Toronto's futile playoff push
It is just far-fetched enough in this crazy, tumultuous, and controversial Maple Leafs season that making the playoffs no is longer out of the question.I suppose it depends how you define "impossible."
Actually, with all that has gone on, a near calendar of calamity, the Leafs may be just astonishing enough to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference.
From a small piece I put together for today's newspaper on the chances Toronto can make the playoffs:
Currently in 12th spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference with 68 points in 67 games, the Leafs are on pace for 83 points this season, eight fewer than when they placed ninth last year and missed the playoffs. The team needs an 11-3-1 record in its final 15 games to reach last season's 91 points.In other words, the Leafs would have to finish the year on a 17-4-2 run to reach last year's non-playoff point total.
Even in light of the team's recent 6-1-1 hot streak, online number crunchers agree it's incredibly unlikely Toronto would qualify for the postseason this year.
According to three different probability sites, Toronto has somewhere between a 3- and 6-per-cent chance of making the playoffs.
The troubling part, if you're a Leafs fan? Sportsclubstats reports that Toronto has a greater chance of making the playoffs than of finishing in dead last in the conference.
The chances they get Steven Stamkos are shrinking by the win.
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