With first place in the conference, home ice advantage, and positive momentum heading into the playoffs on the line, no March game is meaningless. Two potential points loom large regardless of whether they're coming out of the pockets of Eastern Conference playoff teams, bubble hunters, or Western Conference southern staters. But I'll be damned if games like tonight's tilt between the East-leading Flyers and the second-seeded Caps don't feel about 10 times bigger than any of the games the Orange & Black just played below the Carolinas.
With only two points separating the top two seeds in the East and four separating the top three, these points are huge.
Over the next three days, the Flyers (96) will face both the white-hot Capitals (94) and the Penguins (92). Who's got the measuring stick?
For fans and franchise alike, the Flyers will enter the playoffs with championship expectations. Anything less is entirely unacceptable, and losing a best-of-seven series to either of this week's opponents would be worse monumentally disappointing. Knowing those two fanbases as we have come to, there would be plenty of insult to heap on our injury.
So although the biggest prize tonight is two points in a close standings race, it's impossible not to watch the game wondering how these teams stack up in the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green will be out for the Caps, Chris Pronger for the Flyers, so we're not seeing either side's arsenal fully loaded (not by a long shot for Washington). But there's been a decent rivalry building between these clubs, particularly in the period since the Flyers bounced the Caps in the 2008 playoffs. I'll always remember the pizza box on Joffrey Lupul's back when the Caps fans started throwing things on the ice.
The Caps have have lost just once in the month of March. The Flyers are undoubtedly playing with something to prove as they try to pull out of a down month. Both sides should be pretty fired up when they take the ice for tonight's nationally televised (Versus) 7:30 start.
Coming off a masterful performance in Dallas, Sergei Bobrovsky is starting again tonight. With 11 games left, are we seeing the beginning of his being ramped up to be the playoff starter? Or will Lavvy keep us guessing until the final night of the regular season?
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TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation loss of the season with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.
Matt Martin, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-0). Mitch Marner added two assists.
Toronto has won at least seven of its first nine games for the first time since the 1993-94 season and just the seventh time overall in franchise history.
Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis scored for Los Angeles (6-1-1), which had won four in a row. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots.
Toronto defenseman Roman Polak made his season debut after signing a $1.1 million, one-year deal on Sunday. He had one assist and played 12-plus minutes (see full recap).
Couture, Jones lead Sharks past struggling Rangers
NEW YORK -- Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped 33 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.
Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.
Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.
With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.
San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period (see full recap).