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Leafs register fewest wins in NHL since all-star break

- April 6th, 2012

MONTREAL — The Maple Leafs’ failure to earn a playoff spot is summed up starkly in their record since the all-star break.
The Leafs, which should not surprise anyone, have won a league-low 10 games since the NHL took some time off for the all-star events in Ottawa at the end of January.
Even the Minnesota Wild — the only team that had a playoff berth at the break to wind up losing it — won more games. The Wild and Montreal Canadiens, who entertain the Leafs on Saturday night, have won 11 games after the break.
The Leafs are 10-17-5, and along the way, played badly enough to get coach Ron Wilson fired on March 2.
Their 17 regulation losses post-break are tied for the most in the NHL with Minnesota.
The Leafs were in ninth with 55 points, equal to Washington, Florida and New Jersey. In the time that has elapsed since Joffrey Lupul and other Leafs all-stars were given a rough ride by Senators fans in Ottawa, the Leafs earned 25 points. New Jersey got 45, Florida 37 and Washington 35.
As mentioned, only the Wild fell out of the playoffs. The Phoenix Coyotes, 18-7-5 since the break, are the only club in the playoffs that was on the outside looking in at the time.
The most wins since the break? Pittsburgh has 22. New Jersey has 21, while the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks have 20 each.