Happy Monday to you all...better week than last, when I was still getting over the crushing Patriots' loss to Indy. Anytime you can see the Pats beat the New York Jets, it's a good thing, but I have to admit, seeing it happen against Rex Ryan, who has embarrassed himself and the Jets organization with his constant bloviating and arrogance early, which gave way to blubbery emotion and tears in recent weeks, is the icing on the cake. But, I digress. This is, afterall, a hockey blog.
The Toronto Maple Leafs got a big win against the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals at home on Saturday (only their second home victory of the season) in the shootout to give them 14 points on the season in 21 games (4-11-6). Phil Kessel ripped a shot past Semyon Varlamov and Vesa Toskala (who played his best game of the season) stopped Eric Fehr (who broke his stick) and then lucked out when Alexander Ovechkin whiffed to send his shot over the net. The win wasn't enough to get the Leafs out of the basement, but pulled them to within one point of Carolina, and three of the Western Conference cellar-dwelling Anaheim Ducks.
The Bruins got wins on the road against Atlanta and Buffalo primarily thanks to Tuukka Rask's cool and poised netminding. Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Atlanta on Sunday, pushing them ahead of Boston for seventh in the standings. If the season ended today, the Bruins would be the eighth seed. They are only seven points out of first in the conference (with all teams ahead of the B's in the standings except for the Pens and Caps having games-in-hand on them).
Anyway- as you'll see, the B's projected picks are getting lower on the board as they, along with Tampa, continue to win games. Toronto's stumbles last week thanks in large part to Jonas Gustavsson, were great news for Boston fans.
So, without further ado- the picks:
1st overall- Toronto (14 points)
13th overall- Boston (24 points)
31st overall- Toronto
43rd overall- Boston
45th overall- Tampa Bay (25 points)