Key Win Keeps Toronto Maple Leafs In Race For Top Seed

By Andy Schmidt
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

With the Northeast Division so jumbled this season, every win becomes extremely important. On Monday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs got a very big 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Toronto now has 24 points for the season, which puts the Maple Leafs in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. There are six teams that have between 24 and 27 points, and with the Montreal Canadiens coming to Toronto on Wednesday night, the Maple Leafs can gain on several teams with a win.

I thought the win on Monday was a game of note because of the play from goalie Ben Scrivens, who made 25 saves and improved to 6-5 on the year. The play of Scrivens the rest of this season will determine whether Toronto emds up with home ice in the first round or is sitting with the No. 7 or 8 seed. The amount of parity around the National Hockey League is unbelievable so far this year, and Toronto is right in the middle of that.

It is becoming a very fun season for fans in Toronto, who have seen their team hang around the .500 mark the last four years and are anxious to see them become an elite team. Wednesday’s game against their Canadian rivals will a long way towards showing whether Toronto is ready to lock into the playoff race or not. If Scrivens continues producing, the rest of the season will look bright for the Leafs.

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.

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