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Tampa's win vaults them past both Florida and Philly. But three forwards (Johnson, Namestnikov, Plaquette) went down with an assortment of knee/ankle injuries last night. Some of them looked bad.

Toronto best the Flyers convincingly but remain out of a playoff spot as the Islanders needed OT but still got the two points in Vancouver.

With the win, though, the Leafs are just two back of the Bruins with a have in hand.

Karlsson had himself quite the night, assisting in the first goal, then scoring the tying goal and the OT winner for a three point night. He's only 6 points behind Burns but, more importantly, the team is just 2 back of the Habs with two games in hand.

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The Sens will play the Habs three times in eight nights. That's like a playoff round.  Ottawa has three games to go before this showdown: Colorado to finish off this road trip, then back home to face Tampa and Chicago. The rash of injuries for the Bolts comes at a very opportune time. The Habs play Edmonton and Chicago.  We will still have one game in hand but could be tied or even ahead in the standings.

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Lundqvist is going to miss two to three weeks.  This might actually be a blessing in disguise for the Rags, who will now have a more rested Lundqvist going into the playoffs...They're pretty much cemented in that first wildcard spot.

In other news, Philly plays Boston at 1pm today which should be a dandy if anyone else is like me and hibernating for the day. Seriously. I just went to Costco and nearly froze to death in the parking lot.

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Rangers are 13 points up. Even if the Islanders win the two games in hand they would still be 9 back. Yep, pretty much cemented.

That said, I'm not sure if this would be a rested Lundqvist or a brittle one. I said this earlier, somewhere, maybe on Twitter, but although he is only about nine months older than Anderson, he has played something like 40% more games. A ton of wear and year on that body. And the lady few years he's had to deal with a lot more injuries than before. The King is getting long in the tooth.


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wprager wrote:Rangers are 13 points up.  Even if the Islanders win the two games in hand they would still be 9 back.  Yep, pretty much cemented.

That said, I'm not sure if this would be a rested Lundqvist or a brittle one.  I said this earlier, somewhere, maybe on Twitter, but although he is only about nine months older than Anderson, he has played something like 40% more games.  A ton of wear and year on that body.  And the lady few years he's had to deal with a lot more injuries than before. The King is getting long in the tooth.

In the East I think it's just the Boston spot and the NYI spot that are up for grabs at this point. The rest should finish as it lies right now. CBJ and Pitts might shuffle, but that doesn't make any difference.

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Actually Columbus and Pittsburgh are both just three back of the Caps. Washington has a difficult schedule ahead. Next six games before they play Columbus are against LA, Anaheim, Minnesota, Nashville, Tampa and Calgary. Meantime the Jackets play Buffalo, Philly, Florida, Islanders, Devils, Leafs. Those two could be a lot closer than three points. Could even flip flop.


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wprager wrote:Actually Columbus and Pittsburgh are both just three back of the Caps.  Washington has a difficult schedule ahead.  Next six games before they play Columbus are against LA, Anaheim, Minnesota, Nashville, Tampa and Calgary. Meantime the Jackets play Buffalo, Philly, Florida, Islanders, Devils, Leafs.  Those two could be a lot closer than three points. Could even flip flop.

Yada yada yada...the Caps will finish at the top of the league.

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Let's revisit this after the next six games, when the Caps play the Jackets.


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wprager wrote:Let's revisit this after the next six games, when the Caps play the Jackets.

Nod

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Pittsburgh more just one point back of Washington.


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Took a quick look at the upcoming games for Ottawa and Montreal. The Habs have a relatively easy schedule. The three head to head games will be huge. Winning all three would be unreal. Realistically, though, that's not likely to happen.

But it would be sweet Smile


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wprager wrote:Took a quick look at the upcoming games for Ottawa and Montreal. The Habs have a relatively easy schedule. The three head to head games will be huge. Winning all three would be unreal. Realistically, though, that's not likely to happen.

But it would be sweet Smile

Maybe not in your Habs-loving world, but over here in Sens town I'd say winning all three is close to a lock.  Nod

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BOOK. IT.

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I'm glad you guys aren't anywhere near the players. Respect your opponent. Well, at least until after the handhake line.


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Habs Oilers is another snoozer. At least it won't be a scoreless tie in OT. Lucic makes it 1-0.


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Bah! Left the gym with the Oil leading 1-0. Went for a coffee and a drive on the way home and by the time we got back the game was over and the Habs were back in first.


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Ready for some good news? Although the Sharks scored 5, Burns had none of that. EK still 7 back, now has a game in hand.


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Sens are battling injuries, the Habs have an easier schedule. Realistically if we gain two points in the head to head (win two, lose one) we still have a tough time catching them. So the most likely first round opponent would be the Bruins (Leafs still 2 back of Boston with a game in hand, but their regaining schedule is tough).

If we do catch and pass the Habs, then it will most likely be the Rangers. Still could be Columbus, though.


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