Pre-Game Talk: Time to talk Playoffs

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  1. MapleLeafs9 Registered User

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    This right here. Doesn't matter if it's Montreal, Winnipeg, or Edmonton. We've proven all season long we're the best team in the North and we should 100% beat whoever we play in the 1st round. We have a winning record against every single team in the North, we need to stop panicking about who we're possibly playing and just WIN. It's time to win a round. Enough's enough.
     
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    The ups and downs are all part of the fun. Best not to tell others how the enjoy life.
     
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  3. NinjaKick cut sugar out of your life. it's literally poison

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    I'm with you home slice... we got this shit
     
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    100% man. I couldn't care less if we get the division title or not. It makes no difference who we play or where we end up in the standings. We are by far the best team top to bottom in the division and should win in any series. I think some people are forgetting that the 3 other teams going to the playoffs desperately don't want to face us in R1. For good reason. We've been playing meaningless hockey for over 2 months. The boys will ramp it up here in a week or so, and will crush it
     
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    I would be upset if we didn't win the division. It was never really close and I would not be happy if a run by the Oil vs the lowly Canucks lets them pass us.

    The good news is we are quite a bit ahead of them and we control our destiny. Just make sure that we don't have another slide and get 5 points in 4 games.
     
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    I was a bit nervous about the Habs but now I really want that match up. Leafs are simply better and that will show over a series.
     
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    The Habs will only have a chance if the Leafs fall asleep or shoot themselves in the foot. If they come out hungry for the series win, focused and apply all the good development they've shown for long stretches this year and the goaltending is its usual high quality with Campbell, it's their series to win.
     
  8. Confucius We Can and We Will

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    Vancouver in the 2nd has so far shutout the oilers and are up 1-0. Here's hoping they can win a game and keep McDavid off the sheet as well.

    Well that didn't age well. lol! 3-1 Oilers McDavid with 2 assists, end of 2nd.
     
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  9. cupcrazyman Stupid Sexy Flanders

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  10. Teeder Keon Defeat does not rest lightly on their shoulders

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    Canucks aren't going to do us any favours .. Just hope that the Oilers can lose one of their games to the Habs, and the Leafs can win a couple more games.
     
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    How does it not make a difference where we end up in the standings, of course it does.

    Yes we should win any series but still, it would be nice to win the division which is something we haven't done in ages. We've been in first for over 3 months I believe, sliding to second in the last week of the season is not a good way to head into the playoffs.
     
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    Agree. We need to win 3 of the next 4 to be safe.
     
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    I get what you're saying, yes, but in the grand scheme of things regular season division wins are meaningless. Nobody will remember that Leafs finished 1st place if they don't make the final 4. I personally don't get any extra thrill out of it. If you finish 1st, you get the Habs or Jets. If you finish 2nd you get the Habs or Jets. What is the difference? You don't get some huge advantage by finishing 1st. But, yes, I want the Leafs to win their remaining regular season games so they can go into the playoffs with some confidence and swagger.
     
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    Line matching, especially against the Oilers, is going to be pretty important. Need to lock up that first overall.
     
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    Habs...they both have goalies that can flat out go god mode and make the series miserable for us...Habs are better defensively but Winnipeg has the horses up front to go against us (we are still better but they are the closest) in terms of entertainment it’s Winnipeg hands down as the Habs will play that boring trap heavy style as they can’t compete skill vs skill
     
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    In response to the post you responded to MTL beating Edmonton wouldn’t be an upset 2-4 is really a toss up in terms of whose better...they’re all specialized

    MTL: goaltending and trap happy Defence
    WPG: goaltending and a top 6 that can absolutely kill you opportunistically
    Edm: McDrai end of story maybe Nurse if you’re feeling generous
     
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    Right now Winnipeg and Montreal are tied in points and games played and sitting tied for 3rd or battling for 4th depending on how you want to look at it.

    One of these 2 teams is going to be Leafs 1st round opponent.

    I was hoping for a Leafs / Canadiens original 6 match-up, but how the Leafs perform head to head vs the Habs this week likely to determine that outcome, although the last game of the season outcome vs Jets might be the final deciding factor how this all plays out.
     
  19. egd27 Donec nunc annum Sponsor

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    The rationalization begins. (the post you quoted)

    Next on the agenda, injuries and "we were resting" :DD
     
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    Honestly. There's a 0% chance Mikheyev is coming out of the lineup. It's a non starter.
     
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    I think one thing is that this era of the Leafs have been unable to get it done when it counts... Seeing the Leafs' lock up the division can be seen as an indication that they're starting to figure it out. There's no doubt this roster has the talent and depth to make a run, but at this point it's almost a mental thing.. So locking up the division, when they've had a strong lead for so much of the season is a good benchmark.

    They just need 5 points in their next 4 games .. So it's not a big ask, and should be easily attainable. But we've seen this group come up short before.
     
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    Once the playoffs are done, nobody cares about the regular season, agree with you there. I still don't want to head to the playoffs on a down note and overall standings matter for seeding in the 3rd round so not completely irrelevant.

    I also took issue with the statement that winning the division has no impact on the standings - of course it does as if you win you're higher in the standings then if you don't. So give me those nit points, I think I've earned them. :laugh::laugh:

    We should be favoured against all of them but ATM I'd say EDM would be the toughest opponent based on the overall standings, goal differential and the fact that they're on a roll. So yeah, I'm glad that we get to warm up on a lesser opponent in the 1st round.
     
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    Yeah I'd rather just keep playing like we can and finish the season on a winning note.
     
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  24. HellasLEAF Auston 20:16

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    I don't want Montreal personally.

    Prefer we play the Jets.
     
  25. ACC1224 Keeping it real, someone has to.

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    and ‘unlucky’ when all else fails
     
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