Much to the joy of their long suffering fans, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back in the NHL Playoffs. The Leafs clinched their spot in the postseason after a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh Saturday night in Toronto. This will be Toronto’s first playoff appearance since 2013. Unsurprisingly, many people doubted the Leafs chances. Lets take a look at a few examples…
.@TSNDaveNaylor predicted the Leafs would make the playoffs next year. After last night's win do you agree?
— Naylor & Landsberg (@NaylorLandsberg) March 25, 2016
1 year ago today @TSNDaveNaylor said "the Maple Leafs will make the playoffs in 2017". Will they? Brought to you by @COLThockey
— Naylor & Landsberg (@NaylorLandsberg) March 16, 2017
THN’s Leafs season preview: they probably won’t finish last again, but still not very good https://t.co/49A0Ivx5lh pic.twitter.com/vzspblcJXu
— dom ?? (@domluszczyszyn) September 12, 2016
meanwhile THN's Leafs preview suggests they will not only miss the playoffs but actually disappear entirely https://t.co/JhC0cE7Q4r
— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) September 22, 2016
I think I'm pulling for Blue Jays bcs the NHL season hasn't even started yet and the Maple Leafs are already not going to make the playoffs.
— John Thomas (@JohnThomasTV) October 5, 2016
NHL point projections: How we see the 2016-17 season unfolding. https://t.co/oh4dfJu0OL pic.twitter.com/anlrjbTUug
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) October 4, 2016
Will the Leafs make the playoffs this season?
— TSN 1050 Toronto (@TSN1050Radio) October 7, 2016
How ironic that Auston Matthews scores 4 goals in his first game as a Leaf, the same day the Leafs are eliminated from the playoffs.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) October 13, 2016
The Toronto Maple Leafs begin their 2016-17 season tonight.
The road to not the playoffs will soon get underway …
— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) October 12, 2016
@bigmatt93 @InGillWeTrust @petehere7 @ReidMethod @Jared_Organ @Chase_m2 bahaha the leafs are five draft picks away from making the playoffs
— Stephen Puddicombe (@sdpuddicombe) November 6, 2016
3 straight L's for #Bruins. What stings most is dropping games to inferior competition. Avs & Leafs not going to playoffs. The B's should.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) December 11, 2016
Eventually pucks are going to start going in and the Leafs will make a furious rush to miss the playoffs by 3 points.
— Draglikepull (@draglikepull) December 18, 2016
At this point, kinda hoping the Leafs can slide their way into a top-7 pick. Playoffs aren't happening.
— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) March 4, 2017
The Maple Leafs are 3-4-2 since the All-Star break. Will they make the playoffs? Poll brought to you by @COLThockey
— Naylor & Landsberg (@NaylorLandsberg) February 16, 2017