal and Djokovic at the top of the tree One to WatchFourth seed Stan Wawrinka has been woefully out of sorts since winning the Dubai Open in February and Australias Nick Kyrgios is a very obvious threat - the pair also have previous after a verbal altercation in Montreal revolving around Wawrinkas girlfriend Donna Vekic.Already this season, the 21-year-old from Canberra has claimed his maiden ATP title with a win in Marseille and made no fewer than three semi-finals, one of which ended in him retiring injured against Wawrinka in Dubai while the Aussie produced a career best Masters effort in reaching the last four in Miami Masters. Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios have not always seen eye-to-eye Wawrinka, a double Grand Slam champion, has suffered defeats to David Goffin and Andrey Kuznetsov in Masters events thhis year and despite a run to the semi-final in Monte Carlo, he was outgunned by Rafa Nadal and could be an early casualty in Spain this week. 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Fabio Fognini , the maverick Italian capable of stunning the worlds best Wednesday could be a similar tale with Italian maverick and clay-court specialist Fabio Fognini more than capable of surprising number six seed Kei Nishikori.Fognini beat Tomic on Tuesday in their first round encounter and while he has been below his best for much of the season with several early exits, but coupled with his favourite surface, a top-ten player and a high-profile event that is usually when the mercurial Italian is at his best.The pair have met on one previous occasion with Nishikori victorious in four sets at the 2011 Australian Open, and Fognini is a very different threat on the red dirt with all three of his career titles coming on clay. In Case You Missed ItBernard Tomic was a first round casualty on Tuesday and effectively handed his opponent victory at match point in Madrid. 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