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Can the Leafs reel in the last playoff spot?
Sat, March 22, 2008

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?



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Your welcome Mike. Just wanted to put things into proper perspective.

And I agree with your take on their chances. Last night was a prime example of the hurdles in front of them, as both Buffalo and Washington won their game in hand while Florida, who had been tied with the Leafs, also won.

So, even if the Leafs win tonight against Buffalo in regulation time, they will still be in 12th since Florida will have 34 wins to their 33.

The Flyers still have a game in hand and after March 22 will have 2 in hand. Over their last 10 games the Leafs have been an impressive .750 hockey team. In today's game you can't get much better than that - but over the final 10 they have to become an .800 team in order to get to 90 pts, which looks to be the cut-off this year. Pha only needs to finish their last 11 at a .500 rate to get there. And the Leafs still need to climb over 4 teams.

It's a nice dream for Leaf Nation - but just that - a dream.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-15 10:12:08

Go to sleep and dream of the last gasp 57' team that leapfrogged the Rangers for 4th place. O is their chances realistically in 08'
Don Leslie, 2008-03-14 22:52:24

Maybe we should get some stories about the Oilers, Flames or Canucks on this site, hmm... Not just the team from the center of the universe every single day...
Leon, 2008-03-14 22:09:16

I have been a leafs fan four some thirty years and my heart wants them to be in the play offs but my brain says slim and none only if the hockey gods give them a miracle
jim l, 2008-03-14 20:46:30

Dear George:

Thanks for those Impressive stats about the # of comments on the leafs. As of now there are 164 on this topic alone. Not bad, 3 leaf fans responding to all the non-leafs fans. Face it folks, mathematically the leafs have a chance, do you really think the teams above them will let them just walk in? That's basically what it would take. While I admire the Leaf pride, reality check is coming shortly.
Mike, 2008-03-14 16:50:40

Roy you are probably a well respected individual, but this is precisely what I mean about Habs fans...where were you when the Habs were not in the playoffs- The last decade of Habs hockey has not been the brightest in the history of the Red white and Blue. Hab fans take shots when winning, and you hide when losing. If anyone has forgotten and is caught up in this racket, the Habs have done zero in the Gillete era, haven't done much since leaving the Forum. And yes the Leafs haven't done much in a long time too, but the difference is we don't ignore it. Gainey and Carbo have done a good job in Habland, but the Habs are not quite there yet. Can the Leafs make it in? Time will tell and if that time proves positive, I hope it is Habs VS Leafs in Round 1. Chuck -- get ready.
DM, 2008-03-13 20:06:15

buddy from cape breton is still getting good drugs apparently. he still says toronto will win it all this year! toronto has as much chance of winning the stanley cup as the cleveland barons.. oh wait, they don't exist anymore!!!! hahaha

you maple leaves fans really need psychiatric help to explain why you love failure so much, year after year after year. most other teams will give you real hope and won't just take your money.
Johnny Bower, 2008-03-13 15:18:46

I have a question for all the TRUE hockey fans, not the people that are e-mailing stupid comments.Do you think that the buds are really going to go out their and intentionally loose games? As a recreational hockey player i know when i go on the ice i don,t want to loose, no matter who i am playing against, i would call it having pride. i believe that all the players in the NHL have pride and not one team would blow games intentionally, why should the buds? remember this is only for the true hockey fans.
Angus Peddle, 2008-03-13 13:37:05

Game 1 vs. Flyers, the last 5 minutes, was the most entertaining hockey I seen since the series against the Sens. I miss the playoffs, two years going on three without it is painfull. It would be something special to see if the Leafs were to make it this year.

To watch the madia change from day to day on their predictions depending on weather the leafs won or lost that night is kinda ammusing (hypocritical almost). As a Leafs fan you have to have faith 'till that day when math does its magic and automatically eliminate you.

Something feels right this past few weeks, there is that aura about the team like when Garry Roberts and Joe niewndyke were here. Players like Antropov, Kubina and Kaberle are really turning the table for some reason, could it be the coach? Perhaps Fletecher spread something about what the team will be like in the next few years and they really want to be a part of it, what ever the case may be, am really liking what I see right now, and really looking forward to the next few years :) GO LEAFS GO! Sens and Habs can go and ....
Totto, 2008-03-13 11:21:58

They've got about as much of a chance as the Oilers! Which isn't much! ...but hey they've got all those young prospects to look forward to... oh, wait a minute! Doh!
Barry, 2008-03-13 11:04:40

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