Editor's Note: Time is slipping away from the Leafs in terms of starting to play some good hockey that results in actual wins rather than moral victories but just how far are they from certain benchmarks? Now we know. Playoffs don't seem THAT far away...
Might make this a weekly thing...just to see how far the Leafs are from various positions in the standings.
Distance from the President's Trophy: 22 pts. (21 behind San Jose, Leafs would lose the tiebreak...Leafs have four games in hand). (Yeah, we can probably forget about this one.)
Distance from the conference lead: 18 pts. (17 behind New Jersey, Leafs would lose the tiebreak). (This one is probably out of reach too.)
Distance from the division lead: 15 pts. (14 behind Buffalo, Leafs would lose the tiebreak...and Buffalo also has a game in hand). (Leafs probably won't get this either. As an aside, if the PLAYOFFS!!!1 started now, every other team in the Northeast would not make it.)
Distance from the PLAYOFFS!!!1: 10 pts. (10 behind the Islanders...Leafs have two games in hand). (If the Leafs would just play better and put some wins together, maybe this wouldn't seem so far...)
Distance from getting out of the Taylor Hall sweepstakes: 6 pts. (5 behind St. Louis, Leafs would lose the tiebreak). (Surely they can get out of here?!?)
Distance from last place: Leafs have a 1 point lead over Carolina and would win a tiebreak (and the Leafs also have a game in hand). (Let's hope they get as far as they can ahead of here...!)
So...well they're not screwed yet...but the Leafs had better start playing like it's November soon.
Oh wait, it IS November! Uh oh...