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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.

Why?

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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