Leafs-Senators to battle for nothing

Jay McClement of the Toronto Maple Leafs swipes a puck out of the zone against the Ottawa Senators...

Jay McClement of the Toronto Maple Leafs swipes a puck out of the zone against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 1, 2014. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 PM ET

Leafs Nation and Sens Army will commiserate at Heartbreak Hotel this weekend.

Two teams which began the season with bright playoff hopes and an improved chance of renewing their rivalry in a series thanks to re-alignment, now gird for one final Hockey Night in Canada game with nothing at stake, but also-ran status.

Tied at 84 points and unable to catch the wild-card teams, they might not know who gets bragging rights in the Battle of Ontario until Sunday when the Sens end their schedule against Pittsburgh.

“This is not where you want to be,” Senators winger Clarke MacArthur told the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan. “We’ve been fighting it all year. They’ve kind of had a taste of (success), they’ve had their and some serious downs.

“We’ve kind of been right in the middle the whole year. Both sides have got to be frustrated.”


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