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Hockey Daily Dose

Lightning Keep WC Fight Alive

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Just a week ago it looked like the Toronto Maple Leafs would make the playoffs while Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders would fall short.  That still is the likely scenario, but the events of the past few days have made that more questionable.

 

After the Lightning beat Montreal on Friday, all three teams are still in the running going into the last weekend of the regular season.  With the tiebreaker system in place, it gets pretty complicated, but here's a rundown of all the remaining scenarios:

 

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The Maple Leafs will make the playoffs if:

 

- They get at least two points in their final two games.

 

If the Maple Leafs only get one point they can still make the playoffs if:

 

- The Lightning lose their final game in either regulation or a shootout

AND

- The Islanders get three or fewer points in their final two games OR the Islanders win both games, but don't win either game in regulation or overtime.  In other words, the Islanders would have won both games in shootouts.

 

If the Maple Leafs don't get any points they can make the playoffs if:

 

- The Lightning lose their final game either in regulation or with an overtime/shootout point.

AND

- The Islanders get two or fewer points in their final two games OR the Islanders get three points, but don't win either game in regulation or overtime.  In other words, the Islanders' win would have had to come in a shootout.

 

If the Lightning beat Buffalo on Sunday in regulation or overtime they'll make the playoffs if:

 

- Toronto only gets one or no points in its final two games.

AND

- The Islanders get three or fewer points in their last two games OR the Islanders win both games, but one of those two victories comes in a shootout.

 

If the Lightning beat Buffalo on Sunday in a shootout they'll make the playoffs if:

 

- Toronto gets no points in its final two games.

AND

- The Islanders get three or fewer points in their last two games OR the Islanders win both games, but in shootouts.

 

If the Islanders win both of their games without going into a shootout then they'll make the playoffs if:

 

- Toronto gets one or fewer points in its final two games.

 

If the Islanders win both of their games, but one of them is won in a shootout then they'll make the playoffs if:

 

- Toronto gets one or fewer points in its final two games.

AND

- Tampa Bay loses its final game in regulation or with a consolation point OR Tampa Bay wins, but in a shootout.

 

If the Islanders win both of their games, but both of them are won in shootouts then the Islanders can make the playoffs if:

 

- Toronto gets no points in its final two games.

AND

- Tampa Bay loses its final game in regulation or with a consolation point.

 

If the Islanders get three of a possible four points, but their win comes prior to a shootout then the Islanders can make the playoffs if:

 

- Toronto gets no points in its final two games.

AND

- Tampa Bay loses its final game in regulation time.

 

Just to be clear, all of this will be resolved if Toronto beats Pittsburgh tonight.  It's if the Maple Leafs can't seal the deal that things have the potential to get so complicated.

 

LIGHTNING 4 CANADIENS 2

 

Yanni Gourde scored Tampa Bay's first and last goals on Friday.  He's up to six goals and eight points in 19 games this season.

 

Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net and registered an assist.  His marker was his 40th of the season, making him just the second player to reach that mark after Sidney Crosby.

 

Alex Killorn netted the game-winning goal.  It was his 19th goal and 35th point in 80 games.

 

Cory Conacher assisted on two of Tampa Bay's four goals.  That gives him four points in 10 contests.

 

Artturi Lehkonen scored a goal and registered an assist.  The Canadiens rookie has 17 goals and 27 points in 72 contests.

 

Dwight King accounted for Montreal's other goal.  He has nine goals and 16 points in 79 games.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 29 Canadiens shots.  That was his second straight win, brining his record up to 22-17-7.

 

Carey Price surrendered four goals on just 22 shots.  He'll get Montreal's season finale off, so he's ending the season with 37 wins.

Ryan Dadoun

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