The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 8-4 to the Florida Panthers on Sunday night and have lost three straight for the first time under head coach Sheldon Keefe. The Leafs’ defensive game has been atrocious the last couple of games as they have given up 18 goals over the three game slump. This was the first game this season where the Leafs have surrendered eight goals.

Freddy Is Not Steady

Frederik Andersen has been going through a rough patch the past few games as he has been relieved by backup goalie Michael Hutchinson in two of his past three starts. Andersen allowed 4 goals on 12 shots before head coach Sheldon Keefe pulled him early in the 2nd period on Sunday night. Andersen has gone 0-1-1 with an .831 save percentage in his last three starts. The 30-year-old veteran goaltender has allowed three or more goals in eight of his last nine games.

Marner Proving His Worth

After signing a very lucrative six year contract in the off-season, 22-year-old Mitch Marner has not disappointed. The Leafs’ star winger picked up two goals against the Panthers on Sunday night which was his 4th multi-goal game of the season. Marner is currently riding a 7-game point streak and has picked up at least a point in 15 of his last 16 games. Despite missing 11 games this season with an ankle injury, Marner is 2nd on the Leafs in points and leads all Leafs players with 31 assists.

Hyman’s Breakout Season

Zach Hyman came into Sunday’s game with just one point in his last six games but managed to pick up a goal and two assists against the Panthers to shatter his recent slump. He was the only Leafs’ player to pick up three points against the Panthers on Sunday night. The 27-year-old Canadian winger now has three 3-point games this season. Despite missing the first 19 games this season with a torn ACL, Hyman is on pace to finish the season with a career-high 26 goals and a career-high 44 points.

The Buds will take on the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night who sit dead last in the Metropolitan division. The Leafs won their only meeting against the Devils this season as they won 5-4 in overtime on December 27. The Leafs will look to get back on track and snap their three game losing skid.