As I write this, the Leafs sit 5 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the 8th playoff spot. The Hurricanes have played 63 games and the Leafs have played 62 so far. Tonight is a huge game for the Maple Leafs, as they head into face the Atlanta Thrashers.
It is going to be an exciting race for that 8th spot with the Buffalo Sabres coming on strong. The Sabres have 65 points and have two games in hand on the Hurricanes and one on the Maple Leafs.
Here is a quick look at the Standings
Team GP PTS
Rangers 64 70
Hurricanes 64 67
Sabres 61 65
Maple Leafs 62 62
Thrashers 62 61
Panthers 61 59
Then New York Rangers have the 7th spot with 70 points and they have already lost today against Tampa Bay, so that is great news for the Leafs.
The Carolina Hurricanes are in the 8th spot with 67 points
The Leafs need to win tonight or the Thrashers will pass them in the standings.