The Oilers winning two in a row has them gaining ground fast on a Leafs team that’s barely gained a point in three months.
Once thought an impossible feat (getting within shouting distance of the Oilers and Coyotes), Edmonton is now just three points back with seven games remaining. Catching 2nd-last Arizona, who trail by 6 points, is pretty unlikely unless the Leafs lose out and Arizona finishes “strong” (.500ish).
But hey, never count this Leafs team out!
The Marlies play this afternoon at 3 p.m. in a game with serious playoff implications, as their opponent in Hamilton currently holds the 8th-seed and is one point ahead of Toronto.
- CBS Sports: Phil Kessel and David Booth fight at practice (Video)
This definitely means something more than a simple case of tempers flaring with two guys battling in practice… we’ll wait for Feschuk’s story on the specifics.
- Jonas Siegel: Leafs tryouts look to make impression (TSN.ca)
The Leafs want Carrick to play with the edginess he showed in the fall, not to respect his opponents too much. He’s gotten that message firsthand from Steve Spott, who coached Carrick with the Marlies last season and now operates as one of the club’s three assistants.
- Chris Stevenson: Senators unsure which goalie to play on Saturday (NHL.com)
Not sure it matters, Dave!
- Lance Hornby: Leafs Minnesota prospects making strides (Toronto Sun)
Dominic Toninato had an assist, Tony Cameranesi had a goal and an assist in yesterday’s Minn-Duluth win over Minnesota yesterday.