Breaking Down the Battle for the Eastern Conference's Final Playoff Spot
The Stanley Cup playoffs are nearly here, and with the season coming to an end in just about two weeks, we still have a five-team race for the Eastern Conference's last playoff spot.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes are all engaging in an battle for the 8 seed and a date with the Washington Capitals. While one of Boston, Toronto, or Tampa Bay will secure the third seed in the Atlantic Division, it is important to note that three other teams will be fighting for nothing by April 9th.
Let's see who, coming into play on March 28th, has the outright best chances to lock up playoffs spots by digging deep into each team's remaining schedule, playoff odds (per our power rankings) and form over their past 10 games.