History shows it doesn't matter who Leafs face in playoffs

Many fans would like to see the Maple Leafs matched up against the Montreal Canadiens in the first...

Many fans would like to see the Maple Leafs matched up against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

TAMPA - So now the guessing begins.

Who will the Maple Leafs draw in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs?

Will it be the Montreal Canadiens, a foe that the Leafs have not met in the post-season in 34 years? How about the Boston Bruins, a club that has used a compete level in recent years that the Leafs, for the most part, have not been able to match? Or the Washington Capitals, an at-times unpredictable group that could lose a first-round series in five games or build momentum and advance to the Cup final?

The Leafs’ destination ­— provided they kick off the Cup tournament on the road — might not be revealed until late Sunday night, when the outcome of the re-scheduled game between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators in Boston could have a direct influence on determining Toronto’s first-round opponent.

Here’s another question: Does it really matter who the Leafs play? The answer is quick and easy. No.


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