Tuesday, March 20, 2012
NHL Power Ranking - Week 25
What a typical Leafs season - not good enough to make the playoffs and out of the running for the first pick in the draft. It's the hockey equivalent to purgatory. I still insist that the franchise continues to be punished for torturing Frank Mahovolich until he had a nervous breakdown then trading him away.
But don't get me started.
The Hockey News - 22nd (+4)
Next year's Leafs ought to be hypnotized into thinking they've been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in training camp.
Sportsnet - 23rd (+3)
Now that the Leafs’ season is essentially done, they can get back to winning some games. By beating both Tampa Bay and Ottawa 3-1, the Buds linked their first consecutive victories since Feb. 4-6.
TSN - 24th (+3)
In March, the Maple Leafs' goaltending tandem of James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson has posted a .926 save percentage, a far cry from their disastrous February (.894 SV%).
ESPN - 25th (-1)
The Leafs have won two in a row and are six points out of eighth, but it might as well be 60.
Fox Sports - 25th (-1)
Though affected by a return from a concussion, John-Michael Liles has two goals, four points, and a minus-10 rating in 22 games since signing a four-year contract extension.
CBS Sports - 25th (+2)
Probably too little, too late, but at least the Leafs were able to snap their losing streak this past week with a couple of wins.