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Team building...a human pyramid. "Shot gun not on the bottom!"
The Toronto Maple Leafs will keep the surprises coming when they face off against their division rivals, the Buffalo Sabres in the first round and take them in seven games. Leafs mania will inevitably ensue which prompts the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, to address plans for the infamous "parade" that Leafs fans have been planning for the last 45 years.
Unfortunately, the Maple Leafs will succumb to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the Conference Semifinals, so the parade is put on hold yet again.
As previously noted, these predictions are based on staggeringly accurate systems that may or may not have been confirmed by actual scientists and/or statisticians. But on the outside chance that these predictions don't hold true, what predictions do you have for this 2011-12 Maple Leafs team?
Will Brian Burke’s new additions produce a team worthy of playoff glory or will this version of the Blue and White again fail to keep hockey alive in Toronto well into April? According to Burke, the talent is there; it’s now up to Ron Wilson to prove himself as an effective head coach to motivate this club to the postseason.
Failure certainly does make the prospect of success all the more succulent in Leafsland, however, if by the All-Star break this team has played themselves out of a playoff spot for an eighth consecutive season, expect to see Wilson warming his hands over your local community barrel fire. How's that for a prediction?