10 games left for Leafs

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

As the Maple Leafs make a late-season charge, many of their remaining opponents in the final 10 games are in retreat.

Toronto, which is 9-3-1 in its past 13, completes its schedule against Buffalo (three games), Boston (twice), Ottawa (twice), Montreal (twice) and their only non-divisional game, Tuesday at the New York Islanders. Here's a closer look at how those teams are faring and when they play the Leafs:

BUFFALO SABRES

(2-2-1 vs. Leafs to date)

Tomorrow at Toronto

March 21 at Buffalo

April 1 at Toronto

Just a point up on the Leafs at present, they've lost four straight after getting creamed Wednesday by Pittsburgh. Once again, questionable off-ice decisions have impacted the mood in the dressing room with the trading of defenceman Brian Campbell. Goalie Ryan Miller has been sub-par for almost a month and he certainly misses Campbell.

BOSTON BRUINS

(3-3 vs. Leafs)

March 25 at Toronto

March 27 at Boston

An 8-0-1 streak in February put them in the playoff picture, but they were spanked 8-2 by the Leafs last week and have been treading water since. They've made a strong commitment to defence under coach Claude Julien, but when the trap backfires, goaltending suffers and special teams hit a wall, they have few offensive weapons to respond.

OTTAWA SENATORS

(2-3-1 vs. Leafs)

March 22 at Ottawa

April 3 at Toronto

Hands up if you thought Paul Maurice would out live John Paddock behind the bench this season. Most think the Senators have too much talent not to recover before April, but where have their leaders gone?

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

(1-1-1 vs. Leafs)

March 18 at Long Island

The Isles once more will require a repeat rescue of last April's 4-0 finish. They've lost eight of 10 and after taking on the Leafs and Canadiens in the new few days, beleaguered coach Ted Nolan must prep for eight Atlantic Division games against teams sitting sixth or higher in the conference.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

(3-2-1 vs. Leafs)

March 29 at Toronto

April 5 at Montreal

Could the Leafs season come down to another Game 82 overtime decision with Montreal again? The Leafs finally beat hot young goalie Carey Price in the last meeting and usually save their best hockey for the Bell Centre. But if the April 5 game is meaningful only for the Leafs, and the Habs have first in the conference clinched, will the latter sit some stars for the playoffs or try avenge last year's knockout?


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