This article is by Eric Warren. Eric is also a frequent contributer to Bleacher Report.
|"Optimus Reim" is the primary reason that the Leafs are still in the hunt|
The , after a win in last night, still find themselves five points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and while time is growing short with only eight games left for the team in the regular season, they aren't out of it yet.
The and are doing their part to help the Leafs. It appears, however, that the and simply refuse to lose.
For the Leafs to get into the postseason, they pretty much have to win out and hope for a little help. If the Leafs do in fact win out, the Sabres would have to lose four games of their remaining nine for the Leafs to pass them into eighth place.
The Sabres' magic number to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs from postseason contention is 5.5, which equals 11pts, so if Buffalo gets 11 points (92 total points), the Leafs are done, even if they win out and finish with 92 points, as I believe the Sabres own the tiebreakers.
The question is, of course, can the Leafs win all eight of their remaining games? Yes.
According to a recent article right here on , there is reason to be happy about the Leafs' remaining schedule, as they play five of their remaining eight games on the road.
In the Leafs last 10 road games, they are 7-2-2 and have outscored their opposition 25-22.
While it is no surprise that some fans are quick to point out that if not for the mostly excellent play of rookie goaltender the Leafs would be nowhere close to where they are now, it is worth noting that more goalies carry their team than players at any other position.
Just ask former goaltender Jaro Halak.