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East update: The strong get stronger

Mar 29, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers Getty Images

This post about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ jarring eight-game losing streak gives a very brief update on the Eastern Conference, but for those who want more than just a dower view of how bad things are for the Buds, here’s a more diverse look at Saturday’s impact:

  • The Atlantic Division is clearly the superior of the two over the long haul. While the Boston Bruins are obviously the top dog (they clinched the No. 1 spot), the other top teams in the Atlantic remain more-than-competent. The Tampa Bay Lightning rode Steven Stamkos‘ two goals (waits for “he actually scored three” jokes) to an overtime win while the Montreal Canadiens won their fifth in a row to stay two points ahead of the Bolts for second place … and home-ice advantage in what almost certainly will be a competitive first-round series.

(That home-ice advantage is definitely still up for grabs, though, as the Lightning hold two games in hand.)

More of a visual learner? Here’s the updated picture:

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  1. blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    What about that guy who makes 10 million per year ? …

    • joey4id - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:34 AM

      Trade him to St. L for TJO. Hitch will have a blast with him. :-)

  2. thegreatmorpheos - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Watch out for Tampa Bay and Montreal come playoff time; two dangerous teams with solid goalies.

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