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:
@MapleLeafs have at least a point in 15 of their last 18 games. The team has 27 points since Jan. 12/14, the most in the NHL in that period.
— Andy Frost (@AndyFrostQ107) March 6, 2014
- Thomas Vanek Ruin the Leafs’ Trade Plans. They can have him if he keeps blowing one-timers in Hab losses.
- Was Peter Holland a Waste of a 2nd round pick? These numbers say absolutely not.
- Maple Leafs’ depth on display, says Poulin. Be nice to find a few more goals from down the lineup.
- The ‘Leo Komarov Rule.’ I loved Komarov and all, but it’s sure easy to lionize the guy when you read about his love for all things Maple Leaf.
- Penthouse-Doghouse: Bozak getting it done, giveaways an issue. Still can’t believe two shorthanded goals against on the same powerplay twice in a week.
- Maple Leafs in tough as teams around them improve at deadline. 18 points in 18 games is not a huge ask.
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.
@Shift_Disturber1 GO PEG GO
I love Kessel
@rustynail Until he sulks and threatens to leave for the KHL:)
@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.
@rustynail yes please. 4 on 4 for 5 mins, 3 on 3 for 5 minutes then shootout if need be pleaseee
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan WTF are you OK?
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan forgot, eh?! ;)
@rustynail Needless to say but when I choose to seek information about NHL hockey, The Hockey News is probably the lowest ranking source,
@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.
@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.
@Shift_Disturber1 All we need now are the French-Canadian referees.
@Shift_Disturber1 As per usual. Damnit.
@Alec Brownscombe Holy I remembered that lol well we had breakups in Public school to back then
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!
@peterbleafs any news from Malaysia about what caused the accident?
@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).
@peterbleafs Thank God Peter, :)
@peterbleafs well that's great news. Timing is everything
@peterbleafs Glad you are ok man!
@ingy56 Signed a 1 year deal.
@ingy56 The bluejays need this. Hopefully they don't fudge it up.