With two series remaining in the Eastern Conference playoffs, one of the matchups for the next round has been etched in stone – the pesky Ottawa Senators will face the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.
But what about the other tilt?
As crazy as it may seem, the Leafs still have a shot at home ice for the next round should they be able to force a Game 7 against the Bruins and then finish it off the following night in Boston. If the Washington Capitals finish off the New York Rangers then the Leafs would travel to D.C. for a series that would likely begin on Wednesday night. But if the Rangers do what the Leafs are trying to do and succeed, then the No. 5 seeded Toronto would play host to the No. 6 seeded Rangers.
That’s a lot of cart before a lot of horse, of course, but both are possibilities.
As for tonight’s contest at the Air Canada Centre, the Leafs will be attempting to do what many teams before them have done to the Bruins. In five of their past six playoff series, Boston has been forced to go the distance.