The Leafs lose the easy ones but win the tough ones.
After shedding three players at the NHL trade deadline, the Leafs have 20 games to close the gap on 8th place in the East, but will need some help.
Can the Leafs perform the improbable and reel in a playoff spot?
Going anywhere but maybe past the first round? Doubtful.
If the Sens are in first place at the start and Toronto has 8th, who knows. Always good series between them and always 50-50.
someone, 2008-02-28 17:10:49
what a stupid friggen question, the leafs have no hope of making the stanley cup in the next 10 years, tre leafs players don't try ...tey play for tradition not to make there own sort of decision ...lets start focusing out west where real hockey is played not the crap thats played in the boardroom like in toronto.
JIMF, 2008-02-28 16:24:53
the most annoying thing is are the "fans" like popsicle, who i guess didn't even now about the hockey team in ottawa for 15 years and now he can't shut up abiut them... at least leafs fans are not fear-weather fans like you in ottawa.
Peter, 2008-02-28 13:11:06
But let's look at the math and show the percentage they need to play at over the remaining games left in order to reach 90 points (which seems to be the cut-off this year as opposed to 92 last year) - and compare it to the teams in front of them.
Not counting Washington (their best bet is to catch Carolina for the Division title rather than 8th), the Leafs (currently playing at exactly .500) would need to finish at a .735 pace to get to 90. The two right above them also currently out of the playoff picture, the Isles (.523 so far) and Flyers (.548) need to play .639 and .553 respectively.
Those currently in 6th to 8th, Boston (playing .581). Rangers (.563) and Sabres (.555) need to play the rest of the way at .450, .500 and .528 respectively to stay in the Top 8.
Now, looking at the math, which of those 3 is/are going to go into the tank and open the door for one or two of those now 9th to 12th? And which of the two now in 9th and 10th are going to collapse completely down the stretch?
Vegas would give you pretty good odds against them NOT making it.
George O'Leary, 2008-02-28 12:31:51