Maple Leafs lucky to be in playoffs

Toronto took advantage of a short season, but New Jersey suffered for it

Updated: May 1, 2013, 12:19 PM ET
By Rob Vollman | Hockey Prospectus
Nazem KadriGraig Abel/NHLI/Getty ImagesToronto was outshot by 4.8 attempts per 60 minutes this season with Nazem Kadri on the ice.

We all knew when the lockout-shortened, 48-game 2013 NHL season began that some borderline team would qualify for the postseason by going on a hot streak it would have had difficulty sustaining over a full 82-game campaign. We just didn't know which team it would be. As it turns out, it looks as if that team is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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