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Leafs Lottery Guide (Mar. 14): Leafs lost, Columbus won, Edmonton got a point

Columbus beat Edmonton in a shootout, I never thought I'd love the loser point!

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Edmonton didn't do themselves a favour playing to a shootout, but whatever keeps them climbing out of 2nd in the lottery is A-OK with me. The gap between the Leafs and Columbus got wider by another 2 points and it 4 right now. As The Norris pointed out yesterday, safest thing is for the Leafs to finish 4th in the lottery, so the farthest they drop is to 5th.

Since there are 12 games, and I'm a shorter on time this morning we'll just look at the lottery games today:

Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers
Best Outcome: Philadelphia Wins

Just padding the points for the lower lottery teams

Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks
Best Outcome: San Jose wins

Same here here, plus maybe they'll knock Calgary out of the playoffs.

Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes
Best Outcome: Carolina over Florida in Overtime

Must win here for Carolina to close that gap between 4th and 5th. A point for the Panthers pads their numbers.

New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres
Best Outcome: Rangers in Regulation

Sabres are getting pick 1 or pick 2. If they lose it keeps Edmonton father from 1st in the lottery.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks
Best Outcome: Vancouver in regulation

Yeah yeah, bad fans cheer to lose, but no points means we stay where we are and away from 6th.

Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning
Best Outcome: Tampa Bay in regulation

This will keep Winnipeg out of the playoffs. Which is nice.

New Jersey Devils at Arizona Coyotes
Best Outcome: Arizona Wins in Overtime

Third is a longshot, but if the Coyotes get hot, it's maybe possible?

Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche
Best Outcome: Colorado wins

Collect those points you "hey mayyyybe we could make the playoffs?" thinkers.

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings
Best Outcome: LA in regulation

Keep knocking Nashvilles pick lower.

There it is for Saturday. Go Canucks!

Ugh. I feel so dirty.

Here are the standings.

Team Point


Odds at #1
Buffalo 44 15 20%
Edmonton 48 13 13.5%
Arizona 50 14 11.5%
Carolina 58 16 9.5%
Toronto 60 13 8.5%
Columbus 64 14 7.5%
New Jersey 67 14 6.5%
Philadelphia 70 13 6.0%
Colorado /\ 73 14 5.0%
Dallas \/ 74 13 3.5%
Florida /\ 74 15 3.0%
Ottawa \/ 75 15 2.5%
San Jose 76 14 2.0%
Winnipeg 78 14 1.0%