When the Detroit Red Wings came from behind to beat the Florida Panthers (on Spacey in Space night no less!) it resulted in the Toronto Maple Leafs becoming the first team mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this season.
Hypothetically, if the Maple Leafs – who defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Saturday – won their remaining 11 games they would finish with 83 points, which is what the Red Wings have right now.
Detroit has 34 regulation/overtime wins (ROW) compared to Toronto’s 19. The Leafs can not finish with more than 30 ROW, so they’re out because ROW is the first tiebreaker category the league looks at if two teams are tied in points at the end of the season.
The Maple Leafs have qualified for the post-season just once since the 2004-05 lockout.