- Rob Vollman, ESPN Insider
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.
The Leafs owe the end of their lengthy playoff drought to the puck luck gods, and the Devils could have been contenders ... if they'd had more time.