Hello gossip fiends! The end of the season is upon us (or…almost, for the Canadian division), and with it we have playoff matchups and locker clean out interviews and all sorts of goodies to look at. Plus, of course, those random Canadian division games that are virtually meaningless. So let’s take a look, shall we?
The Leafs have their “Battle of Ontario season finale” tonight because apparently that’s a thing!
Battle of Ontario: Season Finale
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 12, 2021
So if you happen to be desperate to know how the series between the first place team and likely last place team in the division ends up, tonight’s the night!
But you know what is exciting about tonight’s game? The one and only Frederik Andersen is back in net!
Sheldon Keefe said the plan is for Frederik Andersen to start tomorrow vs. OTT
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) May 11, 2021
As a reminder, Freddie has been sidelined with an injury since March. He recently did a conditioning stint with the Marlies where his results were…uhhh….less than stellar. It definitely feels like a certainty that Jack Campbell will get the start for the playoffs, but obviously the team needs to see where things stand with Fred.
Speaking of Jack, he is the Leafs nominee for the Masterton Trophy!
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 10, 2021
And finally – they did it. As most predicted, the Leafs will finish this season with the top seed in the Canadian Division. It feels gooooood to be on top.
North Division: Clinched
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 9, 2021
It’s (almost) tiiiiiime. (Yes, we’re aware that the Canadian Division has to finish games but we’re ignoring that for now.)
While some divisions are still solidifying their first round match ups, we do know who the Leafs will be playing.
Brings on Leafs-Habs in Round 1…
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) May 12, 2021
Oh my goddddd it’s HAPPENING!!!!!!!! The timeless rivalry is ALIVE. This is gonna be bloody, and terrifying, and AWESOME.
Fun fact: Every time in NHL history that the Leafs and Habs have met in the playoffs, the winner has gone on to win the Stanley Cup. https://t.co/4beVrK9iqq
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 12, 2021
But NO PRESSURE.
And also also:
I realize this is way too premature. But there are several plausible scenarios through which the Leafs and Bruins end up playing for the Stanley Cup. And that, friends, would be incredible.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 11, 2021
Ummmmmmm. I don’t know if I want this, or if I want to kill it with fire.
Well this seems fine for the Sabres:
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 10, 2021
And this seems, not so fine:
Jack Eichel essentially says the Sabres wouldn’t let him have surgery on his herniated disk in his neck.
His body, his choice?
“It doesn’t work like that. I wish. … I’m under contract with this team and they definitely hold a lot of cards on what I can and can’t do.”
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) May 10, 2021
Jack Eichel may or may not be in Buffalo next season. But someone definitely won’t be in Columbus:
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) May 9, 2021
Just a lot of unhappy hockey players ending their seasons, unfortunately:
Patrik Laine: “It was a pretty scary experience for the team and myself. It’s just a good feeling that the season is over. Everything that could go wrong went wrong.”
Isn’t going to World Championships in Latvia. “Such a below season that I can’t stand a game of hockey anymore.” https://t.co/x359Do1o5J
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) May 12, 2021
However, there is one player who’s probably pretty happy right now:
Question: What is the name of the first-ever player to join the #SeaKraken?
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) May 12, 2021
That’s all she wrote, folks! See you next week, when the real fun begins. Because as my friend Ian likes to say – the regular season is meaningless.