Skip to content

Poll: Will the Maple Leafs make the playoffs?

Mar 2, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

Brian Burke AP

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is likely relieved that a quality — and familiar — coach like Randy Carlyle was available at this point in the season. But even so, firing his buddy Ron Wilson probably ranked pretty low on his “wish list”, so the gravity of the situation must be settling in.

That said, this decision came down to Burke saving his job and the Maple Leafs’ fading playoff chances.

So will it work?

Before you vote, here’s a look at the situation at hand.

Standings

8. Winnipeg (inactive tonight) – 70 points, 16 games remaining
9. Washington (active tonight) – 69 points, 18 games remaining
10. Buffalo (inactive tonight) – 66 points, 18 games remaining
11. Toronto (inactive tonight) – 65 points, 18 games remaining
12. Tampa Bay (active tonight) – 64 points, 19 games remaining as of this writing

Schedule

Of the Maple Leafs’ 18 remaining contests, eight will be at home while 10 are on the road. (Home record: 16-12-5; road record: 13-16-2)

Toronto’s toughest stretch comes in mid-March during a five-game road trip, six of seven away from Toronto all told. The Leafs will be in a good spot if they can fight through that run,  they’ll rotate a home and away game before playing four straight at the ACC.

The odds

Sports Club Stats gives the Maple Leafs a 12.6 percent chance to make the postseason, placing them in 10th behind Winnipeg (35.4) and Washington (56.6). Toronto doesn’t have any games left against the Jets and will visit the Capitals on March 11.

The poll

Now that you’ve had a moment to look at it from a bunch of perspectives, share your stance. Will they make the playoffs or will Burke’s gamble come up short?

  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Nice to see James has a sense of humor.

    Stick a fork in the Leafs

  2. bowens3181 - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I didn’t think the Leafs would make the playoffs a month into the season, when they were in first in the East. Why would I think they would make it now?

  3. blomfeld - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    “Will the Maple Leafs Make the Playoffs ?” …

    The answer to that is an unequivocal “Nein” ! A much better question to ask would be … “will the Kings get into double digits tomorrow night, in terms of “goals scored” in their next match against the lowly and pathetic Ducks ?” … now that’s a valid question worth asking !

    Sat: Kings 4 vs Chicago 0

    Mon: Kings 1 vs Nashville 2

    Tues: Kings 4 vs Minnesota 0

    friends … even a blind nomad could see that the LA Kings are now on the move ! … we’ve started in earnest at the right time and so you’d be well advised to climb aboard … join us friend and let’s have some fun !

  4. velocirapist - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    No they’re just dicked themselves out of a top pick instead

  5. velocirapist - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Tonight on “PHT Bloggers Ask The Darndest Questions”…

  6. ikillchicken - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    No. The coaching change is too little too late. Even if it does help turn them around they’ve already dug themselves a hole and by the time they adjust to the new guy the season will be over.

  7. rainyday56 - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    They may have a new coach but their goaltending situation hasn’t changed.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Ryan (1177)
  2. C. Giroux (1138)
  3. J. Drouin (1129)
  4. J. Quick (1093)
  5. N. Horton (1067)