The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs for the first time in four years. Their young squad had a late season rush to put themselves in the position and clinched it with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
With the start of the post-season set for Wednesday they are still facing some uncertainty as to who their opponents will be for the first round. They currently sit in a tie with the Boston Bruins for 3rd in the Atlantic, thanks to their records the Leafs hold the spot for now, but tonight’s matches could shift those positions putting the Leafs into the 2nd Wild Card spot instead.
If they end up in that position than their opponents will be the Washington Capitals, a much tougher opponent, and might well spell the end for their playoffs. During the season the Capitals defeated them in 2 out of 3 matches. Not that the alternative has a better record. If nothing changes they will be facing off against the Ottawa Senators whose record against the Leafs is 3-1 with 2 pre-season wins.
Either way they will have some tough competition in the first round which begins on Wednesday. If nothing changes the match ups look like this:
You can read more about the playoffs on nhl.com
The Leafs play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 6.
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