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Putting things into perspective part 4

Four weeks later, the Leafs...haven't been as good as we'd like.  Let's see what that's done to the chances of PLAYOFFS!!!1 and other things...

Distance from the President's Trophy:  28 pts. (27 behind Chicago, Leafs lose the tiebreak).  10 points farther from when we last checked.  I think we can safely forget about this now.

Distance from the conference lead:  25 pts. (24 behind New Jersey, Leafs lose the tiebreak, New Jersey has 3 games in hand).  7 points farther from when we last checked.  This is out of reach too.

Distance from the division lead:  23 pts. (22 behind Buffalo, Leafs lose the tiebreak, Buffalo has 2 games in hand).  11 points farther from when we last checked.  Buffalo's also got a 10 point gap on Boston so it looks like they'll take the division.

Distance from the PLAYOFFS!!!1:  10 pts. (9 behind Montreal, Leafs lose the tiebreak, Leafs have 1 game in hand).  5 points farther from when we last checked.  This can still be done...if the Leafs can figure out how to score goals and make saves and win games and quick.  As an aside, Ottawa is tied with Montreal right now (with a game in hand), and they are missing...well, most of their lineup.

Distance from getting out of the Taylor Hall sweepstakes:  5 pts. (5 behind Tampa Bay, Leafs win the tiebreak, Tampa Bay has 2 games in hand).  3 points farther from when we last checked.  Realistically, this should be the Leafs goal...get out of here and win the Kessel trade.  Or something.

Distance from last place:  6 pts. (6 ahead of Carolina, Leafs lose the tiebreak, Carolina has 2 games in hand).  3 points closer than when we last checked.  Canes still aren't very good.  The Leafs can make this gap 8 points with a regulation win at home Tuesday.  Edmonton is also behind the Leafs right now, Pat Quinn is running out of things to say.  I think.

The Leafs will need to win more than the once in January that they've done so far to have any shot at...well, anything.

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