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15 Points

15 points. That's what the experts say the Toronto Maple Leafs will need to add to last season's totals, in order to make the playoffs this season.
Eight points. That is what the Leafs have amassed with their four-and-oh start this season.
By my calculations, keeping in mind, I am no mathemagician, the Leafs need to win four more games (out of five) to make the playoffs.
"Huh?" You might ask. It's simple really.
The Maple Leafs didn't win in their first nine tries last year. They need 15 more points this year than last. If they can score those 15 points in the first nine games of this year, they can play as crappy as they did the rest of the season last year, and still have those 15 points to fall back on.
It's not like the Leafs got through the first nine contests last year and then lit it up, right? No, they were pretty bad all season. So, it's money in the bank.
See? Simple.

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  1. Of course we would like them to go farther than just making the playoffs but it would be a nice start.

  2. The biggest differences this year will be actually having Phil Kessel in the line up from day 1 and having decent (and sometimes great) goaltending with Giguere/Gustavsson instead of Toskala.

  3. I've liked the work ethic thus far. They're not going to have the talent to win every game, but they are a lot more exciting to watch, lately.