Bruce Arthur on Toronto’s team (FINALLY) being playoff bound
The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to make the playoffs. This may seem like an obvious statement, but it has become an extremely unusual sentence to type in this day and age, like writing that newspapers are making galactic profits, or that the Internet is a nice babysitter for the kids. The Leafs making the playoffs used to be a pretty normal occurrence. It was a different time.
But it’s going to happen for the first time since 2003-04, when they had five guys on the roster who have since been put in the Hall of Fame. The site sportsclubstats.com has the Leafs at 99.8% to get in, with a 73% shot at fifth in the Eastern Conference, and an 18% chance at sixth, which is probably better. Either way, with nine games left and 48 points in the bank, the odds are overwhelmingly good.
“Oh, wow,” says defenceman Mike Kostka, grinning, when told of the 99.8% number. “Stats don’t lie, right?” (Photo: Abelimages/Getty Images)