Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Games the Leafs Must Win to Make the Playoffs

March 4th, 2012 by Harry Orbach Miller Leave a reply »
As the number of games remaining on the NHL schedule goes down, each game's importance for the Toronto Maple Leafs goes up. 

Currently, the Leafs are sitting in what seems to be a distant 12th in the Eastern Conference, having to pass four teams to get in the playoffs. However, in reality, the difference between the Leafs and the eighth-placed Jets is only a mere three points.

If the Florida Panthers have proven anything this season, it's that anything can happen. If a perennial bottom feeder can rise to third in the conference, the Leafs can overcome a three-point margin. 

With a new coach in Randy Carlyle and 17 remaining games to be played, here are the five games the Leafs must win to have a shot at the postseason.

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