After playing 35 games of a 48 game shortened season, the Maple Leafs sit in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, and in 4th place in the Northeast Division with a record of 19 wins, 12 losses, and 4 overtime losses for 42 points. They are 5 points behind Montreal for the lead in their division, and 12 points behind Pittsburgh in the Conference.
Toronto’s offense has been lead by Nazem Kadri with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists), James van Riemsdyk (14 goals), and Phil Kessel (24 assists.) Kadri has a plus/minus of +17, Mark Fraser is +15, and Cody Franson +9. Ben Scrivens has a GAA of 2.59 which is 26th overall. James Reimer has a GAA of 2.65 for 28th overall. Scrivens has a save percentage of .918, good for 16th overall, while Reimer has a save percentage of .916 for 22nd. Reimer has started 19 games and has a record of 12-4-4 good for 16th place, while Scrivens started 16 games with a record of 7-8-0 for 35th place.
The Leafs currently stand in a playoff spot and would face the Winnipeg Jets in the first round if the season ended today. A good spot to be in when one considers that they have not appeared in the post season since 2004. The Leafs, of course, have famously not won the Stanley Cup – nor played in the Finals – since beating the Montreal Canadiens in 1967!
Right now, the Maple Leafs should have a good chance to beat the Jets, especially as they have just come beating the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 tonight. However, there is no guarantee. However, it appears that ‘Leafs Nation’ can look forward to at least one round of playoffs and with some moves in the off-season may have the chance for a long run in the post season next year.