We would meet the Florida Panthers in the first round and out of all the teams in the top 4 I believe the Panthers would be our BEST chance. Not saying we woundn't beat the others but I believe they would be our best shot. There is a good chance that Florida would take that division, so I think we should finish 6th, so we could get a 2nd round berth eh.
I agree..I wouldn't count out the Sabres as long as Ryan Miller is their backstop...I fully expect both the Sabres and Caps to be in the top 8 at the end of the day...I think 2 of Toronto,Ottawa and New Jersey will fall out to make room....lets hope its Ottawa and Jersey..
Would be a great story if both teams matched up in the first round. The only 2 teams that have not made the playoffs post lockout. I will be pissed, though, if Florida makes the playoffs and the Leafs don't.
The Leafs and the Panthers have been consistently across from each other in the standings so far this season. I wouldn't be surprised if they play against each other first round. Actually, I'll go on record as that being my prediction. Panther's aren't a fluke. Mr. Tallon is a smart man and we're currently reaping the benefits of his wisdom. Granted that everyone is healthy come playoffs, the Panthers smoke the Leafs with a goal from Versteeg.
In a perfect world, we finish in the 6th spot and face Florida/Washington/Tampa/Winnipeg in the first round. I'm assuming whoever comes out on top of the Southeast will end up in 3rd place. I like our chances against those teams much more than against Boston/Philly/NYR/Pittsburgh, that's for sure.