Currently, Carolina is in third and the southeast is looking pretty weak this season. Do you see 6th place as our best shot at advancing past the first round if we finally crack the playoffs? How do you like our chances against the Canes or anyone else in that division in a 7 game series?
Carolina is one of those teams that always seem to put up a tough fight in the post season.
I refuse to talk about our playoff seeding until we are garaunteed a playoff spot.
pretty much, until we clinch. I have no expectation. This is also a very compressed season, meaning a small losing streak can easily be our final nail to the coffin. So until we have that asterix right by our team name when I look at the score board/standings. I ain't looking or caring.
if Boston wins the division, Montreal/Ottawa get forced to 4th. having a first-round series against one of them would be too good to pass up hoping for.
but from a pure advancement perspective, yeah, 6th. if we played a series against Carolina today, we'd be easy favorites. even assuming an unlucky-so-far Tampa team catches up and takes 3rd, it would still be our best chance.
Until it is mathematically impossible, #1 is always the ideal playoff spot. Not only do you get to face the weakest (lowest seeded) playoff team but you also get the satisfaction and confidence in knowing that the Leafs were able to put together a very successful regular season.
Obviously it's ideal at this point. This team hasn't even begun to develop yet, all the core players are young and there are two blue chip defencemen that will be anchoring the blue line for years to come, and a young goalie who just needs more experience. It's only going to get better, the leafs are in a great position now with actual reasons to be optimistic and not false hope anymore on journeymen and overrated late first round pick prospects. This isn't a treadmill team, there is legitimate NHL All-Star talent on this team and they're young and will only get better as the years go on with them playing together and making the playoffs together. And when the time is right, you add that big FA to push you over the top.
Game by game for me right now. Next three games are tough ones, could easily lose all three and be in a downward spiral again. I hope Reimer can return to form, because he looked slow on a few goals last night.