It’s time for a playoff heavy edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect roundup! Just as the Leafs are in their final week of the season, the Marlies enter a huge week with their playoff lives on the line, plus updates from the OHL and ECHL after the first week of their respective postseasons.
Let’s get right into things!
It’s crunch time for the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate.
The Marlies went 1-2-0 last week with two heartbreaking one-goal losses to division rivals in the Belleville Senators. Thanks to Rochester’s own struggles (0-2-2 last week), the Marlies remain fifth in the North Division standings and in a playoff spot for the time being.
“The results are very tough to swallow right now.”
Hear from Joseph Duszak and Greg Moore in Wednesday’s postgame media mash. #MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/okdQWSTEmq
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) April 21, 2022
Rochester has one game remaining in their regular season, a home game against the North Division’s top squad, the Utica Comets. A win would put the Americans ahead of Toronto for the final playoff spot in the North Division, but it isn’t quite that straightforward. As the Marlies and Americans have different lengths of schedule this year, seeding is based on points percentage.
Currently, the Marlies sit at .551, with the Americans behind at .547. The Marlies, though, have three games remaining away at Laval (twice) and finishing the year in Belleville. With this format, Rochester could lose on Friday and still beat the Marlies for the final playoff spot if the Marlies fail to record two points out of the three games.
Here are the remaining scenarios for the Marlies:
6/6 points = Clinch
5/6 points = Clinch
4/6 points = Clinch
3/6 points = Clinch with Rochester loss (any fashion …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation