TORONTO -- We're on the case here this morning in southern Ontario, where the Bruins tonight will take on the Maple Leafs with the end of the regular seaon now only two weeks on the horizon.
While the Bruins had all this week to rest and relax and practices, the Devils were in the midst of losing three straight games, easing some of the pressure down the stretch as the Bruins attempt to capture the Eastern Conference title. With nine games to go, if they were to play .500 the rest of the way, they would finish with 111 points.
If that were the case, the Caps, now in second place with 99 points, would have to win all six of their remaining games to tie the Bruins at 111 points.
The Devils, now with 98 points and eight games to play, would need to capture 13 of 16 points (.813) over these last two weeks in order to equal Boston's 111.
Based on this morning's standards, the Bruins would face the Canadiens in the best-of-seven first-round series. But it likely will be another 10 days, if not more, before their first-round opponent is known. Both the Panthers and Rangers remain likely possibilities, among others.