Tonight, the Leafs are Florida bound. This will be the fourth and final game between these two teams. Roster wise, you can argue there isn’t much distinction between the quality of the two teams and yet they find themselves in drastically different situations.
The Panthers are looking for a chance to stay in the driver seat of the Southeast Division while our boys are just… playing out the year. The playoffs are still a mathematical possibility but we can all agree that most of us are already looking at that high pick. As for the players, it’s a battle for jobs under the new coach and a chance to make a fresh start (here’s looking at you Mike Komisarek).