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FTB: Two weeks to go until the first NHL playoff game

The Maple Leafs first playoff game will be in about two weeks, though the day isn’t yet certain, and neither is the health of Auston Matthews.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Islanders Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs crushed the New York Islanders last night. While it was only a 4-2 win, it was decisive and also eliminated the Islanders from the playoffs. Here’s our play-by-play recap of last night’s game:

Notable last night was the absence of Auston Matthews. What was wrong and how long he will be out has not been specified, though Coach Sheldon Keefe indicated he won’t be gone for long.

The Leafs next game is on Tuesday at home in Toronto when they host the Flyers. The Flyers are already eliminated, and also an out-of-division team, so the playoff seeding implications are limited, though there is still a small amount of relevance as the Leafs need wins to cement home ice advantage. Who the Leafs will play in the first round is still not confirmed, but given the current Wild Card standings it’s increasingly likely it will be the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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