Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Maple Leafs, 12 Wins in First 20 Games


The Toronto Maple Leafs have started this season with 12 victories in their first 20 games of the season. Sure, that's fairly impressive but the fact they have no "extra points" and 8 losses kind of dulls the feat. No matter how you look at it though, 12 wins in 20 games to start a season is indeed a rare feat for Toronto. 

In fact Toronto has not accomplished this in 19 years, and it is only the 4th time in 63 years they have done it. Overall, this is only the 11th time in franchise history to start a year with at least 12 wins in the first 20 games. A fact that hopefully bodes well for the Leafs is that each time they have done this they havefinished at least third in their division (or the entire NHL prior to 1967) and have made the playoffs every single time. 

The eleven occasions that Toronto has started with at least 12 wins in their first 20 are as follows:

2012/13; 12-8-0
57 GOALS  FOR - 46 AGAINST

1993/94; 13-3-4
79 GOALS FOR - 53 AGAINST
Finished 2nd

1977/78; 12-5-3
71 GOALS FOR - 54 AGAINST
Finished 3rd

1961/62; 13-6-1
70 GOALS FOR - 45 AGAINST
Finished 2nd

1950/51; 13-4-3
67 GOALS FOR - 42 AGAINST
Finished 2nd

1941/42; 14-6-0
63 GOALS FOR - 36 AGAINST
Finished 2nd

1940/41; 14-5-1
60 GOALS FOR - 38 AGAINST
Finished 2nd

1934/35; 15-4-1
60 GOALS FOR - 40 AGAINST
Finished 1st

1933/34; 14-3-3
74 GOALS FOR - 30 AGAINST
Finished 1st

1920/21; 12-8
92 GOALS FOR - 87 AGAINST
Finished 1st

1917/18; 12-8
100 GOALS FOR - 97 AGAINST
Finished 2nd







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