Leafs fans, be sure to tweet your appreciation to the Blackhawks’ @BenASmith12 for his game-winning goal over the Blue Jackets with three seconds remaining in regulation in tonight’s 4-3 Chicago win over Columbus. The Blue Jackets are now one point ahead of the Leafs with one game in hand instead of two.
After their game against the Islanders on Sunday (have to figure it’s a win), the Jackets will have to play two teams that are fighting for their playoff lives in the West in Phoenix and Dallas (currently tied for the last wildcard spot in the West) in a back to back next week. They will wrap the season with another back to back against the Lightning and Panthers.
The Leafs will host Winnipeg on Saturday (final home game) before hitting the road for a Tuesday game in Tampa Bay, a Thursday game in Sunrise, and the season finale in Ottawa the following Saturday.
|Leafs Remaining Games||Blue Jackets Remaning Games|
|vs. Winnipeg (April 5)||vs. Islanders (April 6)|
|vs. Lightning (April 8)||vs. Coyotes (April 8)|
|vs. Panthers (April 10)||vs. Stars (April 9)|
|vs. Senators (April 12)||vs. Lightning (April 11)|
|vs. Panthers (April 12)|
The Leafs will need to go 4-0-0 and hope the Blue Jackets go 3-2 or worse. A 3-1 run from the Leafs requires the Jackets go 2-3. The Leafs cannot catch the Blue Jackets on ROW and must finish one point ahead. The Leafs also have to hope the Devils don’t catch fire in their final five games.
At the very least, there’s still hope.
The Leafs will need James Reimer to seize the moment, as Jonathan Bernier’s regular season is done due to an MCL sprain.
Would anyone consider trading Reimer to NYI in some sort of package to get one of their defensive prospects? ie Reinhart, Pulock, De Haan?? Or are we looking for more proven commodities at this point?
Thats an ok lineup if we upgrade the defence
I really could live with next year if we see Leivo, Holland, Ashton and maybe a younger defenceman make the team..........as long as franson says goodbye
Leivo has had a pretty good AHL rookie campaign. 20 goals and 38 points in 50 odd games is decent. He also seems to be stronger as the season progresses.
Finn with a goal and assist last night...Brown 3 apples
Also, this Avs/Blues game is amazing. Tell me someone saw the ref fall on the ice and slowly crawl away from the line brawl like a chick in a horror movie? I need a gif of that
Holy shit, i didnt even realize the jackets are playing both dallas and phoenix still. Both teams in a complete dog fight for the final west playoff spot
It's gonna take a miracle for this team to make the post-season but holy fuck if they do, I'm streaking this sleepy town!
@Cartsy I'd like to expand the deal and get Strome somehow.
@ingy56 hopefully the Islanders can go on a tare.
@B_Leaf The Ruperts combined for a goal and an assist last night too.
@B_Leaf Leivo will likely be on the Leafs next year. Just seemed like the most ready of all the younger ones who played a few games. Other then Ashton and Damigo obviously
Obvious over the years how you can't build a team around a one-way guy especially when he's sucking that much out of the payroll.
@BPsotka In a second.
@Jay31 Sorry, not familiar with that name..is he in the ECHL?
@Hammertownleaffan Lots of angry eyes on both benches LOL
@CanuckUKinToronto I would respectfully say Washington is toast...I hate that team, and it looks like they've given up
@CanuckUKinToronto washington is done already, they have like a 1% chance at the playoffs and wont pass us if we go the 4-0 or 3-1 we need to go anyways
@TheCanucksnaphook Lovin' it
@Jordan29 Back-to-back too. They have a 1-0 lead in the Dallas game already though.
@Chris Jay Wait a minute...what 'sleepy town' are you talking about....there's a lot of them. You could streak through downtown Smithville and I don't thing anyone would notice....
I think Leivo is a Marlie next yr once again to dominate that league. Holland, Ashton a NF Damigo should be leafs
@BPsotka @ingy56 The proof is in the results, look at that pathetic backcheck effort the other night, plus there was a virtually identical one like it last year, from the playoffs no less. The guy is poison, I could see Montreal being interested though. I'd move on, spread the wealth around and develop a team concept. Oates is actually looking like a decent coach but Ovechkin is a coach killer if there ever was one.