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A look at the remaining schedule and the competition

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Are Leafs fans going to have something to celebrate?

Editor's Note: Wondering how the strength of schedule works out for the teams going for the last two playoff spots? Well, this FanPost has you sorted. Set your screen to wide or part of the table will be cut off. Look in the top right corner to change from the narrow view.

With the recent string of tough opponents the Leafs have matched up against I've been wondering how our remaining schedule stacks up against the teams above us in the standings.

The following chart compares the remaining schedules of the Leafs and the teams they are chasing for a playoff spot. I've also averaged the point totals of the remaining opponents for each team as well as their goal differentials in order to determine the relative strength of each schedule.

A couple of observations: First, the Leafs appear to have the toughest schedule of this group. With the second highest average points (71.82) and the highest average goal differential (+1.82), the Leafs have their schedule stacked slightly against them. Additionally, the Leafs are the only team who's remaining opponents actually have a positive average goal differential. The Carolina Hurricanes will likely be the most difficult team to catch as they appear to have the softest schedule of all the teams in the race (with an average goal differential way below zero at -8.41) and have currently moved into 7th place in the conference ahead of the New York Rangers. There is hope however, with the Rangers currently struggling and the Buffalo Sabres having almost as tough as schedule as the Leafs (higher average points at 72.26 and only slightly lower average goal differential at -0.63).

While the Leafs will certainly have their work cut out for them over the coming weeks in order to vault themselves into the playoffs, the recent success of the team over Eastern Conference powerhouses Philadelphia and Pittsburgh shows a rising confidence which will be absolutely necessary in order to overcome the difficulty of the remaining schedule.

TOR

Pts

GF-GA

NYR

Pts

GF-GA

BUF

Pts

GF-GA

CAR

Pts

GF-GA

CHI

76

31

OTT

53

-56

PHI

86

43

CHI

76

31

NYI

57

-31

PHI

86

43

MIN

74

-2

ATL

63

-31

PHI

86

43

ANA

73

-9

PIT

81

27

WSH

80

9

BUF

68

-1

SJ

82

19

BOS

83

48

CBJ

69

-14

TB

81

-1

NYI

57

-31

TOR

67

-27

BUF

68

-1

CAR

71

-7

MON

77

7

OTT

53

-56

TOR

67

-27

FLA

59

-17

PIT

81

27

CAR

71

-7

NYI

57

-31

BOS

83

48

FLA

59

-17

ATL

63

-31

OTT

53

-56

MIN

74

-2

OTT

53

-56

NSH

75

12

TB

81

-1

COL

60

-35

BOS

83

48

MON

77

7

TB

81

-1

DET

85

27

BUF

68

-1

FLA

59

-17

WSH

80

9

BUF

68

-1

NYI

57

-31

NJ

60

-31

MON

77

7

BOS

83

48

PHI

86

43

TOR

67

-27

NYI

57

-31

OTT

53

-56

BOS

83

48

NYR

70

19

BUF

68

-1

WSH

80

9

ATL

63

-31

WSH

80

9

DET

85

27

NJ

60

-31

NJ

60

-31

CAR

71

-7

ATL

63

-31

MON

77

7

 

 

 

TB

81

-1

TB

81

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHI

86

43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBJ

69

-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

16

 

 

19

 

 

17

 

Average

71.82

1.82

 

70.06

-1.75

 

72.26

-0.63

 

70.94

-8.41

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