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?
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
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
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
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