Tonight’s Monday night game which features the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston to face the Bruins, will feature two teams on two different paths. The Bruins are heading into the playoffs, where their goal is to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. While the Maple Leafs are still in reach of a playoff spot, as they are six points behind the Washington Capitals. The blue and white are also in reach of a potential 3rd overall draft pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, as the Minnesota Wild are 3rd last in the league and sit three points behind the Maple Leafs. There are two different teams here, with two very different stories.
Coming into tonight’s game the Bruins gave away a two goal lead Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, but thankfully ended up winning this match in the shootout. This win for the Bruins resulted in Boston being back on top of the Northeast Division with 85 points. Their enemy, the Ottawa Senators who sit one point back with 84 points, are giving the bad Bruins some serious division competition. The Bruins also have the Florida Panthers (83 points) breathing down their necks for the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference.
If the Bruins win tonight, Boston would have sweep the season series. The Bruins have outscored the Maple Leafs this season by a remarkable amount of 28-10.
Toronto Maple Leafs
There is nothing really to say here as a free fall of losses has lead the Maple Leafs from seventh to eleventh in a span of five weeks. But since Randy Carlyle has given James Reimer three straights starts, the Maple Leafs are 2-1; but still nothing to get excited about for the rest of the season, with four teams and six points to gain for a taste of the playoffs.
With 10 games left in Toronto’s schedule, the Maple Leafs can only afford a minimum of 2-3 losses the rest away, better yet go 10-0 to ensure a playoff berth.
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