Here's all the news fit to print about tonight's game for the Leafs.
The game at the ACC is secondary because as Jay points out, the real battle tonight is between the sens and Montreal. While tonight's game against the Sabres is worth nothing, as if to prove it Raycroft is getting the start, the result between the Leafs' two bitter rivals will dictate whether the team's last two games count for anything.
A sens' loss would leave them in 6th place with 92 points and only two points ahead of the surging Capitals and the Southeast leading Canes with all teams having played 80 games. That gives the team from the City That Fun Forgot an extra game played over both Boston and Philadelphia who would lie just one point back of the Trojan Ads. Wins for those teams over New Jersey and Pittsburgh respectively would leave them with 93 points resulting in the dream-like sequence for Muppet and myself. It would mean that Thursday's game would see the senators enter the ACC against the Leafs, who have won four straight meetings, in 8th place and just two points ahead of the Capitals. Are those a lot of what-ifs? Sure, are they outlandish? Not by a longshot. It's pucker-time in the National Capital Region.
A win by the Habs would also move them back into a tie for the top spot in the conference which might mean that Saturday night's finale would be an opportunity for the Leafs to keep the Habs from winning the Conference title.
So, on a night when the Leafs will be in action the real drama will be played out on The Score/TSN/Sportsnet's tickers as we wait to see whether there might still be a miniscule bright spot in the season's last week.