Mar 26, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) and center Tyler Bozak (42) and left wing Joffrey Lupul (19) look on from the bench against the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Panthers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

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With a full slate of games last night, the playoff picture in the Easter Conference became even more muddied with losses from both Toronto and Detroit, the teams that held the two playoff wildcard spots going into the night. Wins by Washington, New Jersey, Carolina and Florida means only three points separates 6th from 11th place.

 

The slide the Maple Leafs are on has cause significant consternation in Toronto, this was made even worse by another blowout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night. [TSN.ca]

 

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red WingsFebruary 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) receives congratulations from center Ryan Getzlaf (15) after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsTeemu Selanne had the winner but the Anaheim Ducks won their 5th straight last night and 9th of their last 10 on the strength of newly named Canadian Olympians Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry who had three points apiece in the 4-3 win. [ SI.com]

 

 

Despite falling 4-3 to the Washington Capitals last night the Tampa Bay Lighting have far exceeded expectations so far this season even after the devastating injury to their star player [ NHL.com]

 

When you look at the standings, one thing stands out about many of the teams in playoff spots, for the most part they have a very distinct home ice advantage. Bleacher Report broke down the most successful teams in their home rink this season. [b/r]

 

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