Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 Reasons to Believe Their Playoff Drought Will Continue

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 10 Reasons to Believe Their Playoff Drought Will Continue
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High-scoring Phil Kessel will try to end the Maple Leafs' playoff dry spell.

Seven seasons and counting.

That's how long it has been for the Toronto Maple Leafs since they last made the playoffs.

No, that group did not include Dave Keon, Darryl Sittler, Norm Ullman and Paul Henderson. It only seems that way.

The Maple Leafs were playing like one of the most improved teams in the league through the first two-thirds of the 2011-12 season.

Then, the bottom dropped out, and instead of making the playoffs, they went into a tailspin. As the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference took shape, the Leafs had a streak in which they won only two of 17 games in February and March.

They will try to overcome that in 2012-13, but it will not be easy for this once-proud Original Six franchise.

In addition to not making the playoffs since the 2003-04 season, they haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967.

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