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  • 03/02/2011, 10:54PM ET

Don't Stop BeLEAFing!

Argos. (184-101-29) vs baby jeebus (7-8-3)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will make the Stanley Cup playoffs, this year! WOOOO!

Knock on wood! I hope I didn't jinx anything.

But here is why the Leafs will make the playoffs:

Buffalo is currently in the second game of their longest road trip in franchise history (66% of their games remaining on the road trip are against current playoff teams).
Buffalo plays at Toronto two more times this season.
Ryan Miller may be injured, missing practice today.

Eric Staal has suffered a concussion, and although he has since returned, he has a concussion!
Carolina has 6 back-to-back games remaining on their schedule.
Carolina had only 4 wins in February and 9 losses.

The Rangers have 4 wins and 10 losses in their last 14 since the all-star break.

Since the all-star break the Leafs have 9 wins and only 6 losses, but their record is 9-2-4, meaning they have points in all but 2 games since the AS break.
They finally have a goalie! Reimer is 10-4-3 with a .929 SV%
Kessel when going is one of the best in hockey, and has 8 goals 12 points in his last 8 games.
The Leafs have two legit scoring lines, something the other teams I mentioned don't have.

MMTC!


Toronto has been doing 'slightly' better than the Rangers and Canes lately, and by slightly I mean they have won 1 more game than these teams in their past 10. Their record as of late is more or less the same as Buffalo.

Buffalo is on a long road trip, but that should be in their advantage since they play better on the road. I didn't hear anything about Miller getting injured, but giving a goalie a rest in practice is nothing big, especially when they play him every damn night. He seemed fine in the game against NY the other day, in fact he played outstanding.

Eric Staal also seems more than fine, he had a goal and an assist on Tuesday against Florida.

Reimer has been great, it would be huge for Toronto if they could develop a young goalie. The PK has also been good. But I would point out the hole in Toronto all year, that is scoring. They have a lowly 167 goals for, way lower than any team in a playoff position. The power play has a long way to go, being 24th in the league.

They are still in the race, but I remind you there are 4 points behind a playoff spot. They play AGAIN tonight, in Philly. The Leafs have improved, for sure, but they're not on fire quite yet.


The Leafs have been slightly better than the Rangers and Canes?

The Leafs have 15 points of a possible 18 points in the past 9 games!
The Leafs have points in 14 of last 16 games!
Only the Devils are hotter than the Leafs!


The Leafs are best in the NHL with 3 20+ goal scorers (not included LA who just got Penner's 20 goals), and should have 4, but MacArthur was robbed of a goal (I didn't see Kulemin tip that???). They got maybe the best two scoring lines in hockey. Their top line has more goals than the Canucks, Wings, and many more top lines...


The Rangers are dropping fast! Their best player, Gaborik, has a concussion, and has already been ruled out for the weekend and has no set timetable.


And the Leafs defence corps has played much better since the trade of Kaberle and Beauchemin. Aulie has stepped up big, Schenn is continuing to play strong, Gunnarsson is moving the puck, Komiserak isn't playing like a disaster, and Phaneuf has played like he did when he was a Flame!


The Leafs went into the best team in the East's place and won after playing in Toronto against the Pens last night, and WON! 3 points out of 8, 4 out of 7.


You're making the Leafs scoring sound WAY better than it actually is. Ok, so they have 3 20+ goal scorers. But they don't have any guys at all in the top 28 point leaders. Vancouver, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Anaheim all have 3 guys on that list, several other teams have more than one. Just look at Toronto's goals for, they lack scoring.

"They got maybe the best two scoring lines in hockey,"

Maybe I'm not reading this right. If you mean their scoring is equally divided between the players on those two lines, then maybe this is true. But there is no way those two lines are better than the top two lines for Vancouver, Detroit, Philly, Chicago, Boston a whole wack of teams. I don't care what stats you can find, I would take the top two lines from at least ten other teams before the Leafs.

"Only the Devils are hotter than the Leafs!"

San Jose, Detroit, Boston, all have better records in their past ten. Not that it undermines what the Leafs have done lately, and playoffs are definetely within reach. Im just pointing out they aren't really as great as you say. I expect Buffalo to bump out the Rangers for the 8th spot.


Forfeited Turn


Well, you had some good arguments, I don't know why you gave up. Anyway, the Sabres and Rangers both won last night, the Leafs did not. They're still four points out with a pretty tough schedule ahead.

With a few good draft picks I could see the Leafs having a decent team next year. I also think Ron Wilson has to go, which will probably be the case.

March 2, 2011  10:57 PM ET

I don't know where to get stats like the teams PK in front of Reimer, which is really good...

March 2, 2011  10:59 PM ET
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I don't know where to get stats like the teams PK in front of Reimer, which is really good...

noonelikeshockey.com

March 2, 2011  11:05 PM ET

March 2, 2011  11:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't know where to get stats like the teams PK in front of Reimer, which is really good...

I think they COULD make the playoffs, but they have a pretty rough schedule coming up, but crazier things have happened i suppose...that being said i don't think they're making it...

March 3, 2011  02:30 AM ET

tomorrow... I will get to the Leafs bashing tomorrow. I know you're riding high off the win tonight, don't let it affect your concentration. It's an uphill battle, my friend.

March 3, 2011  02:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

noonelikeshockey.com

mama wants you to milk the cows, boy. they been a moowin' all day!

March 3, 2011  04:29 AM ET

I believe that the Devils will make the impossible come true and climb into the 8th spot. The Rangers keep #7.

March 3, 2011  06:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think they COULD make the playoffs, but they have a pretty rough schedule coming up, but crazier things have happened i suppose...that being said i don't think they're making it...

10 of their last 18 on the road. They do face a few bottom feeders in there although they also have lots of games against top teams. I don't think they make it without some help.

March 3, 2011  08:45 AM ET

Devils yes. Leafs no. Devils win the Cup.

March 3, 2011  08:56 AM ET

Don't stop Waffling Argos!

March 3, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Don't stop Waffling Argos!

March 3, 2011  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

10 of their last 18 on the road. They do face a few bottom feeders in there although they also have lots of games against top teams. I don't think they make it without some help.

it's also rough on them that Carolina and Buffalo play 3 or 4 more times against each other...

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March 3, 2011  03:01 PM ET

Does Toronto really have the team left to pull it off after selling all their players via trade deadline?

March 3, 2011  03:40 PM ET

I've got the Sabres, Canadiens and Rangers holding down 6-8 in the East.

Reason #1: Goalies
Reason #2: Goal differential

However, I wouldn't mind seeing all Original Six teams make the playoffs.

March 3, 2011  03:45 PM ET

Poor Argos....things haven't changed much I see....

March 3, 2011  05:08 PM ET

Hey Argos....point a game players are great.

Point a game teams...not so much.

March 3, 2011  05:11 PM ET

I know you Hockey thread boys have seen this but I'm posting it for the TDers.

March 3, 2011  06:03 PM ET

if the leafs were actually in a playoff spot now I'd be tempted to say...maybe?

 
March 3, 2011  09:48 PM ET

And the Juggernaut lays a beat down on Philly tonight.

Joisey thumps Atlanta last night.

The posers are at the top of things. The meat is fighting to make the show.

Beware the late breakers.

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