TAMPA - Get ready for a first round rarity when two of the top eight teams in the league standings square off in a first round match up in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Which means one of the top eight teams in the NHL standings are guaranteed not to advance past the first round. Toronto ended the season with 115 points, the best regular season in franchise history. The Lightning finished with 110 points, the third best regular season in franchise history.
One of them will be left wondering what went wrong at some point in the next two weeks, questioning why they were not able to move past ...
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