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Will TO end up with home ice for the playoffs?

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Essentially, there exists a high probability of the Leafs entering the first round of the playoffs with home-ice advantage.


Well, you may have noticed that the Boston Bruins currently have three games in hand on the Leafs. At one point, that number got up to five.

How is that possible?

Basically, Toronto’s early-season schedule was absolutely gruelling. Over the first four months, they played more games than any other NHL team and did so in the shortest amount of time.

On the other hand, The Bruins have had a brisk Autumn stroll through the season so far. In terms of both workload and competition, their schedule has been softer than a baby’s bottom.

What’s that famous Einstein quote again?  Oh yeah, “for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction”.

Boston has to cram 29 games into the final eight weeks. Normally NHL teams play an average of about 3.1 games a week; the Bruins will be playing 3.6 the rest of the way. And 17 of those final 29 are on the road.

That’s absurd.

Meanwhile, the Leafs are about to face the Jack Eichel-less Sabres four times in the span of a month. That’s four wins right there.

Then, over the next 26 games, Toronto will take on opponents not currently holding playoff spots a whopping 15 times(!).

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Very interesting!!:beer:

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I still think the team has been flat since the trade deadline and hurting without Matthews. Other teams got that trade deadline day "boost" (Bruins and Lightning) and really separated themselves from Toronto while the Leafs have struggled lately.


In an alternate universe somewhere, the Leafs picked up Karlsson and vaulted to the top of the division, heading into the playoffs as the favourite. It's another one of those franchise "defining moments" where the Leafs had an opportunity to improve in a big big way (a "final piece of the puzzle" kind of way) and capture this moment in time, but chose to stand pat. (Standing pat at the trade deadline actually means losing ground.)


Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox lol. :haha:

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Marner/Nylander plus Rielly plus a 1st would've probably been the cost, possibly.


Would it be worth it for the current version of Karlsson, last year for sure, this year?

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