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They’re wondering how the Leafs could miss the playoffs in Toronto

Apr 19, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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It would take a monumental collapse for the Toronto Maple Leafs to miss the playoffs…but given they haven’t made the playoffs since 2004 and they had a monumental collapse last season, the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle has gone ahead and envisioned how it might happen.

Mirtle figures Toronto “should easily qualify” if it can get three points out of its last four games — hardly a tall task.

Except when you consider the way the Leafs have played in their last three games, and then it becomes slightly taller.

Toronto’s latest stinker came last night in a 5-3 home loss to the Islanders in which the Leafs were outshot 38-21.

“We were making awful, awful turnovers especially when we got up 2-0 in the first,” forward Joffrey Lupul said. “We were throwing the puck in the middle of the ice and giving them a chance to turn the momentum and have success.”

Last night was also the ninth straight game Toronto had been outshot — a dangerous way to exist in the NHL. (It’s no coincidence Chicago is averaging 5.2 more shots per game than its opposition and Buffalo is averaging 5.3 shots fewer than its opposition.)

The Leafs’ next game is Saturday in Ottawa.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    The Caps are hot and the Isles have given the Leafs headaches for years. This final stretch is against teams the Leafs have played very well against this season. They’ll lock up a spot, but if they don’t get their act together soon it’s not like that’ll matter much.

    • bcisleman - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      At this point, there are no easy games. Leafs need to approach OTT game like it was Game 7 of the Finals. If they win that, they may even hang on to the 5th slot.

  2. swizzler16 - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    As a non-leaf fan, it would be pretty hilarious to watch them fall off a cliff and miss the playoffs after being so close to clinching.
    Probably not enough truculence I guess.

    • govtminion - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Considering the swan dive they took in February and March last year, if they found a way to fail again that city would lose its mind- and SHOULD do so.

      That said, that they wouldn’t get three out of eight points coming up… would be hard to imagine. Even Colorado would be able to pull that one out, one would have to think, particularly knowing what’s on the line.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    The leafs have done well the past few years until about the real halfway point of the season. Guess having the halfway point being the end of the season could give them a nice boost to finally break the slump.

    Good luck leafs fans, you deserve it.

    Anyone know the last time the leafs and islanders made the playoffs the same year… And the wings missed???

  4. DonkeyStick - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Probably because they still think they made out in the JVR trade.

    • supercoop8 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      How exactly did they not benefit from that trade????

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Hell no!

    You gotta be down east when the playoffs start to see how important Leafs and Canadiens are to the welfare of the game. It’ nuts in the sports bars and pubs if you can’t arrange a quick third mortgage and buy game tickets?

    Hockey parties rule!

    Go Leafs…

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      I’m surprised anyone would remember what it’s like when the Leafs are in the playoffs, it’s been quite a while. If they do make the playoffs I wonder if Leafs’ fans and the Toronto media will give Brian Burke the credit? He put together this team.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        That’s probably exaggeration, but I think most Leafs fans who could walk at the time remember the team embarrassing the Sens in Game 7 as well as the stunned silence after Roenick’s OT winner in the next series. Personally I remember both events vividly.

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