Well, last night didn’t go as planned. The Maple Leafs lost to the Canadiens in overtime, and now sit five points back of the division leaders. However the loser point now has the Leafs within one point of the Ottawa Senators for home ice in the playoffs, as they sit at 69 points to Ottawa’s 70.
Here is today’s late cheering guide, damn afternoon games.
Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars
The Bruins are currently beating the Stars 5-2 with ten minutes left in the third period. It would have been great if the score was reversed. If the Bruins hold onto the lead, they’ll knock the Leafs out of the Atlantic playoffs at down into the second wild card spot.
Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers
This one is a tricky one to pick, but we need the Panthers to beat the Senators in regulation. A Panthers win puts them one point back of the Maple Leafs, but keeps the Senators from taking a three point lead ahead of the boys in blue.
Games with no impact on the Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Rangers
This is a game to lose for both teams. Right now the Jackets have the easier playoff round, sitting in the first wild card spot they’ll play the Canadiens instead of the Penguins.
St. Louis Blues @ Chicago Blackhawks
The Blues are in a wild card spot right now, a win ties them with Nashville at 69 points.
That’s it for today. Go Panthers!