It's a great time to be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Having gone through unsuccessful season after season for countless years, organizational changes and intelligent personnel decisions have finally rendered this team playoff-bound.
As it stands, the Maple Leafs can pride themselves on sitting in the final Wild Card position while having at least two games in hand over their Eastern Conference rivals. Tonight, they will take on a recently-surging Detroit Red Wings team that has amassed nine out of a possible 12 points in the last six games, including three consecutive overtime losses. A hungry Atlantic Division rival awaits them at the Joe Louis Arena, as the Red Wings are only four points out of the final playoff spot.
Head coach Mike Babcock's troops will have to do so once again without their star defenseman Morgan Rielly, who has been sidelined with an injury for the last eight days. Moreover, it appears that he might not be ready to take on the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow in the team's final clash before this weekend's All-Star festivities:
Despite a relatively unspectacular first half of the season, Rielly will be counted on to do better than the single goal and 17 points he has thus far if the team hopes to solidify its presence in the Spring Dance.
More updates to follow soon.