Written By: Raihan
Hockey in Toronto, during the spring. When was the last time? Can you remember?
I can’t, because the last Maple Leafs playoff game was played when I was too young to understand hockey. Jeremy Roenick stole the show, ending the reign of a veteran team. Since then, two NHL lockouts have passed and a Leafs playoff game has yet to take place.
This spring will be different. Just a few more wins for the Leafs and they will likely have clinched a spot in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. A team which many predicted to finish 15th in the Eastern Conference will end a playoff drought that has gone on for eight years.
The Leafs, lead by Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul, and captain Dion Phaneuf have brought back Toronto’s swagger. They are a tough team—amongst the leaders in penalty minutes, hits and fighting majors. Through establishing a physical identity, they have been able to win games this season.
Toronto currently sits fifth in the Eastern Conference with 46 points. According to SportsClubStats.com, the team has a 99.4% chance of making the playoffs. As mentioned earlier, it should take a few more wins to clinch a spot.
Leafs in the playoffs and the Blue Jays favoured to win the World Series; you ready Toronto?