With the division crown still technically up for grabs and the season rapidly winding down, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to rebound from their Monday night overtime loss as they host the Montreal Canadiens for the second of three consecutive games later tonight.
While three of the four playoff positions in the North Division have been secured with Edmonton and Winnipeg punching their postseason tickets Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively, Montreal has yet to officially claim the last spot, despite sitting ten points clear of the fifth place Calgary Flames. A win against the Leafs tonight would drop Montreal’s magic number to a single point. The Leafs meanwhile, are still playing for the number one seed and assured home ice through the first two rounds. They need five points (either gained by them or lost by Edmonton, meaning a Toronto win and Edmonton loss tonight would drop the number to one) to secure their first division crown since the 1999/2000 season.
The key focus over the past few days for Leafs fans has been the health of Nick Foligno, who left Monday night’s game late in the second period with what was revealed to be an upper body injury. …
Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation