Gotta say, I like those lines. I prefer McClement on the 4th line, and as an occasional important defensive center. We have a lot of potential offense in this lineup, we should take advantage of that. Good to have a vet like Mac with Frattin and Kadri.
if Carolina wins today and we lose tonight, do we move down to 8th or do we stay at 7th
Here are the tie-breakers, listed from first tie-breaker to last tie-breaker, from the NHL.com standings page:
1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
2.The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout. This figure is reflected in the ROW column.
3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
4.The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season. NOTE: In standings a victory in a shootout counts as one goal for, while a shootout loss counts as one goal against.
Only the first tie-breaker will be relevant for tonight. The Leafs are at 12 points in 11 games played. The Canes are at 10 points in 9 games played. If they win and we lose in regulation, then Carolina will equal Toronto in points but will have played fewer games. Therefore they would go above us in the standings.