In my decades of following the Bruins I can not recall a scenario like this with three months to go not only does a playoff spot seem likely but also what the first round matchup will be. Maple Leafs Universe despises the Bruins more than any team in the NHL - even Montreal. Leafs and Habs have no recent playoff history, in fact they have not met since 1979. The Bruins????? Oh I think we know the game that fans under the age of 45 in Toronto remember. Here is the reality - BOTH teams will make moves not so much to win the Cup but to survive that first round. I don't think home ice is a big factor as home teams in the NHL are not a lock in a Game 7. Down Goes Brown Weekend Wrap: Is Atlantic playoff race already over? This is a weird question to ask before the season has even hit the halfway mark, but we’ll ask it anyway: Is the Atlantic Division playoff race already over? There’s a case to be made. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the league’s best team, and are holding a 10-point lead for first place in the division. That’s not insurmountable, but it’s pretty darn comfortable, especially when every other division is within three points. We can already pencil the Lightning in for the division’s top seed. While we’ve got that pencil out, we might as well go ahead and add the Bruins and Leafs in second and third. We don’t know the order there yet, with the two teams tied (although Boston has three games in hand), but the two teams seem locked into those two spots. If so, that gives us our first playoff matchup, although we may not know for a while who’d have home-ice advantage. That leaves five Atlantic teams to work with, and man, what a mess the rest of the division is.