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Toronto Maple Leafs Have Chance To Get Points In Eastern Conference

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

There is no bigger thing in Canada on a Saturday night than “Hockey Night in Canada”.

This Saturday night will bring the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road to the Ottawa Senators. It is a match-up between two teams that are both over the .500 mark for the season, and could be fighting for a playoff spot before too long. Toronto is in the top ten in the National Hockey League in scoring and goals against, and I expect the Maple Leafs to make it a very long night on the Senators.

James van Riemsdyk is looking like a player that is hitting his peak right now. Van Riemsdyk has 10 points in his last 11 games going into Saturday night, and there are very few players around the NHL as hot right now. If Toronto can get another great night out of him, the Maple Leafs shouldn’t have any problem moving right through the Senators and taking a victory home.

If you are looking strictly into the future at the playoffs in two months, this game could have major repercussions  These two teams appear to be on a collision course towards playing each other in the playoffs if they keep up their current records.

The Eastern Conference is one that is very jumbled right now, and the team that can go on a long winning streak is likely going to end up being the top seed this season. That could be the Maple Leafs if van Riemsdyk can keep scoring on a regular basis, and their goalies keep up their rate of success this season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.