The recipe for a successful regular season and subsequent playoff push may not have a specific flavour, but there are a few hard and fast rules to live by which can contribute to a potent team.
Playoff-bound teams should certainly have showcased a combination of goal scoring, defensive accountability, reliable goaltending as well as effective special teams play as evidence of their winning formula.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently off to an impressive start to the 2011-12 season but now look to continue their dominance in the Northeast division to prove that they have what it takes to win consistently. Ultimately, a playoff berth is their goal, but which players need to contribute to make that long-elusive dream a reality?
Let's look at 10 players who can help this Leafs team make the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 NHL season.