Currently, the Leafs are sitting in what seems to be a distant 12th in the Eastern Conference, having to pass four teams to get in the playoffs. However, in reality, the difference between the Leafs and the eighth-placed Jets is only a mere three points.
If the Florida Panthers have proven anything this season, it's that anything can happen. If a perennial bottom feeder can rise to third in the conference, the Leafs can overcome a three-point margin.
With a new coach in Randy Carlyle and 17 remaining games to be played, here are the five games the Leafs must win to have a shot at the postseason.