We’ve all been paying attention to the bottom of the Leastern race for so long, maybe we’ve forgotten about the craziness going on at the top.
But now that your boys have a legit and realistic chance to get in, and have a shot at finishing sixth, seventh or eighth (or ninth), maybe we should look at the top three seeds, too.
Washington, obviously, is first. But the Devils and Penguins are dead tied in points (99) and wins (the Devils hold the second tiebreaker with their 6-0 record over Pitt), and Buffalo is a point back at 98. They are all playing today and tomorrow.
The winner of the Atlantic will get one of the top three seeds, the loser will be fourth. Buffalo, which won the Northeast, could finish second or third in the conference. Ottawa is locked into fifth. Everything else is uncertain.
So, remaining games that matter to the Least:
Today: Carolina-Boston at 1; Toronto-Montreal, Islanders-Devils, Pitt-Atlanta and Buffalo-Ottawa all at 7.
Tomorrow: Boston-Washington at noon; Rangers-Flys at 3, Buffalo-Devils and Pitt-Islanders at 5.
I’m going to use this off-day to mow the lawn, watch some of the Masters and drive to Philly tonight. Enjoy.