The Playoff Picture: What Should Leafs Fans Hope For?

JP Nikota
March 15 2012 10:34AM

 

 

For some, it might seem too soon to give up on the Leafs' playoff hopes, but I, for one, have already begun musing about which teams I may wind up choosing for after April 7th has come and gone.

You see, those of us for whom one team is enough to cheer for, deciding which other playoff-bound team is the least dispicable can often be a daunting chore. For every great player to cheer for, there's a scumbag on the team to cheer against - Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke, Alex Ovechkin and Alex Ovechkin.

If the playoffs started today, who could we cheer for in round one?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs' inevitable regression

Cam Charron
March 14 2012 11:17AM

Back-track to February 8th. In analyzing the then-Toronto Maple Leafs' chance at a playoff spot, I wrote the following on this blog:

Should the shooting falter, I'm not convinced the team has the defense or goaltending to stay in a playoff spot.

A commenter who went by the subtle handle of "advancedstatsareafraud", more troll than anything, responded to the facts (the team had very modest possession rates and high percentages that were carrying the team at that point) with the following point:

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Leafs lose Tuesday night game to Panthers

Danny Gray
March 14 2012 07:24AM

What's a goalie?

Last night the Leafs lost a game that they needed to win to keep any hope of making the playoffs alive. If you thought they were going to win that was pretty silly of you. Look, we all saw this coming. Or should have.

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Brian Burke's Bluster: Fans Booing

Pension Plan Puppets
March 14 2012 06:07AM

 

Brian Burke is an outsized personality in a business in which the majority are content to hide any shred of personality behind rote answers to questions. Burke is always willing to make his point loudly and memorably. From "proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence" to his rant against the rats' takeover of the NHL when the big guy speaks, people kind of remember what he says and assume it's always true and consistent. 

But should they? Well, I'm not sold.

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Goc-ha: Leafs fall to Panthers - Advanced boxscore

Cam Charron
March 13 2012 08:27PM

...welp.

A brutal effort all around for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who didn't muster any first period offense and were absolutely brutal on special teams leading to a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers that is pretty well the final nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. I'm sure at this point in the season, the process means little to Leafs fans, but you might be interested to see how they're doing as we head into the summer...

For full scoring chance numbers, including individual chances taken and created as well as the Statistical Three Stars, click past the jump.

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