Andersen's status in question as Maple Leafs recall Garret Sparks

Ross Houston
April 9, 2017

Some might disagree, but Pittsburgh owes it to the Lightning and Islanders, both of whom could still leap frog the Maple Leafs for that spot, to dress everybody. Like Pittsburgh, their first round opponent, they don't need the points. They must beat the last-place Devils (28-38-14) Saturday and then dial up another victory Sunday at home against the Ottawa Senators, while the Maple Leafs can not earn more than one point in their final two games this weekend.

Toronto has 93 points with two games remaining, while the Lightning and Islanders both have 90.

The Capitals will face the Bruins or the Maple Leafs. If you start worrying about other stuff it'll just affect your mindset. "I've felt pretty good here and we've got a good chunk of days off here lately so that's definitely a good thing heading down the stretch here".

For the Lightning, it looks like Joel Vermin will be sent back to the Syracuse Crunch after being scratched last night.

"Come playoff time, if we do make it, everyone will find out just how competitive you have to be".

The club has somehow rallied into contention with those like Point emerging alongside stars like Kucherov and Norris trophy candidate Victor Hedman (three assists).

Coaches, managers, and scouts were fired in the ensuing turbulence, the organization overhauled in nearly every way imaginable. Doing so would require the Maple Leafs to pick up the maximum four points in their final games to leapfrog the Bruins in the standings.

"I thought they were desperate and played a simple, forechecking game", Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "They were desperate. They played a simple, forechecking game, clogged up the neutral zone". "You go over and over a foundation of how to play so in the big moments you do what you do, but we didn't do that". We'll know soon enough exactly who will be there. The kids had been kept under wraps of late with just a Mitch Marner goal in a pair of 4-1 losses that made the who city fret about everything coming down to Sunday.

It was confirmed on Sunday morning, per TSN's Kristen Shilton, that goaltender Garret Sparks has been recalled by the National Hockey League organization. "There are so many swings in a game, you have to keep a level head".

Milan Lucic scored a third-period natural hat trick to lead Edmonton over injury-depleted San Jose at SAP Center. He couldn't stop Bournival in the opening minutes of the third though, with the fourth liner tapping in Andrej Sustr's shot from behind the goal for a 3-1 lead.

Andersen, who had stopped three of four shots, left with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Curtis McElhinney, who stopped 12 of 14 shots.

"I guess you could call it a five-team race, but it's really a three-team race if anything", Winnik said.

The Bruins have never played in the Senators in the postseason, and last skated against Washington in postseason play back in 2012, when the Capitals upset the Bruins in seven games thanks to a Joel Ward overtime goal.

Currently, the Isles sit ahead of the Lightning with one more regulation win. He fired the puck home from the slot on a feed from Palat. Penalties-Coburn, TB, (interference), 2:09; Coburn, TB, Major (fight), 4:55; Martin, TOR, Major (fight), 4:55; Polak, TOR, (interference), 6:37. The end result of one last-place season was the best odds for Toronto to land Auston Matthews, the best rookie in the 100-year history of the franchise.

"What's encouraging for us, these guys (rookies) that are new to this, they don't seem to care", Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said. "We have to go out and so the same thing (Friday) or this one is a wasted one".

The Lightning on the other hand still have everything to play for.

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