Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday Night in the Playoff Race

The Leafs, fresh from moving up into 9th place thanks to Carolina's second straight blowout, travel to Atlanta for their final meeting with the Thrashers. This year's matchups have been a mixed bag. The Leafs won the first one 4-2 and lost the next two 5-0 and 5-2. That is in stark contrast to last year when the Leafs blew the doors off of the Thrashers repeatedly and had compiled a streak of over 8 games where they allowed 2 or fewer goals (something like that) so here's to a blast from the past tonight.

Pittsburgh travels to Beantown to play a Bruins team that is torn between playing the spoiler or the patsy. A Penguins win puts them into second in the conference with 78 games played while Ottawa and New Jersey sit in 4th/5th. Both teams sport identical records but the next tiebreaker (points won in games between them) currently goes to the Devils as they lead the season series 2-1. This makes the April 3rd matchup between the two teams that much more important. Considering the huge lead that the sens have in goal differential a win would give them all of the tiebreakers with New Jersey and the critical seventh game if it's necessary.

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