College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Although the chances of making the playoffs for the Toronto Maple Leafs are slim to none, a win tonight equates provincial bragging rights until the next season. The Leafs are on the road tonight as they travel down the 401 to take on the Ottawa Senators. It’s the sixth and final meeting between these two rivals. Ottawa took the first two games and Toronto has answered back with three wins in a row. Before their loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon the Leafs put together a three-game winning streak. Since trading away several veterans the Leafs are the second youngest team in the league and have turned the last half of the season into a dress rehearsal for next season. Over it’s last four game games Toronto has scored 15 goals and the average age of the scorer is 24.1 years old. Most impressive has been the top-line of 22 year old Phil Kessel, 21 year old Tyler Bozak and the veteran of the group 23 year old Nikolai Kuleman. The trio has combined for eight goals and nine assists in their last four games. Ottawa returns home coming off a three game road trip to Western Canada. Things started off well with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, but the good times ended there. Two nights later the Sens were blanked by the Calgary Flames 2-0 and then on Saturday night the Vancouver Canucks blasted them 5-1. Unlike their provincial rivals, Ottawa is in the middle of the playoff hunt. They’re fifth in the East with 79 points, three ahead of the sixth seeded Philadelphia Flyers and three points behind the division leading Buffalo Sabres. A win tonight for Ottawa would not only even its series with Toronto, but help towards its post season push.