There are only 18 games remaining in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ schedule, and with a record of 33-23-8, the chances are fairly good that the they could make the playoffs cruising at .500 for the remainder of the season.
Of course, this would probably hurt their place in the standings (they currently sit fourth overall in the Eastern Conference) and no one wants to enter the playoffs on a losing note, but it’s significant in the sense that Toronto’s playoff hopes were once the subject of laughter throughout the hockey world.
The Toronto Maple Leafs want to solidify their hold on a playoff spot, and that showed in their effort last night against the New York Rangers.
Of course, they didn’t exactly play in ideal fashion last night. Both of New York’s goals came on the same Leafs power play. One shorthanded goal is unacceptable, but two on the same power play? I’m not sure how to describe that, but I’m certain it wouldn’t be nice.
As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs went silent on trade deadline day.
There was some talk that the Leafs would try to move Dave Bolland, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at the season’s end, but his uncertain health status probably turned many would-be suitors away.