Blue Jackets-Maple Leafs Preview

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EAST: The Toronto Maple Leafs' loss to Columbus sends them to Washington to face the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals on the brutal Metropolitan Division side of the draw.

The Leafs are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and Babcock stressed in the morning that it was because of a full team effort. It also means the Boston Bruins travel to Ottawa to open against the Senators.

Fourteen Capitals have more than 20 points including T.J. Oshie and Ovechkin, who both scored 33 goals this season. The spotlight will be brighter in the playoffs, but he has responded to every challenge so far. He has averaged 4.6 shots on goal per game over his past 18 games after averaging 3.6 in the first 64 games. They are holding onto the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and are hoping to clinch today.

To seal the game with an empty-netter, Auston Matthews scored his 40th of the season, joining only Eric Lindros and Mario Lemieux among rookies 19 and younger to achieve the feat in the last 30 years.

The Leafs got on the board early in the second when van Riemsdyk scored the first of his two goals on the night. Evgeni Malkin found the net in both outings against the Maple Leafs this season, but the team continues to be cautious with the former Hart Trophy victor as he nurses his way back to health following a shoulder injury. "Now it's time to have some fun and just let them go and play". After taking some time to adjust, Shattenkirk has taken the Capitals power play to another level. Both teams have 94 points with one game remaining, and if they remain tied when the season ends, the Flames will have the advantage due to their 41-39 edge in ROW. Moreover, the Capitals won each of their three games against Boston this season.

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Marc-Andre Fleury started in goal for the Penguins but dropped to 7-1-2 in his last 10 decisions at Toronto, 12-4-2 in his last 18 decisions overall against the Leafs. Fehr is sidelined with an undisclosed injury. St. Louis has a 95-94 edge in points, but the Blues have two games to play while Nashville has one.

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski missed his third straight game with a shoulder injury Saturday but is expected to be ready for the playoffs.

Then two Isles wins still does it, as long as one is in regulation.unless the Lightning win their game against the Sabres. The Blue Jackets turned the tables with three goals over a seven-minute stretch in the second period, finishing their franchise-best season at 108 points. But on goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov in the third period, the Capitals tied the game. More important though is the potential absence of Andersen for the start of that post-season. He sat out the regular-season finale against the Columbus Blue Jackets after leaving a 5-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday following a collision with Penguins forward Tom Sestito.

They're off to the Stanley Cup tournament, following a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have tried in vain in the past to say their history has no impact. "We still have business to take care of, but it's a big night for us to clinch". Squandering an early four-minute power play ended up hurting them as their energy dwindled in the final 25 minutes, and they couldn't find an equalizer.

"The playoffs are not going to be easy no matter how you skin the cat", Leafs defenceman and former Capital Connor Carrick said.

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