MLHS Morning Mashup: What’s still up for grabs?

MLHS Morning Mashup: What’s still up for grabs?

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Don't feel like blaming the Leafs' horrendous November? Point fingers at this prick.

It certainly felt like the Leafs allowed their final playoff hopes to slip with their loss to Detroit on Saturday. The Sabres won and the Leafs failed to keep pace, but really it has been Buffalo and New York’s red-hot play since the calendar turned March that has provided the nails to the coffin on the Leafs season. Estimates at one stage had the eighth placed team in the East finishing below 90 points. Now, the Sabres would only need to play at .500 through their final seven to make it to 92. We could be seeing the final team in the East at 94 points come mid April.

With 78 points through 76 games, the Leafs are sitting 21st in the league and could realistically climb as high as 19th, bumping the Bruins’ draft choice out of the top ten. They could surpass Carolina and Minnesota with a good final six, while staying ahead of St. Louis, Columbus (both at 77 points & each with a game in hand) and Atlanta (76 points). A poor final six could drop the Leafs as low as 23rd and put the Bruins as high as seventh in the draft order.

If that’s not optimistic enough of a goal for you, just hope the Leafs can beat Buffalo on Tuesday, sending them into a disastrous downward spiral while the Leafs miraculously win out. Sports Club Stats puts the odds at 0.4%. In the words of Lloyd Christmas, “you’re telling me there’s a chance.”

Onto your mashup from Greg:

Quotables:

“We’re definitely not getting any breaks from the other teams in the league,” Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn said. “Teams don’t lose down the stretch, I guess. We’re finding that out.”

- Courtesy of James Mirtle from The Globe and Mail

Leafs Links:

A Sobering thought on Matt Frattin

Interesting fanpost on Pension Plan Puppets looking at Matt Frattin’s college career and tempering his NHL expectations – ex-NCAA’ers have accomplished similar feats as Frattin and failed to catch on at the NHL level.

Six O’Deathclock

PPP with an update on the Leafs’ playoff chances.

Merrimack’s Stephane Da Costa

Chemmy profiles college free agent Da Costa on The Leafs Nation, who is coveted by the Leafs.

Leafs left licking their wounds

James Mirtle recaps last night’s game and looks at the Leafs strong likelihood of missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

Lights Nearly Out For Leafs Playoff Hopes

Jonas Siegel with a few notes about the blue and white.

Toronto Gives Away Points in a Shoot-Out

Marlies reporter Kyle Cicerella recaps the weekend that was and offers some interesting stats on a few players.

Maple Leaf rookies showing signs of growth

The Star’s Kevin McGran looks at the improving play of Kadri, Reimer, Aulie and Boyce.

Other hockey links:

Crosby skates again before Pittsburgh Penguins game

Great news for the game – Crosby skates for 45 minutes prior to Penguins game yesterday.

Crisis on Ice and More

Toronto Sports Media with an analysis on Sportsnet’s Crisis on Ice special.

NCAA Hockey: How Michigan won the west; Duluth advances

Puck Daddy with an update on the road to the frozen four.

Leafs Video of the Day:

A new Reimer video to help lift your spirits:

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]