Turns out the only team who can beat the Seattle Kraken right now are the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have now moved to within two points of the Leafs with two games in hand. It’s been a bad week for Toronto, with two losses coupled with winning streaks for each of their divisional rivals.
Tampa Bay have won four straight, Boston and Florida have won two straight. They all have made up ground on Toronto in their last 10 games. This is part of the ebbs and flows of the season, it’s just a particularly nasty one.
The Leafs had a small chance of giving Boston a run for their money, that still might happen, but now they need to rebuild their gap to Tampa Bay if they want to keep home ice advantage.
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Canucks president Jim Rutherford held a press conference where he kept talking.
“We haven’t had the opportunity to take those steps… we’re stuck with contracts that we can’t move. Until we move those out or until they expire, it’s going to be hard to take those steps.” - Jim Rutherford. #Canucks— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) January 16, 2023
And talking. You heard it here first, the Lightning are going to get Bo Horvat for 7/8 defenseman Cal Foote straight up.