A Good Night of Results & A Brutal Stretch Ahead

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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…

  • maple1967leafs

    Thanks Alec,nice to see everyone else lose,And ty Tyler for laying a whoopin on Tort’s sports

  • Burtonboy

    Add Pitt to the list of losers as well .  Booya

  • MLHS_Luke

    California has gone from the laughing stock of the NHL to the powerhouse of the league.  Good for them.

  • Kouba

    wow we leapt over TB? I watched the Rangers game and didn’t even realized lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    The Leafs will do just fine next week.  I think they turned the corner against the Rangers.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe  I think so too Max . Even though it seemed the sky was falling around here the 3 games before the Ranger game I felt they weren’t playing that badly. Just making a couple of bone headed plays that really cost them. It was nothing compared to the 4 game losing streak after the classic . They looked horrible during that stretch.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe even the shot differentials are generally down.  Rags gots 37, but it certainly didn’t seem like they had many quality chances

  • MaxwellHowe

    hoolihan I don’t think the reaction of other teams’ fans is irrelevant.  I love to bathe in the sweet salty tears of habs fans.

  • Burtonboy

    Crosby -5 last night . Even the so called best player in the world has bad nights

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Burtonboy  He would even get ripped here in Toronto.

    (and not here in Aiken, South Carolina)

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy  Your probably the only person in Aiken SC who even knows who Sid Crosby is FFS

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb  Bonjers

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb  Sup BB Good night of Hockey, I watched a bunch of the Winterpeg LA game. The peg have a keeper in Jacob trouba, wow, I know who I would trade for him lol

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy  Kessel is the best player in the World, he might catch Cros this year :)

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy  Didn’t watch that one . Watched a lot of the Habs and PHX . and the Tampa game . I went to bed but apparently SJ totally steam rolled the Pens in the 2nd and 3rd .

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb   Lots of good hockey on last night :) with great Results.

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb Burtonboy  

    Well I will remain Optimistic :) lol

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy  Take away his cookies and he will get real pissed . A pissed off Kessel is a very dangerous thing

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto  Tell him Crosby did it !

  • Bennett2Gareth

    Gilbey93  No, but heard great things.  I’m a Dangerous Dan’s guy myself.Makes you feel amazingly bad about yourself, but too good to resist. lol

  • Bennett2Gareth

    Gilbey93

  • Mind Bomb

    Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93   Dear God, My Arteries Clogged just looking at that :)

  • Burtonboy

    Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93  Lard Gezzus

  • ProfessorRance

    Mind Bomb Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93  Yet it looks so glorious.

  • 4evrblue

    Mornin folks

  • 4evrblue

    Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93 that is nothing short of incredible

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93  How in fuck would you even eat something like that ????

  • Bennett2Gareth

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93  Time, and a bib lol

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy Mind Bomb Bennett2Gareth Gilbey93  There is something very wrong with eating a burger with a fork and knife

  • Mind Bomb

    4evrblue  Sup Blue, I caught up a bit last night, look out ! 😉

  • Burtonboy

    Bennett2Gareth Burtonboy Mind Bomb Gilbey93  Cripes I got a big mouth but that’s ridiculous

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue  G’day mate

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto    Betman and the League must be having Fits, 2 darling Franchises how do they pick

    NJD makes it or  Det makes it. the poor refs will not no who to favor with their calls !

  • Bennett2Gareth

    Gilbey93  Yes Sir – Queen and Broadview

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb   Hahhaha

  • Burtonboy

    Morgan Rielly has such a deadpan look on his face when he’s chirping Gards . The kids a pretty cool dude
    ,

  • 4evrblue

    Mind Bomb 4evrblue it’s too late for you MB, I’ve got you buried up to your nipples. Just gotta finish the job!!! lol

  • jimmyg65

    Gilbey93  I live near the Yonge and York Mills/Lawrence location. Always packed. Always delicious. I try not to go too often because I don’t want to put on 50 pounds….

  • 4evrblue

    just got a straight flush on partypoker. sweet action!!!

  • B_Leaf

    Is HH free yet? I will try to have a little chat with him to see if we can’t get him on the straight and narrow.

  • Cameron19

    B_Leaf  Oh Jesus, we’re starting this already? lol

  • B_Leaf

    Cameron19 B_Leaf  

    Morning Cam

  • Cameron19

    B_Leaf Cameron19  Morning.

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinToronto 4evrblue 10AM, I’ve already been to work this morning. On break now so figured I’d play a few hands 😀

  • Cameron19

    CanuckUKinToronto Cameron19 B_Leaf  No. I’m in report card season. Glued to my computer night and day till March 19th, pretty much.  Spring break starts March 29th.

  • 4evrblue

    https://twitter.com/fs1otoole

    https://twitter.com/fs1otoole/status/441928534676615169

    A Canadian postcard out my window this morning in St. John’s. 2 minutes for looking so good Newfoundland. http://t.co/DVsS06bFAk

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 CanuckUKinToronto B_Leaf  Wierd bro March break is next week here. I am off all next week

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 CanuckUKinToronto B_Leaf  Yea, Manitoba has the latest break for some reason.

  • B_Leaf

    TB seems to be cooling off a little right now.