Despite the absence of Ryan Miller - kept out of last night’s game, due in large part to the clapper he took off the collarbone from Dion Phaneuf – the Sabres were able to secure two points in a victory over the New York Rangers last night, meaning they need just 2 wins over their last 5 games to clinch a playoff spot on their own merit. The Leafs will have to win out over their last 5, a task that starts tonight in Boston.
The Bruins have already sewn up their playoff berth, and are now focused on securing the top spot in the Northeast Division, with the fading Montreal Canadiens looking like they could slip as far as 7th or 8th by season’s end. (wouldn’t that be something, if the Habs lost their next four games and the Leafs could knock them out in the season finale)
Tim Thomas will face James Reimer between the pipes, and the Leafs are actually in a position to win the season series tonight, having bested the B’s three times already, albeit once in a shootout. The Bruins have won the other two games in regulation. After Tuesday’s gutsy win over the Sabres, the Leafs better not come out resting on their laurels, but the team has looked better in opening periods of late.
Puck drops at 7, Go Leafs!