A Good Night of Results & A Brutal Stretch Ahead

A Good Night of Results & A Brutal Stretch Ahead

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 3: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores his 200th career goal in the second period as Antti Niemi #31 and Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks defend during NHL game action December 3, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Here’s your breakdown of last night’s results (highlights in the right sidebar):

  • Montreal – LOST
  • Tampa Bay – LOST
  • Washington – LOST
  • Columbus – LOST
  • Detroit – LOST in OT

One point out of a possible ten was garnered by the Leafs‘ closest competitors in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

If we perform the simple, time-saving exercise of calculating the playoff cut-off line via the points pace of the current last-seeded wildcard team, the magic number is 91. 18 games remain, so .500 hockey likely ensures a berth with 92 points.

That’s if your sights are set low, of course. With the recent downturn of the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-7 in L10), the Leafs are in the third divisional playoff spot in the Atlantic at the moment, three behind the second-placed Canadiens, who the Leafs play one more time before the season is through.

Starting with the Flyers game on Saturday, the Leafs enter a particularly meaningful and brutal eight-game stretch. They travel through the State of Hockey Dominance known as California (Anaheim, LA and San Jose have a collective record of 119 – 56 – 19; the Ducks and Sharks are an awful back-to-back next week on Monday-Tuesday, meaning three games in four nights). They will also play five games against five teams within six points of them in the Eastern Conference (Philly, Washington, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Montreal), many of whom have a game in hand. With all eight games played in a 15-day span. Wow.

It’s sure to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Let’s keep the good vibes rolling this Friday morning:

TGIF Links…

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]
1044 comments
peterbleafs
peterbleafs

nope Bon I wasnt on that flight, but I was on t hat very plane 3 days earlier going from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur.  So I am feeling a bit fortunate today.  Go Leafs Go.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

Going full on emo here but.. Breaking up with someone after 5 years is FUCKED, boys.

mcloki
mcloki

@rustynail  They should add the option to teams of taking a penalty shot instead of accepting the 2 minute Powerplay. Bring the shootout into the game and gives the possibility of teams coming back from behind in games. Destroys the trap style of play. Why trap when a quick penalty makes you lose the game, so you might as well always be thinking offence.

Luke_R
Luke_R

@rustynail  yes please. 4 on 4 for 5 mins, 3 on 3 for 5 minutes then shootout if need be pleaseee

ingy56
ingy56

@rustynail  Needless to say but when I choose to seek information about NHL hockey, The Hockey News is probably the lowest ranking source, 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@rustynail A bit unfair. since Reilly is off the list as he is NHL calibre already.  But Ill take a roster of solid NHL prospects over a few flashy guys who often do not make it.

mcloki
mcloki

@Shift_Disturber1  Fuck. One week we get Cole and it's great , now we get grade B dog food again. Does the CBC hate The Toronto Market.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Alec, trying times. Extended sympathies. (thought you were married to this site, and now realize we had competition. :) ). EMO is not you Sir. You are a Leafer, and in that lies your salvation? Much respect directed at you Good Sir!

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@peterbleafs  Here I am trying to get breakup sympathy and you come in with a near death experience!


(Just kidding, glad you're OK. That's wild).

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@Alec Brownscombe Breaking up with someone after 5 years is FUCKED,   just think it could have been 10 or 20 yrs ,breakups are never good but life will go on  and U have friends lol

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Alec Brownscombe  You live together?

-

EDIT: And of course, I'm sorry to hear. I just know it's extra terrible when you live together. 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@ProfessorRance @peterbleafsThanks it is an eerie kind of feeling though.  I got calls from people making sure I wasnt on it.  But feel for those on it and their families, those things happen and they happen suddenly.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@Cameron19 @Alec Brownscombe  We lived together, basically, when we were both going to school in the same town. She had her own space as a rule but she lived with me for about 3 years. She's been all over the place between school (con-ed), work, etc. We had been doing long distance for too long, eats away the core of the relationship.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@peterbleafs @ProfessorRance  I bet it is. It makes it even scarier when you don't have control over the situation as well. 

Reminds me of those stories I heard from 9/11 when a few passengers missed the connection and were put on a different flight. 

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@Alec Brownscombe @Leafs rule   Older divorced man here lol did not think the first breakup was funny at first either :)  Took a while just to get over and get laid again ,it took a long ,long time eh ,months of no sex by choice then months of  wanting sex and not being successful turned manslut reborn in a yr ,lmao